And you should be, too. Here's why:
If you work for a school district and then retire or leave the district, you’d expect to get paid for the work you have already completed, wouldn’t you? Well, thanks to CTA, you will be.
In a long-awaited victory for Santa Ana teachers, a district court ordered the Santa Ana Unified School District to pay teachers who worked summer school and then left the district’s employ prior to being paid. It all started during arbitration over summer wages. The original award covered all teachers who worked summer 2007. Both sides agreed the district would honor the award for those teachers who worked the summers from 2007 through 2010.
After almost weekly discussions with CTA and Santa Ana Educators Association leadership regarding payment, the district paid the majority of the bargaining unit, but refused to pay those who left the district, citing a vague, undefined and unknown rule barring the payment of teachers who were no longer employed by the district. This included 88 bargaining unit members who had retired or resigned from the district.
The district court agreed with SAEA that the school district was obligated to pay all of the bargaining unit members. Only after litigation and constant pressure from CTA staff member Norma Ortiz and SAEA President Susan Mercer did the district pay $88,000 to the remaining teachers in January 2014.
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