Update on ongoing negotiations with SCTA and plans in the event of a strike

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Dear Sac City Unified Families, 

Last night, SCUSD’s negotiations team met from 2:30 p.m. until late into the night at the bargaining table with the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) and two state-appointed mediators, who provided ongoing negotiations support between the two parties. The district’s negotiating team is meeting with SCTA’s negotiations team and the appointed mediators again today.

We care about all our employees and have made proposals to SCTA that would build on a compensation package for SCTA-represented employees that would increase compensation for district staff and provide fully paid health care coverage for all SCTA-represented employees and their families. These proposals would build on a compensation package for employees that is already the highest combined compensation in the region. 

We hope that our labor partners will consider that the district is offering to enhance compensation for our teachers while maintaining a generous health benefits package for employees and their families. 

If accepted by SCTA, these proposals, which can be viewed at www.scusd.edu on the Negotiations Update page, include the following changes for SCTA-represented employees:

Health Coverage

  • 100% health coverage through Kaiser provided for all employees and all their immediate family members at no cost to employees.
  • Employees that have alternate health coverage can opt to receive $3,000 per year ($250 per month) in-lieu of receiving this coverage through the district.

Pay Increase

  • Ongoing 2% salary increase starting in the 2021-22 school year.

One-Time Bonuses

  • 2% one-time stipend for 2021-2022; and
  • 1% one-time stipend for 2020-2021; and 
  • 1% one-time stipend for 2019-2020;.
  • $2,000 signing bonus for new employees hired into a certificated position on or before September 15, 2022 for the 2022-23 school year. 

Increased Pay for Substitute Teachers and Nurses

  • Increase substitute teacher daily rate by 25% for substitutes who filled in for absent teachers during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Provide an extra $150 per hour for nurses who took on extra COVID-related work beyond their regular 6-hour day during the 2021-22 school year.

More Professional Development

  • Offer three (3) additional paid days for professional learning, which increases salaries an additional 1.65% for 2022-23.

We are working to find common ground with our labor partners. Our proposals are aimed at addressing our district’s staffing challenges and would help our district recruit and retain staff. Equally important, the proposals also appropriately and responsibly balance use of one-time funds and ongoing budget commitments.

In the event of school closures resulting from the planned strike beginning Wednesday, March 23, 2022, we are providing the following updates: 

  • SCUSD will provide several large mobile drive-up meal distributions at community locations (11:30-1:00 each day). Pick-up locations will be shared shortly. 
  • While our schools will be closed for instruction, the SCUSD Academic Office has prepared Learning Activity Resources for students in all grades to access at home via the student Clever Portal. Those resources can be accessed in the menus below: 

COVID testing is still functional at our regional testing centers:

  • Serna Center 9am -4pm (Mon-Fri)
  • Albert Einstein MS 4-7pm (Mon-Fri)
  • Meadowview Testing Center 10am – 4pm (Mon-Fri)

COVID Vaccine Clinics will also remain open to the community:

  • John Still K-8 Wednesday, March 23 from 2pm – 6pm (UC Davis partnership)
  • Luther Burbank HS Thursday, March 24 from 2pm – 6pm (UC Davis partnership)
  • Serna Center Friday, March 25 from 4-7pm (SCUSD Clinic)
  • Will C Wood MS, Saturday March 26 from 9am – 1pm (CDPH)

We remain hopeful that we can avert a strike and will continue providing updates to you throughout the day.