San Bruno Teachers, School Staff Reach Agreements with District
San Bruno Education Association members rallied April 28.
Teachers and Classified school staff members rallied April 28 in San Bruno for a fair contract with the San Bruno Park School District (SBPSD). The SBPSD Governing Board approved $400,000 in budget cuts April 22 on a 3-2 vote. The Board voted to close libraries at all school sites, cut maintenance staff to 30 hours per week, cut two principals and split two of the remaining principals between four schools, and close one school for the 2016-17 school year.
School Board members Sanchez, Martinez, and Flynn voted for the cuts in April and said it was necessary to make the cuts before submitting the budget to the County Office of Education. The Board also voted to restore the cuts if funding from the state increased.
Gary Pettinari, a Gardener with the San Bruno Park School District and President of California School Employees Association Chapter 139, said at the rally that teachers and classified staff faced major cuts, which the District has proposed to resolve the structural deficit. A majority of the teachers represented by the San Bruno Education Association (SBEA) met April 22 and voted to authorize a strike if the District imposed its “last best final” offer.
An impasse between the SBEA and the District was broken May 11 when the teachers’ union and the School District reached a tentative agreement. The Board of Trustees released a statement noting that the two sides reached an agreement “after a tremendous amount of hard work and a joint commitment to finding a mutually agreeable solution to the parties’ contract dispute. We want to thank all involved for their commitment to the process and the students of the district.”
SBEA President Julia Maynard reported that teachers will get a 6 to 6-1/2 percent wage increase. “With the 2 percent that we were already guaranteed, this means that starting next year the current salary schedule will have 185 days and will include an 8 to 8-1/2 percent pay raise,” Maynard said. “This is beyond our expectations! This is really a testament to all of the hard work that was put in by all of you. I hope that this momentum will continue!”
The increase in wages resulted from an extra $19.3 million in state funding for the District through new calculations of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The tentative agreement also calls for reducing the student-to-teacher ratio from 31 to one this school year to 29 to one next year and 28 to one for the 2016-17 school year in grades K-3.
On May 21, the District and CSEA 139 reached a tentative agreement on a contract with a guaranteed 2 percent increase, based on the additional funds calculated from the LCFF for the 2015-2016 school year. CSEA 139 President Gary Pettinari noted that in April, “the District was still proposing a 6.2 percent pay cut for classified staff. But after months of organizing, circulating petitions, showing up in force at Board meetings, and standing together with the certificated staff, we walked away with a raise.” Classified staff could also receive additional raises based on the LCFF. Other contract improvements include stronger Safety language, paid professional development days, and an opportunity to reopen negotiations on wages, health and welfare benefits for the 2016-2017 school year.
Pettinari wrote to CSEA members, “By standing together as classified staff, and in unity with the teachers, we persuaded the District to put its additional funding from the state toward staff first. If ratified, this agreement will provide the first general salary increase that SBPSD classified staff have received in eight years. Congratulations to everyone who did your part. This is our victory.” A ratification meeting was scheduled for May 29 as Labor went to press.
Parents and elementary school students joined teachers and CSEA members at the April 28 rally, along with representatives of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council, Teamsters and AFT Local 1481.
Parents and elementary school students joined teachers and CSEA members at the April 28 rally in San Bruno.