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Stockton Teachers Prepare to Vote on Tentative Contract with 12.5% Increase, New Duties

(Photo above) Hundreds of members of the Stockton Teachers Association give their bargaining team, their organizing team, their executive team, and their staff team a standing ovation for the combined efforts that led to a tentative agreement including a multi-year 12.5% compensation increase, more time for collaboration with each other and parents, and individualized student instruction.

FLASH: MEMBERS OF THE STOCKTON TEACHERS ASSOCIATION RATIFIED THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT FRIDAY BY A 97% VOTE. THE TA IS SLATED FOR A RATIFICATION VOTE BY THE STOCKTON SCHOOL BOARD ON MONDAY EVENING.

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38 Resolute Vineland Teachers Win 3.6 Percent Salary Boost, Benefit Upgrades

(Photo above) Labor Leader Dolores Huerta (front, center) joined Vineland Teachers' Association President Kara Ranney, the 37-other VTA members, and parents and community members at a school board meeting in February, denouncing the district’s earlier refusal to offer the educators a fair contract that puts students and teachers at the top of the priority list.

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Stockton Teachers March for Students Outside of Fact Finding Hearing

(Photo above) A child leads them: Two members of the Stockton Teachers Association family lead a column of parents, teachers, and students who marched on Monday at the site of the fact-finding hearing at the district headquarters. The demonstration of solidarity and community support aimed at convincing the district to come back to the table and agree to allocate more funds to support students and the teachers they depend upon.

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Alpine Teachers to Strike, Beginning Feb. 20

Alpine Teachers Association members will go out in an Unfair Labor Practice strike, beginning at 6:00 a.m., February 20, as the result of a decision made at yesterday's general membership meeting.

Although ATA members were hopeful that the district would return to the bargaining table with fair, reasonable settlement proposals, they were met instead with a rehash of the same offer the district had made in a previous proposal rejected by ATA members on February 5: a 7.58% salary cut and an $8,000 health benefits cap effective January 1, 2014, that will leave many ATA members with 30% or more less per year in total compensation. Because the district will extract double health benefits cuts for May and June, some members will receive NO pay in those months.

“Unfortunately, the district is intent on building their reserve fund and breaking teachers’ backs financially, based on faulty financial assumptions,” said ATA President Gayle Malone. “Ultimately, it is the students and the entire community who will suffer.” 

 

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