Political action and endorsement of candidates are a natural part of union activity. As union members we live in the neighborhoods, worry about the community and understand how teamwork makes life better for us and others. There is terrific power in pulling our diverse backgrounds and viewpoints together to endorse candidates that, if elected, will carry our priorities forward. The November election brings to us great responsibility in choosing whom to endorse for this important election cycle. PVFT sent questionnaires to all Board of Trustees Candidates and co-sponsored a forum to which all candidates attended. There are currently three open positions and seven candidates. A forth position is uncontested and will be filled by Mr. Jeff Ursino. Below are the completed questionnaires, please review the candidates responses. Members will be receiving a ballot due back on the 27 of September. You can also read the Candidate statements submitted to the County Elections Department
Trustee Area I
Patrice Edwards (Did not respond to questionnaire)
Trustee Area IV
Trustee Area V
Leslie Derose (Incumbent)
The calendar committee is not a Union committee. It is a district committee with representation from a number of stakeholders including CSEA, parents, administration, trustees and PVFT. The committee met six times on the following dates: January 19, January 26, February 9, February 23, April 13 and April 20. On February 23, the committee recommended a calendar which we circulated to our members.
On February 27, PVFT reached a tentative agreement with the district on our contract negotiations. The Tentative agreement provided for the Calendar committee to place five furlough days, in a block, at the beginning or end of the school year. In a survey of site reps, 17 out of 14 sites reported they would prefer the furloughs at the beginning of the year. At its’ April 13 meeting, the Calendar Committee was unable to reach agreement as to where the furlough days should go, so another meeting was proposed for April 20. The outcome of the April 20 meeting was a new calendar with a longer winter break and the furlough days at the end of the year.
Unfortunately, this calendar was sent out for ratification without following the procedure described in our contract, which requires a board presentation and an opportunity for both the district and the union to negotiate the proposed calendar before ratification by our members. Because of this procedural discrepancy, the vote count was stopped and PVFT notified the district. The PVFT and PVUSD negotiations team then met after both proposed calendars were presented to the board and negotiated the calendar that is now in the process of ratification.
It is unfortunate that our students will loose five days of instruction, our members will loose five days of pay and the community will be highly inconvenienced, but that is the result of there not being enough money to fund a full school year. As educators, citizens and residents of California, we must urge or representatives in the state Legislature and the Governor to provide appropriate funding for Education in California. The name and contacts of our Local Legislators are listed below:
Anna Caballero – 28th Assembly District (831) 759-8676
Bill Monning – 27th Assembly District (831) 425-1503
Joe Simitian – 11th Senate District (831) 425-04011
5th Senate District – Vacant
Francisco Rodriguez, President
The calendar vote results are in and will be reviewed by the Executive Council at its meeting on Monday, May 3. Please look for another email about the calendar next week after the Executive Council meeting.
Lay-off Settlement Agreement
We are hoping that the process of calling teachers back will begin shortly. There is a tie breaker criteria in place. Most of it was already approved by the Board but one additional item was added during our negotiations.
This is how the tie breaker will work.
When a position opens and two or more appropriately credentialed teachers with the same seniority dates are interested in filling it, the tie breaker criteria is applied. We go down the list of criteria and at whatever point one teacher separates from all of the others, that teacher would be offered the position.
2nd grade SEI position
Teacher A 2006 (Perm) CLAD Multiple Subjects
Teacher B 2006 (Perm) CLAD Multiple Subjects
Teacher C 2006 (Perm) CLAD Multiple Subjects Previously taught as a temp in 2001 for one year
Teacher C is offered the position first.
March for California’s Future
Thank you to all of our members who supported the March for California’s Future. PVFT sent one Core marcher who walked the entire 365 miles from Bakersfield to Sacramento. PVFT also sent marchers to Atwater and an entire bus to Sacramento for the big rally on April 21. PVFT also collected over 200 signatures for the Budget Majority Initiative that will change the process for passing a budget. NO MORE BUDGET GRIDLOCK! We need to continue to build and communicate with one another at great lengths. We must engage and build our communities while we organize and activate people from the classroom to the boardroom…fighting for California’s future!!!
Teachers and School District Reach Agreement
The Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers (PVFT) and the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) signed an agreement today to provide some urgently needed cost savings to the district. After 14 months of negotiations the teachers and other professional staff and the district management have agreed to schedule 10 furlough days with a corresponding reduction in pay. Five days will be scheduled in the 2010-2011 school year and another 5 days will be taken in 2011-2012. These savings will result in fewer layoffs and will help to preserve the quality of education for the students of the district.
Included in the agreement is a provision for binding arbitration in the event of any future contract disagreements. Also the health benefits committee has been restructured in an attempt to better manage any future increases in the cost of benefits to the district.
This agreement must still be ratified by the members of the PVFT and the Board of Trustees of PVUSD before it can take effect. PVFT has scheduled voting for next week.
To see the full tentative agreement click here.
The Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers represents certificated non-management employees of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, the largest district in Santa Cruz County, which extends from Pajaro in Monterey County to Aptos in Santa Cruz County.