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Dublin teachers authorize strike if contract settlement not reached

Union: After 11 months of negotiations, two sides at 'impasse'

Dublin teachers have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike in the event that a contract settlement isn't reached with the Dublin Unified School District, the teachers' union said.

In balloting that took place last Tuesday through Friday, 98 percent of the 620 Dublin Teachers Association members who participated voted to authorize a strike, according to union president Roberta Kreitz.

The union says that after 11 months of negotiations, the two sides are at an impasse. A mediator held a 12-hour bargaining session on March 8 and another session is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

"Our district management and school board have failed to listen to the voices of teachers," Kreitz said in a statement. "We know what our students need and we know what our school district can afford. Our members see our students are getting shortchanged and have said enough is enough."

She said, "Teachers are ready to walk out together, if necessary."

Kreitz said she hopes for a settlement and to avoid a strike but also said, "We are ready to stand up for what's best for our students."

Superintendent Leslie Boozer said in a statement that the strike authorization vote "doesn't change our confidence in our ability to collaborate with the DTA and reach an equitable solution that fairly compensates our dedicated teachers while ensuring the ongoing ability of the school district to invest in other critical educational resources."

Boozer said, "A top-notch educational community starts in the classroom with our dedicated teachers. But that is only part of the puzzle.

As a district, we must take a full view of our budget and our resources and balance the needs of today and the future."

Dublin teachers are asking for a 3 percent raise for the current school year on top of the 1.5 percent hike they received a year ago for a total of 4.5 percent, a 3 percent raise for the 2019-20 school year and a one-time bonus of 3.5 percent.

The school district is offering a 2 percent increase for each of the two years and a 3 percent one-time bonus.

Kreitz said teachers planned to pass out leaflets in front of school sites on Tuesday and to have a brown bag lunch for Dublin High School teachers who can come to the school district's office to support the union's mediation team.

Kreitz also said the union may hold a rally at the district's office at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, depending on how the mediation session goes.

— Bay City News Service

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3 people like this
Posted by Greedy
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Mar 19, 2019 at 10:45 pm

Really? Again? Dublin school teachers went on strike about 3 years back, and they got a big raise then. Now, greediness kicks in again and they want more money. Stopping using our young students as bargaining chip for your raises! What workers get the whole summer off and tons of holidays off? We in the private sectors are working out butts off. We often come home and have to log back into work, sometimes past 11 pm! If any teachers ever do that, my gosh, they would probably want a 100% raise.

If you really want what's best for the students, then focus on teaching them. The district will certainly give raises as funds become available. If you really want more money, perhaps teaching may not be the right profession for you.


5 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 19, 2019 at 11:26 pm

"We know what our students need and we know what our school district can afford. Our members see our students are getting shortchanged and have said enough is enough."

Dublin teachers are asking for a 3 percent raise for the current school year on top of the 1.5 percent hike they received a year ago for a total of 4.5 percent, a 3 percent raise for the 2019-20 school year and a one-time bonus of 3.5 percent.


Cant make this ish up people......


2 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 20, 2019 at 8:31 am

sjd,
I'm sorry, what other organization do you know that holds children's futures hostages for their intended purpose


17 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 20, 2019 at 9:28 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

This rhetoric: “We know what our students need and we know what our school district can afford. Our members see our students are getting shortchanged and have said enough is enough. . . . We are ready to stand up for what's best for our students." Please stop these nonsensical statements. Salary increases don’t help students—as with Pleasanton and Oakland, other services, often vital, like counselors are cut.

The superintendent’s response was accurate: “ . . . while ensuring the ongoing ability of the school district to invest in other critical educational resources.”

I can agree the best teachers should be paid more, but every blanket raise hurts students because it also adds to the pension load which causes further cuts to services. At this rate, unions will bankrupt every district in the name of students.

Take CTA power to the people you elected and get Sacramento to fix funding and pensions once and truly **for all**. Until then, stop saying it’s for students. It really has nothing to do with them. We know it and so do you.


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