District Response to SCTA Strike Announcements

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Below is a chronological timeline of communications between the Sacramento City Unified School District and leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association in response to the announcement of potential teacher strikes. This page will be updated as correspondence is exchanged between the parties.

May 15, 2019

Superintendent Jorge Aguilar sent this letter to SCTA leadership requesting a list of the unfair practices that SCTA is alleging to support a strike. 

April 29, 2019

Superintendent Jorge Aguilar sent this letter to SCTA leadership in response to SCTA leadership’s April 26, 2019 letter to the Superintendent.

April 11, 2019

The Sacramento City Unified School District issued the following statement this afternoon after the conclusion of the one day teachers strike:

District Administrators and Board Members spent today visiting school sites meeting with and listening to our students, educators, staff and families. The message we heard from our community was clear—they do not want to be caught in the middle of a fight between leaders of the SCTA and District. While our community understands we have a $35 million budget deficit and are at risk of state takeover, they want all of us working on solutions to this problem, not on fighting with each other. We will be honoring Board President Jessie Ryan’s call for a “cease fire” agreement between the District and SCTA. While we had originally planned to file an unfair labor practice charge against SCTA challenging the legality of today’s strike, we have chosen not to file that charge today. Instead, we will focus on working together with a coalition of labor, business, community, and elected officials to avoid a state takeover and address our budget challenges.

April 8, 2019

District leaders and SCTA met for a confidential session with an experienced mediator from the State Mediation and Conciliation Services. The parties followed the instructions of the mediator but unfortunately a resolution was not reached. The District issued this statement afterwards:

The possibility of a teachers strike this Thursday is not a laughing matter. And the possibility of Sacramento City Schools going bankrupt and being taken over by the state, is certainly nothing to cheer about.

A strike could lead to a state takeover and that would hurt our students, families, and employees. If this happens the school district will be forced to take out a state loan and we would have to repay that loan with interest. How is giving millions of dollars to the state, instead of to our classrooms, good for our students? It’s not.

Even worse, cuts to vital programs and services for kids will leave a scar on this city and its residents for years and possibly decades to come.

Which is why we must resolve our differences with our teachers’ union leaders and save our schools from a state takeover.

Yesterday a state mediator tried to help us do that through “shuttle mediation” given the size of the SCTA team which is made up of more than 65 individuals.  But almost immediately after both sides agreed to keep the mediation session confidential through a previously signed agreement, leaders of the teacher’s union went onto social media pages and made dishonest statements about school district leaders, including our superintendent—none of which are true.

This behavior has to stop. Yes, we have disagreements, but acting uncivilly toward each other, making statements that are not true, or worse yet, laughing after a mediator made the determination that the session should end, is not the kind of behavior that is going to bring us closer together to save our schools.

April 6, 2019

The District sent this letter to SCTA leaders requesting to meet and continue mediation to avert a strike. The letter was sent in response to SCTA’s correspondence to the District the night of April 4, 2019.

April 2, 2019

The Sacramento City Unified School District issued the following statement this evening in response to today’s announcement that the Sacramento City Teachers Association plans to go on strike next Thursday, April 11th:

“We are deeply saddened by the announcement of a strike on the same day that we urged SCTA to continue to work with us through the state mediation and conciliation services to come to a solution. This strike is unnecessary and will only hurt students, families and employees by putting the district on the fast track to a state takeover. A state takeover will result in less money for our students and do serious harm to the city’s public schools for many years to come. Our students do not deserve to be put through the hardships that will be caused by this strike. We will continue encouraging SCTA leaders to work with us in the coming days to focus on saving our schools from a state takeover and finding more collaborative ways to resolve their disagreements with the District.” 

Earlier in the day Superintendent Jorge Aguilar sent this letter to SCTA leadership to be shared with their council prior to their vote to set a strike date. 

March 20, 2019

Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jorge Aguilar sent a letter to SCTA leadership indicating the District’s willingness to meet with SCTA leaders in response to their announcement of a potential teacher strike. Click here to read the full letter to SCTA leadership

March 15, 2019

The Sacramento City Unified School District has released the following statement in response to Friday’s announcement from the Sacramento City Teachers Association that they have voted to approve an authorization to call a strike:

“A strike would put the district on the fast track to a state takeover which would only hurt our students, families, and employees. We believe the grounds for the strike laid out by SCTA leaders today are unfounded. A strike is not the solution to address any concerns about the District’s practices. A strike will only put our students, families, and employees through unnecessary hardships in and outside of the classroom. We instead continue to encourage SCTA leaders to come to the table to start negotiations with a neutral facilitator.”