Negotiations Update 02/18/2020

Call to Action!

Friday, February 21st

RALLY @ Green Valley and Main from 7-8AM and

AGAIN at the Freedom overpass at 3:30PM!

Wednesday, February 26th

Board Meeting @ City Council

RALLY in front of Library beginning @6

There will be sign-making and pizza!!

Today marked the 19th meeting between PVFT and PVUSD for this cycle of negotiations that started in May of last school year. On a positive note, we did come to an agreement on Article VII and are making progress towards caseload cap language. We had several teacher experts join our last two sessions to give the district a first hand understaning of the necessity and value of this contract language. Those proposals are now with the District to work on language. On a less positive note, we received yet another total compensation proposal for 1% that relies on contigency language to increase student ADA to 97%. This so called raise would not go into effect until ratification. Today the District informed us that they have been giving, and giving, and giving, and we are not reciprocating. So, let’s GIVE them a piece of our minds.

Action Alert! 11/14/19

Hello PVFT Member,

After our showing at Cilantro’s and the Board Meeting (check out the Member Spotlight

The team met Thursday with the District negotiations team. The District started by explaining that they heard us at the meeting Wednesday night, that we continue to be their priority, and that they hope we feel valued and acknowledged. Then they offered us the same 1% raise with contingency language that puts the onus on teachers to increase attendance to 97%.

This is not acceptable to you, and therefore not acceptable to us. We have more work to do. If your site is signed up for the December 11th Board meeting, commit to bringing at least 10 members to the meeting. If your site has not attended a Board meeting yet this year, join us December 11.

Details will be coming about another social engagement before hand. Call or email your Trustee, and get at least one colleague to do the same. Wear your buttons everyday. WEAR YOUR SHIRTS ON WEDNESDAYS!!

In the coming months we will be asking the membership (YOU) to build our solidarity and our strength through a number of actions.

We want all members to be ready to fight for a #faircontract and #schoolsthatstudentsdeserve.

In Solidarity,

PVFT Negotiations Team

Negotiations Team Q&A

JOIN the negotiations team this WEDNESDAY, November 13th from 5:45-6:45 at CILANTRO’S in Watsonville for a Q & A on our recent sessions with the District.

Afterwards, demonstrate solidarity by attending the SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.  The Negotiations Team’s bargaining power comes from the members that are backing them.

Our solidarity is our strength.

The Board needs to hear from you!


Negotiations Update 10/04/19

Hello members,

Here is an update from our negotiations team.

We are continuing our commitment to our members and working towards a fair contract. Our last meeting was Wednesday, October 3rd. At this point the District is still claiming that they are deficit spending and cannot afford teacher raises. We are currently addressing some of the discrepancies in the information provided by the District. At this point we are not convinced that the district cannot, in fact, afford to properly compensate our members. Once we get some of the items in the budget clarified we will be able to move forward with our salary and benefit proposals. Our overarching intentions in these proposals, including class size, workload, and salary, lend to the long term goal of teacher retention and creating a desirable compensation package to attract quality teachers for our students. We have submitted several proposals and communicated to the District that it is their obligation to show us where their value lies.

What does this mean for you? It is time to show our solidarity and commitment to each other and to the students and families we serve. What is PVUSD without our dedicated members, who are ensuring that students are receiving the education that they deserve? If you have a T-shirt from the last cycle it’s time to start wearing them on Wednesdays. New shirts are coming so please be patient as we get those out. If you have buttons please wear them as well. It is time to reach out to your area School Board Trustee and make your voice, and the voice of your students heard, so that we are all working towards the same goal: to educate and to support learners in reaching their highest potential. Support for Teachers is Support for Students!

In Solidarity,

PVFT Negotiations Team

Nell Vaquera-Boggs

Radhika Kirkman
Grievance Officer

PVFT Negotiations Team

PVFT Negotiations Update April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018: PVFT met with the district today in a formal negotiations session to get clear on the district’s last proposal since the proposal was emailed rather than presented to us in a formal way. PVFT did not counter with a proposal, rather we spent our time asking clarifying questions to get a better understanding as to what is motivating the district to offer us so little.

We were very clear with the district, again, what it is our membership has directed us to ask for and what we believe is fair: $4,408 on the salary schedule, retroactive to 2016-17.

The Fact Finding panel will convene on Thursday, May 10th. A report from the panel may be issued within 30 days after the hearing. It is common for parties to continue to have formal talks while simultaneously progressing through the Fact Finding process.

It cannot be ignored that in the past month public educators across the country are striking and demanding to be treated and paid as professionals. We can no longer tolerate being paid so little that we cannot afford to live where we work. FAIR PAY for TEACHERS!


Monday, March 19, 2018: Today our PVFT Negotiating Team met with the District for a 4th Mediation session with the State Appointed Mediator. We were not able to reach a settlement with the District in Mediation. The Mediator intends to release us to Fact Finding, the next phase in the contract negotiations process. A PVFT Strike FAQ is now available to support understanding about potential next steps in the collective bargaining process. Please click here for more information about Fact Finding.

Mediation Continues

March 13, 2018: After meeting for a third mediation session yesterday, a fourth session was scheduled by the mediator for Monday, March 19th at the PVUSD District Office at 294 Green Valley Rd., Watsonville.

Starting today, there will be Community Leafleting in front of local markets and stores to continue to inform the community about the contract negotiations.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 14th is the next Board Meeting and community members are invited to come and speak, hold signs and stand with teachers. Please join us at 7pm in the Watsonville City Council Chambers.

A PVFT Strike FAQ is now available to answer questions about potential next steps in the collective bargaining process.

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