Union negotiators march into district building

Bargaining teams representing teachers and staff on strike in Sacramento marched into the district office Wednesday and vowed not to leave until reaching an agreement. The dramatic move came as picketers marked one week since going on strike and six days with kids out of the classroom. Union members first gathered for a rally outside the Serna Center before bargaining teams for the Sacramento Teachers Association and SEUI 1021 marched into the Sacramento City Unified District building, KCRA 3’s Lysée Mitri reported. Union members told KCRA 3 they believe the district hasn’t had a sense of urgency about ending the strike. Talks until now have been virtual.Where SCUSD-SCTA negotiations stand Although the talks had been appearing to make progress, the SCTA said on Wednesday that the latest round had seemed to be moving backward with the district making new demands for more standardized testing and a rollback in retired benefits. The district did not directly address that claim, telling KCRA 3 its most recent proposal is on its website and that negotiations with SCTA will continue on Wednesday. SCUSD has said that its recent offer included increases in one-time stipends offered to teachers, up from 1% to 1.5% for 2019 to 2021 school years, and 3% for the 2021-22 school year, up from 2%. of health care, the district is now offering to pay 100% of an employee’s health plan for those who choose to stay with HealthNet for one year, while the district looks for an alternative plan to Kaiser. They’ve also offered a $3,000 bonus for anyone switching to Kaiser from the more expensive HealthNet plan. The district has offered to increase the signing bonus for new teachers from $2,000 to $3,000. In all, the district says its latest offer to the union would give a 9.65% increase in compensation via one-time stipends and an ongoing salary increase. The teachers unions say the district is well-positioned to accommodate their wishes due to COVID-19-related funding, though the district explains those funds are “one-time funds” and are not sustainable to increase wages and salaries. Related Coverage She’s become the face behind the Sacramento schools’ strike Fact Check: Sacramento City Unified teachers aren’t the highest paid, but health benefits top the list Sac City Unified strike: What the district offered the teachers’ union and a history of strifeAffected by the Sac City Unified strike? These 3 businesses are offering children activitiesHere is where Sacramento City Unified students can get meals during teacher strikeTell us: SCUSD families, what are you doing with your kids during the strike?

Bargaining teams representing teachers and staff on strike in Sacramento marched into the district office Wednesday and vowed not to leave until reaching an agreement.

The dramatic move came as picketers marked one week since going on strike and six days with kids out of the classroom.

Union members first gathered for a rally outside the Serna Center before bargaining teams for the Sacramento Teachers Association and SEUI 1021 marched into the Sacramento City Unified District building, KCRA 3’s Lysée Mitri reported.

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Union members told KCRA 3 they believe the district hasn’t had a sense of urgency about ending the strike. Talks until now have been virtual.

Where SCUSD-SCTA negotiations stand

Although the talks had been appearing to make progress, the SCTA said on Wednesday that the latest round had seemed to be moving backward with the district making new demands for more standardized testing and a rollback in retired benefits.

The district did not directly address that claim, telling KCRA 3 its most recent proposal is on its website and that negotiations with SCTA will continue on Wednesday.

SCUSD has said that its recent offer included increases in one-time stipends offered to teachers, up from 1% to 1.5% for 2019 to 2021 school years, and 3% for the 2021-22 school year, up from 2%.

In terms of health care, the district is now offering to pay 100% of an employee’s health plan for those who choose to stay with HealthNet for one year, while the district looks for an alternative plan to Kaiser.

They’ve also offered a $3,000 bonus for anyone switching to Kaiser from the more expensive HealthNet plan.

Another sticking point is staffing. The district has offered to increase the signing bonus for new teachers from $2,000 to $3,000.

In all, the district says its latest offer to the union would give a 9.65% increase in compensation via one-time stipends and an ongoing salary increase.

The teachers unions say the district is well-positioned to accommodate their wishes due to COVID-19-related funding, though the district explains those funds are “one-time funds” and are not sustainable to increase wages and salaries.

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