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CTA, Union Representatives to Take Part in Thursday Pension Forum

In Sacramento last year, hundreds of working women and men turned out for a demonstration against Wall Street-proposed cuts in public employee pensions (Photo from CTA archives.)

Pension experts from the California Teachers Association (CTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) will take part in several panels during Thursday’s Public Pension Forum in Sacramento.

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Faculty Association Announces Likely Start Date for First Statewide Strike at CSU

After two years of fruitless negotiations aimed at making faculty and students a top budget priority, California Faculty Association President Jennifer Eagan, a CSU professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs & Administration, tells reporters that the union has called its first statewide strike to begin in mid-April for five days. She is flanked by CFA members and supporters including (from r.) CTA Board Members Curtis Washington and Leslie Littman.

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San Diego Elementary Teacher Pens Powerful Defense of Fair Share

(Photo) During a recent education conference in Sacramento, Panelist Lindsay Burningham stresses the importance of legislators, school boards, and administrators hearing teachers’ voices, something their unions facilitate.

The conservative San Diego Union Tribune has published an eloquent and powerfully written think piece by Lindsay Burningham, an elementary teacher, that defends the principle of all persons paying a fair share for the services they receive.

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In State of State, Gov. Reiterates Commitment to Schools, Educators, and Pension Stability

The governor delivers his State of the State message to the legislature on Jan. 21. (Photo: courtesy of the governor’s press office.)

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State Address to the Legislature on Thursday morning and used it to underscore his commitment to public education. He also decried the economic inequality that has enhanced the wealth of the top 1% while undermining the fiscal stability of the rest of the state.

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Senate Panel Explores How to Head off Teacher Shortage

Providing Higher Pay, Better Preparation, Improved Working Conditions, Loan Forgiveness, and Good Principals and Listening to Teachers are Keys to Beating Teacher Shortage

Prof. Darling-Hammond, both a highly regarded education expert and chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, warned committee members that the state is heading for “déjà vu all over again,” another teacher shortage.

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CTA Vice President, San Diego Elementary Teacher Stress the Importance of Mentoring, Continuity, Teachers’ Voices

(From right) CTA Vice President Theresa Montano, a higher education professor, discusses the teacher shortage with Jill Tucker, education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, following their participation on a panel focused on teacher preparation and induction. The CTA vice president stressed during her presentation the importance of good working conditions and adequate salaries to helping head off a looming teacher shortage.

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Unions are Vital to Freedom, a Former US President Declared

“Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost,” one recent American leader said in 1980, citing the role of Polish unions in fighting the Communist Party’s iron fist.

Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, in a Jan. 12 New York Times think piece reminds us that the American leader was not the head of the AFL/CIO or the National Education Association.

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Pres. Obama: Attacks on Collective Bargaining Must Not Go Unanswered

Pres. Obama tells Congress and the American people Tuesday night that a battle must be fought to protect the voices of working women and men and collective bargaining. (Photo: courtesy of the White House.)

In his last State of the Union Address, Pres. Barack Obama on Tuesday night underscored the importance of unions and collective bargaining to help correct the economic imbalance that has seen the rich get richer and the middle class and working women and men get poorer.

“But after years of record corporate profits, working families won’t get more opportunity or bigger paychecks by letting big banks or big oil or hedge funds make their own rules at the expense of everyone else; or by allowing attacks on collective bargaining to go unanswered,“ the president said during his one-hour address to the nation.

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San Dieguito settlement shows patience and hard work pay off

San Dieguito 

A focus on attracting and retaining outstanding educators in San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) paid off with a ratified settlement that puts students and educators first and keeps the San Dieguito Faculty Association (SDFA) the highest paid teachers in San Diego County. With California’s teacher shortage now a reality, districts are contending with educators who are leaving for better pay and benefits elsewhere. District officials have historically good relations with their Faculty Association counterparts, which paved the way for successful negotiations. “When the goal on both sides is to keep outstanding educators in every class, it makes all the difference in the process” said SDFA President Rob Croft.

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Santee parents, teachers slam district for hoarding tax dollars intended for classroom

Santee

Santee parents and teachers at Tuesday’s school board meeting press district officials to put tax dollars where they belong: into the classroom.

(SANTEE, Calif.) – Dozens of Santee parents and teachers converged on the local school board meeting Tuesday to blast officials for maintaining a bloated 24% budget reserve with money taxpayers intended to be used to help students excel.

“High quality education begins with a highly qualified teacher in every classroom,” says Santee Teachers Association (STA) Negotiations Chair Chris Stanley. “Our students are losing access to some of our best teachers, who are fleeing Santee because funds aren’t going to the classroom and teacher salaries and benefits are among the worst in San Diego County.”

Parents and teachers arrived early and filled the board room beyond capacity. More supporters gathered outside the building as parents and teachers inside blasted board members for allowing their schools to lose so many experienced educators.

 

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