Member update 5/27/2020

Dear Members, 

We are getting closer to the end of the school year and the start of summer. What a ride it has been for the last three months of school! Every single one of you deserves an innovative teacher award for the work you all did during this global pandemic. I think it is easy to forget once you are in the swing of distance learning but you have maintained those connections with your students providing vital emotional support and stability for many of them. Not to mention all the creative and innovative academic engagement that you have shown. 

PVFT Highschool seniors Scholarship: We are very proud to announce that there were eleven recipients for the PVFT senior scholarship. The recipients in no particular order are: Hali Muir, daughter of Burnne Yew at WHS; Trinity Smet, daughter of Robert Smet at WHS; Riley Crahen, son of Jane Real at Starlight; Ashley McLay, daughter of Michell McLay at Bradley; Allysa Fernandez, daughter of Abel Fernandez at PVH; Janet Camacho-Bautista, daughter of Jose Camacho at Mintie White; Joshua Clymer, son of Jennifer Clymer at Hall; Eric Aldrich Jr, son of Katie Aldridge at RHMS; Parise Zeleny, daughter of Randy Alaga at WHS; Truman Natividad, son of Kristina Carter at Mintie White; Damian Rivas, son of Carlos Patino at WHS. Congratulations Seniors! 

Negotiations UpdateWe have tentatively finished this negotiations cycle with the district. You will be receiving an update from PVUSD regarding new contract language and total comp agreements. Our negotiations team has been working with the district since last year in order to ratify our contract. It has been a long and difficult process, especially now negotiating through distance learning and the current economic downturn that has resulted from this pandemic. Within this framework the team aimed their focus to get some great contract language wins for the membership. The team had to make some difficult decisions regarding our total comp but felt that it was prudent with the looming budget shortfalls and cuts in the fall. Our priority is always to protect our membership and keep them working. We will be holding a General Membership meeting scheduled for June 1st from 4-6pm (ZOOM link and reminder to follow) to discuss the new contract language and answer any questions from members. After our discussion we will go into the details of using Election Buddy, the online platform we will be using to ratify the contract. 

Budget review: We have joined the district for a budget discussion committee to prepare for cuts coming in the fall. The district is facing an over 15-million-dollar loss in revenue and funding. PVFT’s number one priority regarding budget cuts is mitigating lay-offs and those impacts. While we cannot negotiate with the district regarding whether layoffs happen, we can negotiate impacts to members and students. 

Fall planning: We will continue collaborating with district and CSEA representatives regarding what school will look like in the fall. We have representatives from many different departments that we represent who are all advocating on how we safely return to sites. We know that school cannot resume normally, so what we are planning for are various scenarios dependent upon what measures are in place from county health directives. 

Board Meeting tonight: Those who wish to address the Board during public comment or on any agenda item may do so by completing the Google Form on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 between 5:45pm and the start of each agenda item. Each public comment will be read by Vice-President Holm and will be limited to no more than two (2) minutes. You can also upload a presentation or video as a form of public comment in the Google Form, and each item will be shared up to the 2 minute time limit. https://forms.gle/q5ZKuX6MuD5GHGPz9

Benefits open enrollmentOpen enrollment ends on June 12th. If you do not wish to change your current benefits you do not need to do anything for this. However, we want members to know there are many benefits options that offer a salary kickback to the member, that PVFT negotiated, if they choose to enroll in a more cost-effective plan. Please visit the District benefits website for more information. https://pps-pajaro-ca.schoolloop.com/benefits

Measures to support: Schools and Communities First will be on the November ballot. It is imperative during this budget crisis that we pass this measure to ensure that increased funding for schools and community services is put in place. We need to get the word out in our communities to rally support and dispel the false claims from opponents. You can find more information about this at:  https://www.schoolsandcommunitiesfirst.org/

In Solidarity, 

PVFT