Negotiations Updates

Negotiations Updates

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Welcome to our negotiations updates page. We strive to update this page often with the latest news and information related to contract negotiations with our labor partners. Click here to sign up to receive the latest updates related to labor negotiations. 

February 06, 2020

We are pleased to inform you that the District today sent SCTA a letter confirming its intent to meet on March 3, 2020, to begin negotiations on a successor contract. The District also proposed numerous additional dates for negotiations as well as extended times for the negotiations sessions. 

We are excited to begin the negotiations process and will continue to update you on these matters. For more information, please visit our negotiations updates page.

Thank you.   

January 22, 2020

We are pleased to inform you that while awaiting a determination from the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) on the District’s request for impasse, the District received a letter on January 17 from the Sacramento City Teachers Association offering to commence negotiations in March 2020.

Today, the District responded with a letter proposing to begin “around the clock” negotiations in February. The District also accepted SCTA’s proposed March dates should they continue to be necessary at that time.  

We are excited to begin the negotiations process and will continue to update you on these matters. For more information, please visit our negotiations updates page.

Thank you.   

January 13, 2020

On December 20, 2019 we informed you that after sending 17 letters and offering 63 dates inviting leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association to engage in negotiations, the District requested to the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) that impasse be declared and the parties be assigned a state mediator. Because PERB did not certify an impasse on December 20th, we again today, January 13, 2020, requested that PERB certify an impasse after now having sent 18 letters and offering 71 dates to begin negotiations.

As the recent State Audit Report outlined, a bargaining impasse occurs when two sides are unable to reach an agreement and cannot find resolution. In order to keep the State Auditor informed of the District’s efforts to move the process of negotiations forward, the District also today provided an update to the State Auditor focused on our efforts to implement its recommendations that require negotiated solutions.

The District will continue to update you on the latest information related to negotiations. For more, or to read past negotiations updates, please visit our negotiations updates page. Thank you.   

December 20, 2019

We want to inform you that after sending 17 letters and offering 63 dates inviting leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association to engage in negotiations, earlier today the District requested to the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) that impasse be declared. A bargaining impasse occurs when two sides negotiating an agreement are unable to reach an agreement and cannot find resolution. Click here to read the District’s statement about requesting PERB’s assistance.

The District will continue to update you on the latest information related to negotiations.

For more, or to read past negotiations updates, please visit our negotiations updates page.

Thank you.    

December 11, 2019

On Monday, December 9th, the District again reached out to leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association requesting to commence negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement that expired on June 30, 2019. In its letter, the District submitted to SCTA leaders the remaining proposals to the collective bargaining agreement articles that had previously sunshined. Click here to read the District’s letter.
 
Commencing contract negotiations as soon as possible is critical to fixing the fiscal health of the District. In a State Audit Report of the District that was released yesterday, the State Auditor stated “Sacramento Unified’s options for reducing ongoing expenses without engaging in labor negotiations are limited and unlikely to prove successful in addressing its precarious financial situation.” Click here to read the Auditor’s full report
 
We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments related to contract negotiations. For more information and to read past negotiations updates, visit our negotiations updates page. Thank you.

December 9, 2019

On Monday, December 9th, the District reached out to leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association requesting to commence negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement that expired on June 30, 2019. In its letter, the District submitted to SCTA leaders the remaining proposals to the collective bargaining agreement articles that had previously sunshined. Click here to read the letter.
 
Commencing contract negotiations as soon as possible is critical to fixing the fiscal health of the District. In a State Audit Report of the District that was released yesterday, the State Auditor stated “Sacramento Unified’s options for reducing ongoing expenses without engaging in labor negotiations are limited and unlikely to prove successful in addressing its precarious financial situation.” Click here to read the Auditor’s full report. 
 
We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments related to contract negotiations. For more information and to read past negotiations updates, visit our negotiations updates page. Thank you.

October 17, 2019

Earlier today the District reached out to leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association requesting to commence contract negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement that expired on June 30, 2019. Click here to read the full letter to SCTA leaders.

We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments related to contract negotiations. For more information and to read past negotiations updates, visit our negotiations updates page. Thank you.

October 3, 2019

Earlier today the District reached out to leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association requesting to commence contract negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement that expired on June 30, 2019. Click here to read the full letter to SCTA leaders. 

We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments related to contract negotiations. For more information and to read past negotiations updates, visit our negotiations updates page. Thank you. 

September 26, 2019

The District sent SCTA leaders this letter in response to staffing concerns raised by SCTA. 

September 23, 2019

The District sent SCTA leaders this letter in response to reports that SCTA leaders are directing employees not to administer the District-wide assessments for the 2019-20 school year. .

September 12, 2019

The District sent SCTA leaders this letter regarding the implementation of district-wide assessments to ensure all students are provided with educational programs that meet their individual needs.

September 3, 2019

The District sent SCTA leaders this letter notifying them about the implementation of district-wide assessments. 

August 23, 2019

The District sent SCTA leaders this letter once again inviting SCTA leaders to begin contract negotiations. 

August 16, 2019

The District sent SCTA leaders this letter stating that the District does not believe any of the prior issues articulated by SCTA leaders are actually unresolved or impediments to beginning negotiations. 

August 2, 2019

The District submitted its initial proposal to SCTA leaders and requested round the clock negotiations to resolve its labor dispute with SCTA and reduce the budget deficit. Click here to read the cover letter to SCTA leaders

June 20, 2019

The District sent this correspondence to SCTA leaders once again requesting a date to meet to commence successor contract negotiations. Since November 9, 2018 the District has sent 9 letters offering 34 dates to commence negotiations. SCTA leaders have not accepted any of the District’s offered dates and have refused to commence successor contract negotiations for the 2019-20 school year. Click here to see all 9 previous letters the District has sent to SCTA leaders.

June 13, 2019

The District sent this correspondence to SCTA leadership urging them once again to commence contract negotiations and offering more dates to meet. 

June 3, 2019

The District sent this correspondence to SCTA leadership indicating that voluntary rate decreases by HealthNet due to market forces do not equate to savings that can be used to create new certificated positions per the SCTA-SCUSD collective bargaining agreement section 13.1.1. The District’s letter was in response to this email and this messenger sent out by SCTA to its members, stating the opposite.

May 28, 2019

The District sent this correspondence to SCTA leadership in response to SCTA leadership declining the District’s offer to add health plan options that could help the District save money on health insurance without changing the structure of benefits. 

May 23, 2019

The District sent this correspondence to SCTA leadership stating that the District has paid $266,500 to the non-profit CECHCR, for the purpose of implementing the promised health savings per the 2016-19 SCTA-SCUSD collective bargaining agreement. The District reiterated its request that SCTA leaders follow through on the actions SCTA is required to take in order to implement the health cost savings that the District is paying CECHCR to implement.

May 21, 2019

Since November 2018, the District has been requesting SCTA leaders commence successor contract negotiations. Below are links to correspondence with various District requests related to negotiations and contract disputes.

May 21st letter Requesting to Commence Negotiations

May 21st letter Requesting to Meet With CECHCR on Health Savings