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SCUSD educators, staff set strike date. SCUSD warns all schools would close

Two unions representing teachers and staff at the Sacramento Unified School District have set a strike date as staffing issues continue. If there is a strike, SCUSD says it will have to close all schools due to a lack of available substitute teachers. Thursday’s decision to plan a strike that will begin on March 23 was announced at a rally in support of teachers and staff who believe the district is under-staffed. Hundreds of people attended the rally at the Serna Center before the SCUSD school board meeting. The scheduled strike date comes a week after the Sacramento City Teachers’ Union and the International Union of Civil Servants 1021 voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing the strike. At a meeting of the Zoom to announce the permit, the unions said a strike would take place “if the district continued to negotiate in bad faith.” Teachers and staff are demanding better bonuses and are asking the district to hire more teachers as they face a staff shortage that they say has left 10,000 students without a regular teacher in the classroom every day. “We keep talking, our region does not have a budget problem, it has a priority problem; what we hope is that this will motivate the regional leadership to come to the table with us and negotiate in good faith, so that we can resolve this staffing crisis. and avoid layoffs, “said David Fisher, president of the Sacramento City Teachers’ Union. , security guards and teaching assistants. “We are constantly losing people. They are hired from Elk Grove, from San Juan, part of the working conditions, it is easier to work in these other places because you do not have so many external things to fight for “, said the ninth grade biology teacher, Shana Just. A few hours after the rally, the Unified School District of Sacramento met. A joint statement was read aloud, part of which was doubled in the District’s explanation of the current situation: funding issues. “For many years, our district has been struggling to balance a budget. This struggle goes back decades,” the Board said. “For too long, our county has been committed to running costs that are greater than the current revenue our county receives from state and federal government. “We are proud that our council has taken the right fiscal steps to correct the long-term structural imbalances in the district budget.” A district that will lose valuable class time if there is a strike. “In a letter to the families on Friday night, SCUSD Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said a strike would make schools” difficult “because the substitute teachers at SCUSD are represented by the SCTA, we are severely limited in our ability to hire substitute teachers to complement those on strike. “Aguilar said the district will close all campuses if a strike breaks out.” to keep schools open. “Unfortunately, fingerprinting is required for the volunteers and the short period of time is not enough for the approval of the voluntary approvals”, the letter stated. “I want to emphasize our concern and sympathy for the students in our area who are wasting valuable time in the classroom if there is a strike. Our families will suffer from uncertainty and instability if our schools are forced to close due to strikes,” he said. the chairman of the SCUSD board, Christina Pritchett. The region declared a stalemate in disputes with SCTA last December over COVID-related issues. The struggle to reach an agreement began last summer. Mediators were called in, and after several meetings, both the district and the SCTA suggested that they take part in a Fact-Finding Process, which was the next step under California law. A Fact-Finding hearing was held earlier this month and the report was released on Thursday. You can read the full report here.

Two unions representing teachers and staff at the Sacramento Unified School District have set a strike date as staffing issues continue. If there is a strike, SCUSD says it will have to close all schools due to a lack of available substitute teachers.

Thursday’s decision to plan a strike that will begin on March 23 was announced at a rally in support of teachers and staff who believe the district is under-staffed. Hundreds of people attended the rally at the Serna Center before the SCUSD school board meeting.

The scheduled strike date comes a week after the Sacramento International Association of Teachers and Employees’ Services Association 1021 with an overwhelming majority voted in favor of approving the strike. At a meeting of the Zoom to announce the authorization, the unions said they would go on strike “if the region continued to negotiate in bad faith.”

Teachers and staff are demanding better bonuses and are asking the district to hire more teachers as they face a staff shortage that they say has left 10,000 students without a regular teacher in the classroom every day.

“We keep talking, our region does not have a budget problem, it has a priority problem; what we hope is that this will motivate the regional leadership to come to the table with us and negotiate in good faith, so that we can resolve this staffing crisis. and avoid a work stoppage, “said David Fisher, president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association.

The unions say the district does not currently have 250 teachers, 100 deputies and an additional 400 classified staff positions for positions such as school bus drivers, security guards and training assistants.

“We are constantly losing people. They are hired from Elk Grove, from San Juan, part of the working conditions, it is easier to work in those other places because you do not have so much out there fighting “, said the ninth grade biology teacher, Shana. Just.

Just hours after the rally, the Sacramento Unified School District’s school committee met. A joint statement was read aloud, part of which was doubled in the Region’s explanation of the current situation: funding issues.

“For many years, our region has been struggling to balance a budget. This struggle goes back decades,” the board said. “For too long, our county has been committed to running costs that are greater than the current revenue our county receives from state and federal government. “We are proud that our board has taken sound financial steps to correct long-term structural imbalances in the region’s budget.”

The board also continued to speak out against the teachers’ strike.

“We have a deep concern and sympathy for our students in our district who will lose valuable time in the classroom if there is a strike. “Our families will suffer from the uncertainty and the lack of stability in case the schools are forced to close due to a strike,” the board said.

In a letter to families Friday night, SCUSD Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said a strike would make it difficult to keep schools open “because the substitute teachers at SCUSD are represented by SCTA, we are severely limited in our ability to hire substitute teachers to complement those on strike. ”

Aguilar said the district would close all campuses if a strike broke out.

“We understand that many in our community will ask if they can volunteer to keep schools open. Unfortunately, fingerprinting is required for volunteers and a short period of time is not enough to approve volunteer approvals,” the letter said.

“I want to emphasize our concern and sympathy for the students in our area who are wasting valuable time in the classroom if there is a strike. Our families will suffer from uncertainty and instability if our schools are forced to close due to strikes,” he said. the chairman of the SCUSD board, Christina Pritchett.

The region declared a stalemate in disputes with SCTA in December last year over COVID-related issues. The struggle to reach an agreement began last summer.

Mediators were called in, and after several meetings, both the district and the SCTA suggested that they take part in a Fact-Finding Process, which was the next step under California law.

A data-driven hearing took place earlier this month and the report was released on Thursday. You can read the full report here.

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