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The superintendent of the City of Sacramento Unified School District was in attendance for negotiations late Wednesday night, sources told KCRA 3. Wednesday marked bolder moves by stalled unions in negotiations with the school district, as bargaining teams representing teachers and staff strike and have vowed not to leave until a deal is reached. Wednesday marks eight days since the start of the strike, and students have spent six of those days without instruction. Pupils are expected to spend a seventh day out of class on Thursday. Union members first gathered for a rally outside the Serna Center before bargaining teams from the Sacramento Teachers Association and Service Employees International Union 1021 entered the district building, KCRA’s Lysee Mitri reported. 3. Union members told KCRA 3 that they believe the district did not feel the urgency to end the strike. “We’re available. We’re serious about it,” said David Fisher, president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association. “It’s easier to keep someone waiting when you’re sitting on Zoom, and everyone is in their place.” takes place virtually. In a message to families on Wednesday evening, SCUSD said, “We continue to work toward a path forward that will allow us to honor and value staff while making sound financial decisions that preserve current opportunities and services and future for our students. Where SCUSD-SCTA negotiations are taking place Although talks appeared to be making progress, the SCTA said Wednesday that the last round appeared to be rolling back, with the district making new demands for more standardized testing and cuts in retiree benefits . The district did not respond directly to that claim, telling KCRA 3 that its most recent proposal is on its website and that negotiations with SCTA will continue on Wednesday. SCUSD said its recent offer included increases to the one-time stipends offered to teachers, from 1% to 1.5% for the 2019-2021 school years, and 3% for the 2021-22 school year, up from 2%. . 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 a year, while the district seeks an alternative plan to Kaiser. They also offered a $3,000 bonus for anyone who switches to Kaiser from the more expensive HealthNet plan. Another sticking point is staffing. The district has proposed increasing the signing bonus for new teachers from $2,000 to $3,000. In total, the district says its latest offer to the union would yield a 9.65% increase in compensation via one-time allowances and an ongoing wage increase. 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. face behind Sacramento schools strike Fact check: Sac City Unified teachers aren’t the best paid, but health benefits top the list Sac City Unified strike: What the district offered the school union teachers and a history of conflictAffected by the Sac City Unified strike? These 3 companies are offering activities for kidsHere’s where Sacramento City Unified students can get their meals during the teacher strikeTell us: SCUSD families, what are you doing with your kids during the strike?

The Sacramento City Unified School District superintendent was in attendance for the negotiations late Wednesday night, sources told KCRA 3.

Wednesday marked bolder moves by stalled unions in negotiations with the school district, as bargaining teams representing striking teachers and staff vowed not to leave until a deal is reached. would not have been concluded.

Wednesday marks eight days since the start of the strike, and students have spent six of those days without instruction. Pupils are expected to spend a seventh day out of class on Thursday.

Union members first gathered for a rally outside the Serna Center before bargaining teams from the Sacramento Teachers Association and Service Employees International Union 1021 entered the district building, KCRA’s Lysee Mitri reported. 3.

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Union members told KCRA 3 they believe the district has not felt the urgency to end the strike.

“We’re available. We’re serious about it,” said David Fisher, president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association. “It’s easier to keep someone waiting when you’re sitting on Zoom, and everyone is in their place.”

That’s why, they said, they showed up in person at the Serna Center on 47th Avenue near Stockton Boulevard, even though the negotiations were held virtually.

In a message to families on Wednesday evening, SCUSD said, “We continue to work toward a path forward that will allow us to honor and value staff while making sound financial decisions that preserve current opportunities and services and future for our students”.

Where are the SCUSD-SCTA negotiations?

Although the talks appeared to be making progress, the SCTA said Wednesday that the latest round appeared to be rolling back, with the district making new demands for more standardized testing and cuts to retiree benefits.

The district did not directly respond to this claim, telling KCRA 3 its most recent proposal. is on his site and that negotiations with SCTA will continue on Wednesday.

SCUSD said its recent offer included increases in the one-time allowances available to teachers, from 1% to 1.5% for the 2019-2021 school years, and 3% for the 2021-22 school year, from 2% previously.

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 a year, while the district seeks an alternative plan to Kaiser.

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

Another sticking point is the staff. The district has proposed increasing the signing bonus for new teachers from $2,000 to $3,000.

In total, the district says its latest offer to the union would yield a 9.65% increase in compensation via one-time allowances and an ongoing wage increase.

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.

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