SCUSD refuses meeting and urges unions to make counter offer

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Thousands of Sacramento City teachers and educators gathered in the streets of Sacramento for a third day of strike action Friday, as more state and local officials called on the union and district to come together at the negotiation table. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Friday called on the SCUSD to negotiate with the SCTA and SEIU. He also called on the Sacramento County Office of Education, the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team and the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to meet with unions and the district. KCRA 3 was originally told that a meeting called by Thurmond between unions and district officials was taking place on Friday. But after an interview with Thurmond, KCRA 3’s Orko Manna learned that the SCUSD leadership had not accepted Thurmond’s offer to meet, so the meeting never took place. “School district management declined the meeting today,” Thurmond said. “They basically said they had made offers, that they wanted to hear from the district. I think that’s where the dispute is between the district and the school employee groups. What we matters more than anything, it’s just to get the dialogue resumed so that we can find solutions to this conflict so that the children can go back to school.” Instead, SCUSD asked SCTA on Friday to provide a counterproposal to the offer the district submitted earlier this week. Read the proposal here. it will take to end this strike. With a counter proposal, district negotiators are ready to meet SCTA 24 hours a day so that we can bring our students on Monday. the district court. Fisher said the union has already made it clear what it wants. “Our proposal is the investigators’ report,” Fisher said. “I know they know that. They’re playing a kind of game. Our proposal is the investigators’ report. It contains 26 well-thought-out recommendations.” More than 4,600 teachers and staff have left the classroom since Wednesday, and thousands of students have been unable to attend school as the district closed. The strikers tell KCRA 3 that the district is understaffed. The two unions — SCTA and SEIU — that represent many of SCUSD’s employees say they want the district to agree to provide a retroactive, general cost-of-living increase in accordance with the superintendent’s contract. Teachers’ unions say the district is well positioned to meet their wishes due to COVID-19-related funding, though the district explains that these funds are “one-time funds” and are not sustainable to raise salaries and treatments.| Learn more | What the district has offered the teachers union and a history of conflict Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg was at Friday’s rally and says he supports the teachers’ strike. “I represent the whole city. Of course, I support the teachers and that’s why I came to say hello to every teacher. As for the dispute itself, both sides have to come to the table.” He says both sides have to compromise “I want the strike to end. Obviously for the parents, the teachers, but especially for the children. The only way it will end is if the parties start to table,” he said. Steinberg says there’s more at stake than what happens in the next few days in terms of negotiations.” There are even bigger stakes than what happens in the next few days, it’s really about what what happens the next months and years in this neighborhood because the neighborhood is too important.. As long as the management and the unions continue to be at loggerheads and that these kinds of conflicts escalate, year after year, it is kids who are going to get hurt,” Steinberg said. | Watch below | Steinberg’s comments on Sacramento teachers’ strike Unclear if district will be closed for a fourth day on Monday. | Fact check | Teachers Sacramento City Unified aren’t the highest paid, but health benefits top the list These 3 businesses offer activities for kids Tell us: SCUSD families, what are you doing with your kids during the strike?

Thousands of Sacramento City teachers and educators gathered in the streets of Sacramento for a third day of strike action Friday, as more state and local officials called on the union and district to come together at the negotiation table.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Friday called on the SCUSD to negotiate with the SCTA and SEIU. He also called on the Sacramento County Office of Education, the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team and the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to meet with unions and the district.

KCRA 3 was originally told that a meeting called by Thurmond between unions and district officials was taking place on Friday. But after an interview with Thurmond, Orko Manna of KCRA 3 learned that the SCUSD leadership had not accepted Thurmond’s offer to meet, so the meeting never took place.

“School district management declined today’s meeting,” Thurmond said. “They basically said they had made offers, that they wanted to hear from the district. I think that’s where the dispute is between the district and the school employee groups. What we matters more than anything, it’s just to get the dialogue reignited so that we find solutions to this conflict so that children can go back to school.”

Instead, SCUSD asked SCTA on Friday to provide a counterproposal to the offer the district submitted earlier this week. Read the proposal here.

“We urge SCTA to submit a counter-proposal to the District’s latest proposal so that we can consider it and provide a response,” District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said in a statement. “Our community also wants to understand what it will take to end this strike. With a counter proposal, district negotiators are prepared to meet 24 hours a day with SCTA so that we can bring in our students on Monday.

SCTA President David Fisher told KCRA 3 on Friday night that the ball was in fact in the district’s court. Fisher said the union has already made it clear what it wants.

“Our proposal is the investigators’ report,” Fisher said. “I know they know that. They’re playing a kind of game. Our proposal is the investigators’ report. It contains 26 well-thought-out recommendations.”

More than 4,600 teachers and staff have left the classroom since Wednesday, and thousands of students have been unable to attend school as the district closed.

The strikers tell KCRA 3 that the district is understaffed. The two unions — SCTA and SEIU — that represent many of those employed by SCUSD say they want the district to agree to provide a retroactive, general cost-of-living increase in accordance with the superintendent’s contract.

Teachers’ unions say the district is well positioned to accommodate their wishes due to COVID-19-related funding, though the district says those funds are “one-time funds” and not sustainable to raise salaries. and treatments.

| Learn more | What the district offered the teachers union and a history of conflict

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg was at Friday’s rally and said he supports the teachers’ strike.

“I have a story here, in 2017 I was a mediator who helped resolve this issue,” Steinberg said. “I represent the whole city. Of course, I support the teachers and that’s why I came to say hello to every teacher. When it comes to the conflict itself, both sides have to come to the table.”

He says both sides have to compromise.

“I want the strike to end. Obviously for the parents, the teachers, but especially for the children. The only way it will end is if the parties sit down to eat,” he said.

Steinberg says there is more at stake than what happens in the next few days in terms of negotiations.

“There are even bigger issues than what happens in the next few days, it’s really about what happens in the months and years to come in this neighborhood because the neighborhood is too important… So much that management and labor will continue to be at loggerheads and these kinds of arguments get worse and worse, year after year, it’s the kids who are going to get hurt,” Steinberg said.

| Watch below | Steinberg comments on Sacramento teachers’ strike

It is not known if the district will be closed for a fourth day on Monday.

| Fact Check | City of Sacramento’s Unified Teachers aren’t the highest paid, but health benefits top the list

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