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Last Minute Talks Result in No Deal; Teachers & Parents To Rally/Address School Board
UNION CITY – The New Haven teacher strike will continue into its 11th day as negotiations Monday afternoon did not produce a deal to end the historic strike. The next negotiations session between teachers and the New Haven Unified School District managers will be Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.
What: NHUSD School Board Meeting
Where: NHUSD Offices (aka Educational Service Center) – 34200 Alvarado-Niles Blvd., Union City, 94568
When: 5:30 p.m. – Picketing in front of the Educational Service Center (ESC)
6:30 p.m. - Public comments by parents who are organizing recall campaigns for local school board members
Parents interested in organizing recall campaigns for the NHUSD school board members will be addressing the board during the board meeting. Teachers and parents also plan to make the school board accountable for the ongoing teacher strike.
In negotiations, district managers continue to offer “supposals” with no real offers other than the 2% on schedule mid-year 2020, a 3% bonus this year, and various contingencies based upon projections and promises, Angeles said. NHTA’s proposal stands at 6% over two years -- 3% retroactive to January 1, 2019 and 3% beginning July 1, 2019. Teachers say they’ve done their homework and the district can afford their proposal.
“It’s time for NHUSD managers to put the money where it was intended: in the classroom,” said Angeles, noting that over the past eight years the percentage of the budget spent on teacher salaries has decreased from 55% to 44%, while the percentage of the budget spend on administrator salaries has increased from 5.5% to 7.45%. Angeles also noted that the number of full-time teachers decreased from 608 to 562 between 2014-2018. Administrator ranks increased from 74 to 77 during that same time period.
“Families move to Union City and South Hayward to be in New Haven schools because of the excellent educators in our schools, not the highly paid administrators,” he noted. “NHUSD managers can afford our proposal. Their decision to not end this strike hurts our students, our teachers and our community. Our students and teachers deserve better.”