Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 19, 2013 Bargaining Update


9th Bargaining Session-District does minimum to avert impasse                                              
Dec 19, 2013

We opened our session with the District’s reported “budget deficit” of 10 million ( last Board mtg) shrinking to 4 million dollars this week. And, even that is a sham. Does anyone at SUHSD Admin know what is going on? Close inspection of the SUHSD Budget shows no deficit at all. SUHSD Board approved a budget that pays certificated salaries less this year than last and we have more students this year! You should see “Books & Supplies.” It was 16.8 million in 2012-13 and for 2013-14 it jumps to 35.3 million. Do you get my drift?

While SCGA members with families are looking at minimum February & March insurance benefits eating up almost $1400 of each month’s pay check, SUHSD tries to force us into adding Common Core onto our plates without any reduction in our workload or help with technology. Promises, promises, promises….We know that last spring when the district told us we could expect at least 68% in benefits coverage that if they don’t put that in writing it won’t happen.

The latest proposal from SUHSD Bargaining Team, 12/19/2013:
· fixed district benefit contribution of $12,068/per employee
· 1.5 % raise in Jan 2014, and another 1.5% raise in Jan 2015, NO RETRO
· take half the summer school registration extra duty our unit currently gets ( 60 hrs/HS and 30 hrs/MS) and reduce to only 7 hours / employee,
· reduce summer school counseling services to one counselor working 16 hours per site
· 400 students/one counselor status quo
· 2 year contract with no openers until 2015-16.

Our counter proposal is:
· Benefits: $12,068 and no out of pocket increase for the same plan in 2014-15
· 3% retro July 2013, 2% July 2014, 2 % Jan 2015
· 14 hours extra duty for credit recovery, summer school, APEX, Adult School, etc, etc./p counselor
· Reduction of case load to 380 students/one counselor
· 2 year contract

Agreement reached on
· Article 7, Transfers, re- Senority & split assignments
· Art 11, Leaves, Adoption leave, military leave and Exchange Program Leave
Next Meeting: Upon return from break, TBA

Happy Holidays from your Bargaining Team, Alfredo Cendejas, Melanie Hammond-Funk, Vernice Hernandez, Julie Hitchcock, Caryn Hoffman, & Rick Sevilla 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Health Benefits Rate Chart 2013 vs. 2014

Please see the chart below for the proposed increases to our health benefits! 

The files below are the 2013 and 2014 Rate Charts. Also included is the SEA 2014 Rate Chart for your reference.

Email us at if you have questions! 


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hello everyone, 

There is a vacancy for a CTA State Council Representative and two alternate representative vacancies. We have the opportunity to try to elect a SCGA member to represent us at State Council. If you are interested in the candidacy, please fill out the attached “ Declaration of Candidacy Form”. The Declaration of Candidacy forms are due at 5:00 pm on September 20, 2013 at the CTA/San Diego RRC. If you are interested in running for the CTA State Council representative or alternate position, please let me know so we can get your form submitted to the SCRRC. I would be happy to drop off your declaration of candidacy from at the SCRRC office if you’re interested. Our SCTU office will also be sending a hard copy to the sites.

Please be informed that Candidate Statements will be printed on biographical forms exactly as they are submitted by the candidates. Candidates will not be notified of Declarations containing typographical errors, word count errors or issues with grammar.

Thank you and have a grand day! 
Elvia Estrella

Declaration of Candidacy Form:

Friday, August 23, 2013

SCGA Minutes: May 14, 2013

SCGA Minutes -  May 14, 2013

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