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Pleasanton teachers union declares impasse in negotiations with district

Original post made on Oct 24, 2023

The Association of Pleasanton Teachers announced on Tuesday that it declared an impasse in negotiations with the district after the two sides remain nearly 10% apart on proposed salary increases, among other provisions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 9:23 PM

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Posted by LanceM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 24, 2023 at 9:43 pm

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This really doesn't tell the whole story. The story is that PUSD has received over 15% more funding based on cost of living funding from the state over the last 2 years. Yes, there is not 15% more money due to declining enrollment, but the district management sees no problem in funding themselves with more raises and many more employees and then claiming that the teachers want to bankrupt the district. What the teachers really want is what the district tells the teachers all the time...equity. The PUSD superintendent is making over 44% more in base salary than in 2017. While teachers salary increased under 14% in the same time period (or in other words, the superintendent's salary is increasing at a rate over 3X that of the teachers). I will say that calculating teacher's salary increase is a little complicated, but those numbers are coming from the highest paid (most experienced and trained) teachers. Why are we "investing" in huge salary increases for district office employees as well as increases district office staff while enrollment is declining? How many students and parents come back and talked about the impact the superintendent had on their lives. For decades PUSD had the highest paid teachers in the country (and likely the Bay area) and attracted the best teachers. As of today, PUSD is the 4th lowest paid in the country. Taking into account the current PUSD offer, the teachers would be about the 5th best paid teachers in the county and if you calculated "all in" (all stipends, benefits, etc.) would probably be a several spots lower. While the teachers are asking for 15% raise which almost seems ridiculous, last year (summer 2022), PUSD gave the superintendent a 16.5% raise (honestly, I can't find an explanation of why - if you know, please post). The only thing I can figure out is that it was a reward for keeping teacher's salary lower than surrounding schools.

Posted by Pton Resident
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 25, 2023 at 7:32 am

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I read this story twice. I cannot find what the teachers are asking for. The story says teachers want nearly 10 percent more than what the district is offering, but I do not see specifically what the union is demanding. It also would be helpful to include the salary range of teachers. The median pay would be good to know, too. In other words, critical details would be helpful.

Posted by Kids Come First?
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 25, 2023 at 11:30 am

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Thank you , Lance, for your excellent commentary. We should all be deeply concerned with the treatment of our teachers since this superintendent arrived. He has systematically eroded our district . He shares the responsibility for our current state with the school board that supports him. It’s impossible not to see how bloated the D.O. staff has become, while those with institutional wisdom of how we became a “destination district” have been jumping ship . We’ve witnessed increasing numbers of our most experienced teachers fleeing to nearby districts. They leave with heavy hearts because the board has been deaf to their deep unhappiness. Is it any surprise that we are here at the brink of a strike? Pleasanton teachers, I support you.

Posted by Pleasanton Mom
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Oct 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

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Please help us to sign this petition! Web Link

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 25, 2023 at 1:46 pm

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Here is the link to the salary schedule: Web Link

The most difficult part of all this is DO staff wringing their hands about a raise, yet Haglund and others get the same percentage added to their salaries when they settle. So if the teachers get 3, 5, or whatever, Haglund gets it too.

Posted by Frustrated Voter
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 25, 2023 at 3:57 pm

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PUSD was certainly a destination district for me when I started my teaching career: making an impact where I live, seeing the kids grow up, giving back to the community. I was so proud to be hired! I worked hard to become a better teacher, and the district supported me with robust trainings and mentoring. Now I’m almost embarrassed to claim this history because the district is not these things anymore. There is little support for teachers at any level (except for the excellent new teachers induction program) and even less support for the students. And we’re not even addressing the increased cost of living over the past decade v comparable salary adjustments. If something is shiny and new, management adopts it, regardless of programs and people already in place. All the new positions and staff at the district office? How many were promoted from within? Almost none. (And how many were women? Even fewer). How is there funding for this and not for classroom support? This management is out of touch with the art of teaching and their self-promotion and aggrandizing is exhausting, all at the expense of our children (and future leaders). Support the teachers! They are not asking for much, especially in comparison to what management has managed to secure for themselves. This “destination” is a dead end for experienced professionals who can earn more in neighboring towns. Shame on you.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 25, 2023 at 4:14 pm

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Most of you all voted for this, the board, the bond, etc.
That is not all of it!
Have you opened your property tax bill envelope yet?

Posted by Former PUSD Family
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 26, 2023 at 2:05 pm

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Haglund’s benefit package - which is over $75,000 a year - is that only while he is employed by PUSD or forever? Secondly the language about Haglund and “others” that receive whatever raise the teachers get…… where does that come from? Not asking for “who” specifically but who (in general) would be responsible for that? Can that somehow get changed? Do other districts have the same type of agreement regarding raises? I get contracts and all but at what point is enough enough with Haglund’s raises. It’s not like he is not paid well. Sad to see Pleasanton teachers going through this once again.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 27, 2023 at 7:47 am

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The additional raises given to cabinet and non union staff is part of a "me too" agreement. And yes, other districts do it too. For those with contracts, I think it's wrong to negotiate a raise you will get.

Posted by Truth
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 27, 2023 at 10:56 am

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The current proposal from APT is:
1) 14.25% increase to the salary schedule. This is based on (but less than) COLA over the past two years minus the 3.5% already negotiated in the last contract.
2) Full SINGLE Kaiser health care coverage including premium increases (management gets full FAMILY coverage INCLUDING premium increases FOR LIFE after 5 years employment - which most of the cabinet have).
3) Class size reductions and caseload caps for specialists to better support students.
4) A variety of stipend increases to attract and retain specialists.

Management's proposals:
1) 6.5% increase to the salary schedule. This is less than this year's COLA of 8.22% and doesn't account for the shortfall from last year after the district received $20M in EXTRA funding after a contract agreement was reached. When they refused to reopen the contract to negotiate how that funding would be spent, they assured the community that money would still be there for this negotiation - now they say they don't have it.
2) Full single Kaiser health care coverage NOT tied to premiums. They expect teachers to shoulder the burden of rising healthcare costs. These costs increased 12% this year alone. The current $5000 they provide to teachers didn't even cover the $7000 premium increase in family Kaiser from 2022 to 2023.
3) No class size reductions except for K-3, which has been mandated (and funded) by the state for over 10 years, so it costs them nothing to put that current number in the contract.
4) Some, but not all, of the stipend increases teachers asked for. Those that they have agreed to were in areas where parents have flooded the board with complaints (dual immersion, special ed, outdoor ed). While they did offer an increase in stipends for masters and doctorates from $750 to $1000, they refuse to tie the stipend to a cell on the salary schedule (so it would increase with increases in salary) while Dr. Haglund's stipends for HIS doctorate and masters are higher and tied to a cell.

Posted by Truth
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 27, 2023 at 11:00 am

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Dr. Haglund's contract:

Web Link

Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Oct 30, 2023 at 12:01 pm

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Pleasanton is not the fine City it was! This is directly related to the people that have been voted into office. Voice your concerns at the ballot box!

Posted by Jo
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 6, 2023 at 1:53 pm

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Teachers are well paid for the actual hours worked and before you say they work a lot off the clock, most of the salaried ppl I know do also. Alot of us have the "unlimited time off" feature of "tech work" which is laughable at best. Teachers I love ya and hate ya.. go cry me a river.

Posted by Jimmy The Jet
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2023 at 2:36 pm

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If you compare the salary that teachers and similar professionals earn with postgraduate degrees teachers earn far less. Yes, even prorated for time off during summer breaks. Then again why pay some of our most important citizens well? Why would we not try to attract bright dedicated people to the teaching profession with high salaries and good benefits? The lack of respect that teachers experience with comments like the one from Jo are all too common.

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