12. September 2016 · Comments Off on The Fight Goes On! Contract Passes with 98% Approval · Categories: Vote!, Your Contract

Today our members came out to vote on the new contract, and voted 97.7% 98% in favor of approving our one year deal with the district.

We had a second question on the ballot, regarding extending the terms of the chapter officers and bargaining team, which passed with 95.3% 95.8% approval.

Join us on October 5, 5:30pm at 350 Rhode Island Street to talk about our next steps getting to city pay parity.

Update: after reviewing challenge ballots, the final tally is 98% in favor of the contract, 95.8% in favor of the team.

12. September 2016 · Comments Off on Vote TODAY to Keep up the Fight – Early and Late Voting Options · Categories: Vote!, Your Contract

Special Before and After Hours Voting
Polls are already open at the SOTA cafeteria this morning as of 6am, so come by early if you can, or vote until 5pm at the union hall.

Chapter Meeting and Phone Banking October 5, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Join us at the union hall on October 5 for our next chapter meeting. We’ll be talking about strategy for next year’s bargaining, how to add folks to the bargaining team, and reaching out to our members about the important education issues on the ballot this year.

See you at the polls!

08. September 2016 · Comments Off on Vote MONDAY! · Categories: News, Vote!, Your Contract

Check out the new searchable DRAFT contract online (some small revisions still to come)

Check out our DRAFT contract
We’ve settled a one-year deal with the District, and we’re headed to vote on Monday! Check out our website for details if you didn’t get last week’s email, and be sure to forward this to anyone you know who isn’t signed up.

Where do I vote?

There are 7 voting sites around town:
We’re starting at 8am with two sites:
834 Toland Street (Buildings and Grounds)
350 Rhode Island Street (the union hall)

At 9am, we’re adding 5 more sites:
555 Franklin Street
135 Van Ness
20 Cook Street
Burton High School
SOTA High School

What are we voting about?

There are two issues on the ballot:
1. Should we ratify the new contract?
2. Should we extend the terms of the officers and bargaining team until the new contract is finalized?

About extending the terms: We are due for an officers’ election at the end of this school year, which will fall right in the middle of bargaining. Your team, after a lot of discussion, thinks that it would be best to put off that election until we’ve wrapped up the contract so we can all focus on it properly.

I want to be on the 2017 Bargaining Team

We will be electing new bargaining team members and alternates at an upcoming chapter meeting, since we have a couple of vacant seats. If you’re interested in working on the new contract, or on getting information out to members about bargaining, please let us know!

29. August 2016 · Comments Off on Get Ready for Your New Contract – Ratification Vote on September 12 · Categories: Your Contract

After five months, your bargaining team signed a one-year deal to ensure you got your 2016 raise as soon as possible:

5% raise effective July 1, 2016

all classifications, all steps

Your team views this as a downpayment on true city pay parity, which means we have a lot more work to do: we’ll be back at the table this winter to continue fighting for fair wages and policies to retain the very best staff for our school children!

The ratification vote will be on Monday, September 12 at sites around the district — we’ll send out exact details later this week. Your bargaining team strongly urges you to vote YES!


We also made progress on a variety of workplace issues. Here are the highlights:

5 floating holidays every year going forward

Doubled tuition reimbursement pool and individual limits; Also participation in City University, providing a wide variety of free classes at City College of San Francisco

Catastrophic sick leave donation program

Aunt and Uncle included in family covered by bereavement leave

Verbal reprimands will not be placed in your personnel file unless there are further issues

No discipline for substance violations that would not be a crime in California

A commitment to permanent testing for clerks by July 2017

Promotional interview priority for clerks at step 5

Travel time and expenses between worksites paid for SNS workers on split shifts

Employee orientation meetings within 60 days of hire

Complete drafts of the new contract are available for review – just let us know and we’ll send you one.

04. June 2016 · Comments Off on Tell the Budget Committee: Invest in Quality Child Care! · Categories: News, Stand Up!
Activist Teresa Lewxowitz arrested at child care rally

SEIU 1021 member and retired childcare worker Teresa Lewkowitz is arrested during a rally to support Early Education funding at the capitol. From @raisingCA on flickr.

The Assembly has proposed a $619 million investment into California’s childcare system by expanding access to quality childcare for children and families and increasing pay rates for child care workers.
Let the Budget Conference Committee members know you stand with the budget and making sure every family has access to quality, affordable child care: http://bit.ly/1UjzjiH

The Sacramento Bee gets it:

Though state lawmakers still talk a great game when it comes to caring about families, child care funding lags prerecession levels by more than $800 million. And though the legislative women’s caucus has asked for that money to be put back, the response so far has been pathetic.

We get the need to be fiscally prudent, but really? Maybe these people haven’t spent time around children lately. Otherwise they’d know that, just as one diaper won’t do when a baby uses eight daily, $80 worth of babysitting isn’t gettable for ten bucks.

State lawmakers should take another look at this funding. Nothing – no pothole, no pay raise, no prison – is more important than the first years of a child’s life.

Image from @raisingCA on flickr.

25. May 2016 · Comments Off on June 2 – School Board Candidates Night · Categories: Special Events, Vote!, Your Rights
Join your fellow SEIU 1021 members for a

School Board Candidates Night

Your Vote • Your Voice • Your Union
SEIU 1021 COPE

June 2 at 6pm

RSVP online or to Josh for 5:30 dinner
350 Rhode Island Street
on the 10, 19, 22, 33, and 55 bus lines
This is an important opportunity to interview school board candidates on our issues like school food, pay parity, permanent jobs, career education, staffing levels, and student safety. Please join us – your voice really matters in selecting the best candidates for School Board.

Download and share the flyer with your coworkers

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22. May 2016 · Comments Off on Intermediate Steward Training – June 7 · Categories: Uncategorized

Stewards Standing Up for Our Communities

350 Rhode Island St

Must RSVP to 877-OUR-1021

This course looks closely at grievance handling and investigations, the tests of just cause, dealing with management, and the union’s right to information.
Sign Up!

Find more trainings

20. May 2016 · Comments Off on School Board Candidates Night, Thursday June 2 · Categories: Uncategorized

Four seats are up in the SFUSD Board of Education election this November, and a good school board is crucial to providing the best education and resources for our students. Please join us for this important event to meet the school board candidates and discuss their positions on important issues in education and labor.
All members are welcome at these candidate nights, and your voice is important in the selection of endorsed candidates.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 6pm
Dinner at 5:30, please RSVP for dinner
350 Rhode Island Street
on the 22, 33, 55, 10, and 19 bus lines (and not far from the 9 and 9R)

20. May 2016 · Comments Off on I can’t pay the rent without my 18% · Categories: Special Events, Stand Up!, Your Contract

Next Tuesday, May 24, We Stand Up!

This fall, SFUSD classified workers will be 18.25% behind city workers in the same jobs.

Our communities thrive when school workers live in our city’s neighborhoods and build bonds with the families there. Our communities thrive when good jobs are available to parents and graduates looking for a step up. Our communities thrive when the best and brightest workers are lining up to support our public schools. Fair wages are a necessary part of bringing our values to action.

Your bargaining team has put forward a responsible proposal for a three-year phase in of equal pay with city jobs, with insurance that we won’t fall behind in the future, but the district reports they are “not interested in competing with the city on wages.”

We deserve equal pay and respect, but it won’t come for free.

It’s time to fight for your rights and fair wages. Tuesday, May 24 at 5pm, we’re taking our message to the school board.  Will you be there to tell them what you need?

What does come for free? T-shirts and Pizza!

Download and share the flyer, and then RSVP so we can have a t-shirt and slice ready for you!

If you’re around 555 Franklin earlier in the day, we’re also having a union lunch gathering in the board room at from noon – 12:45 to share updates on bargaining and answer questions.

RSVP and come to the rally for your pizza and t-shirt! 

11. May 2016 · Comments Off on Calling All Members – May 24 Rally · Categories: Uncategorized
May 24 Flyer Front (click to download)
May 24 Flyer Back and Negotiations Update (Click to download)

Stand up for your rights, your benefits and your wages!

We are calling all members to come rally at 555 Franklin at 5pm on Tuesday MAY 24.

Come raise your voices let the District know it’s time to raise our wages and bring parity to SFUSD workers. On average school district workers are earning 18% less than city workers in the same jobs. Enough is enough. Come one and all, bring your coworkers, you families, your friends every voice matters.

Please print and share the attached flyer with your coworkers who don’t get email.

RSVP to 877-OUR-1021 or by clicking here to make sure we have pizza for you.

T-shirts for the first 100 to RSVP!