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PUSD classified staff denounce 'shameful' salary raises for administration

Original post made on Jun 24, 2021

Proposed pay increases for Pleasanton Unified School District's administrative cabinet are raising eyebrows among rank-and-file staff who say the raises are unnecessary and should be used to boost salaries of other PUSD employees.

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Posted by Laurie
a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 24, 2021 at 8:55 pm

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I am curious to know who authorizes the PUSD cabinet members to extend their terms? Do THEY get to decide if they want to extend their term? Who is making this decision? When people are voted to positions, they are voted by people knowing the term limits that they agreed to in advance. In addition, I would like to know who decides IF PUSD cabinet members get a raise and who authorizes it and determines the percentage? Why is it that classified staff aren't the recipients of this "General Fund" pay increase instead of giving these cabinet members a raise? They are definitely in more need of this increase than the PUSD cabinet members. In addition, in certain cases (certain holiday breaks) classified staff are forced to use their sick or vacation time EVEN when the school is completely closed and there are no classes that day. The school is closed, no one on site, and they are forced to pay for that day off. After reading this article, it leaves questions as to who is making these decisions for the PUSD cabinet members term extensions and pay increases and why these decisions were made. I believe the Pleasanton community should have a say, especially when it comes to term extensions.

Posted by Wow
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 24, 2021 at 8:55 pm

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Wow, Cabinet is going to receive a 3.5% raise. The teachers were offered a .27% raise. Yes, you read that correct: .27%. I'm betting classified was offered less. Oh, and health care is not included for certificated or classified unlike the PUSD Cabinet.

A Thought Exchange was done several months ago and overwhelmingly, the responses showed certificated and classified do not trust leadership at the district. In particular, there was an incredibly amount of frustration with the head of HR, Julio (the district office representation during negotiation meetings - he was the one who offered .27% and yet will receive a 3.5% raise). Interesting those results were never reported.

SRVUSD and Castro Valley all gave their employees a bonus for returning using one time COVID money. Dublin and Livermore did the same, as well as Piedmont. Pleasanton Unified did nothing besides hire more district level management (check out the number of directors added in the last few months).

Mark my words, certificated and classified employees are frustrated with the lack of leadership we are seeing. You might not like us receiving a raise, but do you really want a top heavy district office? Don't be surprised if there is talk of working contract hours and a vote to see if both groups are willing to strike.

Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2021 at 9:53 pm

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Laurie, all these decisions are made by the Board of Trustees. Cabinet members can ask for raises all they want, but the board says yes or no.

I have taught in this district for over 20 years, and in that entire time, we have had an unofficial "me too" clause. If the APT negotiates a raise, it then applies to classified and administrative salaries as well. Everyone benefits. In '09 and '10, when the recession hit, all three parties negotiated eight furlough days over two years, everyone did this together, everyone took a hit.

But this all changed about four years ago when Superintendent Haglund negotiated for himself a 16% raise (4% each year for four years), we teachers got nothing close to that. Now they are at it again, asking for 3.5% while they have offered, as Wow said above, .27%.

Guess what school board? If you give them this 3.5%, then you better give it to the classified union, the teachers union, and the site administrators. We will stand for nothing less. We are in this together.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 24, 2021 at 11:23 pm

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Raises? Wait I taught my kids last yr. where’s mine?

Administration failed teachers and the community.

Didn’t file for the waiver, failed to open in oct, failed to open in Jan, failed to meet instructional hours, and covered up failures with grade forgiveness.

Sorry you owe the community and teachers and paycheck . You’re lucky you’re still employed.

Posted by Livermore Parent
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 25, 2021 at 2:07 am

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Pleasanton should strike.

Posted by Birdland fam
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 25, 2021 at 8:01 am

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As I read the contracts, administration receives 3.5% every year….not a one-time raise. They also get a second raise if the teachers/classified get a raise as well!Administrator’s spouses and children get health benefits but teachers/classified have to buy theirs? That doesn’t seem fair.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 25, 2021 at 11:49 am

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Like Get the Facts says, the Board decides who gets raises and extensions, but it is the recommendation of the superintendent. 3.5% vs .27% is way off base. Conversely, teachers who move on the salary schedule do get raises every year. So any raise provided goes to those who got a raise, and those who do not (those who have hit the maximum moving down or across the salary schedule). One question this raises is with the “me too” clauses, do those who already got 3.5% also get whatever the teachers get (whether that is .27% or more)? That would be pouring salt in the wound.

I have said this before, this is not a starter district, yet we hired a guy who had not been superintendent. He’s been in the job, I believe serving us poorly, for four years now. To suggest contract extensions and raises to the board in advance of any settlement with the teachers/classified is unconscionable. The board, as always, needs to stand up and do a better job. I won’t be holding my breath.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 25, 2021 at 11:54 am

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Forgot to mention the teachers negotiated their benefits being separate in exchange for putting the $10,000 allotment on the salary schedule many years ago. It was fair then; it is less fair now, but their raises have nearly kept up with the increases to their benefit premiums. The fact that less than half the teachers take the benefits makes a solution difficult.

Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2021 at 12:25 pm

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Kathleen, please run for school board. You almost made it last time you ran, please do it again.

Posted by P-Town
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 25, 2021 at 1:23 pm

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Just another reason why so many teachers who can get out of PUSD, leave. Public employees are best when they live in the community that they serve. Those days are gone. Leadership that models care and conviction to our community is possible - it does not, however, currently exist.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 25, 2021 at 3:54 pm

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I really take issue with the healthcare cost claim. The union choose this. They choose to take the added money in salary and pension over healthcare, they justified it because most had benefits coverage through a spouse.

As always the union sacrificed marketability and younger staff at to the tenured populations benefit. This is not a community problem, this is a union problem. I empathize with the younger teachers, but please don’t put this on the community- your collective piers choose this.

I’d completely support a different model, but I want to see the union disbanded as it just continues to prove to be a archaic approach that is not in support of improving education or supporting its collective members - its systemic favoritism and ageism and costing the community new teachers.

Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 26, 2021 at 9:48 am

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There is more to this article than the increase of dollars to the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents, but let me ask a few questions before moving on to the next issue: The PUSD has seen fit to pay an outside firm to instruct the teachers about ‘equity grading’ (the definition and research to support this phenomena is lacking, but that must be intentional). Why not hire a firm to determine if the Superintendents are worth such a salary? And, why 4 Assistant Superintendents? What justifies such an overload?

Secondly, the article reports, “…the Board is also expected to announce several new public employee coordinator appointments, three of which are new job descriptions…Compensation for the positions range between $133,695 to $147,609…” what will these people accomplish?

Is there any discussion about the quality of education, what the kids are learning, or how that can be improved? Do we need to discuss appointments covered by 6 figure incomes to improve our students abilities in math, science, and writing? Or is PUSD moving into the guidelines of Critical Race Theory under the noses of Parents?

I have found the answer to repair the Amador Gym without a School Bond- the money is talked about in this article. Just a thought from a taxpayer you always come to for money.

Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2021 at 4:46 pm

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Pleasanton Parent, you make a good point about the union choice to choose pay scale over medical. It made sense when the decision was made (before I came to PUSD), and it makes sense in retirement, but not when teaching, for those that have to take it like I do.

As far as disbanding the union, no way. Pleasanton used to be the highest paying district around, but we have now been passed by other districts. We need the union more than ever before, which is why, when given the choice to be in the union or opt out and not have to pay dues, almost every teacher has stayed in the union.

What is costing us new teachers in not the union - again, teachers can opt out. What is costing us new teachers is not being on the forefront of salary like we used to be.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 27, 2021 at 6:03 pm

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You need the union now more than ever, but it’s the thing that is directly responsible for the issue you’re in disagreement about? Your union failed you, not only in not achieving your total comp expectations but in actually voting to take a portion of them away from you to satisfy a smaller group inside your union

Wake up, your union is scamming you. Vote out the corruption and vote in performance based compensation. I’d love to see deserving teachers being paid 2x immediately, but I’ll never support that under a union structure, way too corrupt and unfair

Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2021 at 9:59 pm

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PP, I disagree with everything you just posted. But let's get back to the topic, which is the top administration trying to take a raise while they make more than twice as much as all but the most senior teachers.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 28, 2021 at 11:18 am

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Get the Facts - we agree on the "end" we disagree on the "how". Which is ok. Its not wrong or right, its a different opinion on the best way to get there.

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