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It's About Time! PUSD and teachers union *start* negotations

Original post made by Start Afresh, Country Fair, on Feb 5, 2011

On the agenda for the Tue Feb 8, 2011 PUSD school board meeting (Web Link) is 14.2 to sunshine the initial bargaining proposals.
This time last year (Web Link) on 2/10/10, PUSD and the teachers union had a signed agreement.
Why the apparent reversal in proactive cooperation? Both parties know the current agreement expires 6/30/11. Both parties know the state of PUSD's finances. Why the delay?
Is it coincidence that PUSD and the union are starting the negotiation process the week *AFTER* the parcel tax measure is approved by the board?
Does anyone smell quid pro quo? Or think that the teachers union refused to bargain until after the parcel tax was approved?
No wonder PUSD rushed the parcel tax resolution from release to the public, to approval, to the county in 6 days.
It's all about trust, and it just dropped a (big) notch.

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Posted by no more teacher raises
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

I think you answered your own questions. The PUSD has been held hostage by the union for so long that they roll over on everything.
Start by freezing S & C, revoking tenure and then come to us for more money. I would personally pay ten times the requested tax if those two things were done. Never gonna happen.


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Posted by A townie
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Feb 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Even some of the teachers feel like they are hostage to APT so don't just assume they all agree with the APT leadership decisions and declarations.


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Posted by It's about time
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

It would be nice to know if the 7 period is coming back or not, since they are making students decide their schedules NOW, and the counselors are not flexible about making changes even before they start the scheduling process.

Students have the right to make informed decisions. Extend the registration deadline until AFTER it is decided if the 7 period is coming back or not.


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Posted by Please
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

"Or think that the teachers union refused to bargain until after the parcel tax was approved?"

You are completely making things up right now. Can you please show me where on your link it states that this time last year, PUSD and APT had a signed agreement? Where you there?

PUSD has been playing dirty, promising parents the 7th period day is back before negotiating with the union. Yes getting rid of the 7th period day was a one year deal. But so were the furlough days. For PUSD to have students pick out electives for 7 periods is arrogant. I'm betting they are assuming teachers will vote yes on furlough days and save the district.

The vote will be interesting. With rising health care costs and the lack of support from community members, I'm leaning towards a no vote on furlough days. I'm sick of some community members not doing their part and I don't appreciate PUSD taking so long to negotiate.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Furloughs are unproductive anyway.


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Posted by Start Afresh
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Please - Did you look at the document/agreement? Look at Trevor Knaggs' signature and date. It says February 11, 2010.


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Posted by It's about time
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

"PUSD has been playing dirty, promising parents the 7th period day is back before negotiating with the union. "

But if the union agrees to bring the 7 period back, where will the money come from?

This is not fair to students: one way or the other, they need to know so they can plan their schedules better.


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Posted by Cindi
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Students should not be permitted to take 7 classes.

AP classes should be limited to 1 per student per year.

Sports should be limited to 1 sport per year.

All classified and certificated salaries should be frozen for one year.

All administators should take a 5% percentage pay cut for one year.

All of us Pleasanton taxpayers should pay a minimum of a $98 parcel tax.










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Posted by Free Ride
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Feb 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Nice try Cindi but the math does not work. Parents already pay for sports and frozen salaries are not going to cut it, not at all. Salaries and pensions of teachers should be reduced. We should immediately eliminate 20% of our district employees. Ask the parents of the students using the services to pay the parcel tax but 100% exempt those who are seniors and those who are unemployed or underemployed.


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Posted by comment
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm

"underemployed"

What is underemployed? I could only get a job as a manager, but I wanted to be CEO. Does that mean I'm exempt?


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Posted by Cindi
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Who is the 20% that should be eliminated? If it is teachers then that means less classes offered for students. I would actually be for that because too many small classes are funded and way too many AP classes. What happened to shop/engineering/etc. and other classes for the student who doesn't want an AP?

Classified and maintenance staff are stretched pretty thin. I don't know about those who work at the district office though.


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Posted by Free Ride
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Walk down to the district office and layoff 20% of the workforce and it would not even be noticed. Why do we even have a district office in little old Pleasanton with only 2 high schools? Another waste of money.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Feb 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm

So many whiners and complainers here but I don't see any of you at the PUSD board meeting. If you have something to say, go tell the board.


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Posted by The The
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2011 at 8:28 am

Does anyone have a link to the possible cuts that were talked about at the board meeting? I've looked on the PUSD web site and I can't find it. These would be cuts made if no additonal funding was enacted. Thanks


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I could not find it either, but it will probably be similar to last year's:

Web Link

(those were all the potential cuts, not all were implemented, but I assume this coming year cuts will be more because the district has not said anything about freezing step and column, so on top of the budget deficit, we have to add the money the district will spend on raises)


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Notice how, last year, one of the items listed as a possible cut was step and column, for savings of 1.6 million:

Web Link

But the district did not cut that; instead, they eliminated other programs: class sizes went up, 7 period was suspended, etc.


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