Negotiations Updates

Negotiations Updates

Overview

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. 

April 7, 2020

Please view the recent correspondence from Sac City Unified to the Sacramento City Teachers Association regarding negotiations of a distance learning plan.

April 6, 2020

We are pleased to share that we have reached a vital agreement  with the United Professional Educators (UPE) outlining the role of principals in distance learning during the period of school closures.

The student-centered agreement includes a commitment by Sac City Unified principals to:

  • Complete training on the District’s formal distance learning plan, Universal Design for Learning
  • Participate in professional development on the Districts’ preferred online instructional platform, Google Classroom
  • Continue to provide leadership regarding distance learning during the period of school closure

Our Next Step

Our plan is to begin implementing a student-centered formal distance learning program on April 13. The District looks forward to continued discussions with our labor partners to successfully develop and implement our distance learning plan during this period of school closures.

We will also continue distributing computers to students in need of digital access during the school closures. On April 3, the District deployed approximately 3,500 laptops to students throughout the District. We will deploy additional laptops during the week of our scheduled Spring Break in order to meet the needs of students by April 13.  

This agreement with UPE is consistent with the orders from the Governor (link to March 13 Exec. Order; March 19 Order/Guidance) and direction from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide Essential Educational Services. It is also consistent with corresponding CDE-issued guidance to help K-12 education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities.

Protecting Equity in Distance Learning

We are grateful for the efforts of our educators who continue communicating with their students to provide learning resources and ongoing support. Implementing a distance learning plan that serves all Sac City Unified students remains our focus in these critical negotiations over the coming days.

This agreement moves us another step forward in our plan to provide comprehensive and equitable learning opportunities for all students.

Please know that we are working internally, regionally, and beyond to determine how best to implement the various directives and guidelines related to ensuring distance learning opportunities meeting the needs of all students.

Available Online Resources

There are many free resources that can support student learning and student and family well-being during this public health crisis.

Free Learning Resources – Learning and physical activities for students and additional educational information for parents/guardians.

Utilities and Internet Services – Free and low-cost Internet services; links to free transit services and assistance with utility bills and rent.

Student Nutrition Program – free meals for students provided Monday – Friday.

Additional Food and Supplies – Free food closets and free fresh produce.

Health Resources – Free clinics, foster youth supports and mental health services.

Additional Resources – Legal assistance, childcare for essential workers, community childcare, Dreamer/DACA information and multi-service community agencies.

Recursos en español:

www.aprende.edu.mx/

www.aprendeencasa.sep.gob.mx

www.televisioneducativa.gob.mx

www.mexicox.gob.mx

www.conaliteg.sep.gob.mx/index.html

April 4, 2020

Please view the recent correspondence from Sac City Unified to the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) regarding negotiations of a distance learning plan.

March 30, 2020

We are pleased to share that we have reached an agreement with the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) for the second step of our distance learning plan during the period of school closures. 

The second step of our plan includes:

  • Computers for teachers who need them to provide distance learning instruction
  • Training for teachers on distance learning

Our Next Step

Our plan is to begin a district-wide formal distance learning program on April 13. The District looks forward to continuing our discussions with SCTA to continue developing and implementing our distance learning plan during this period of school closures.

This would include setting expectations for distance learning as well as the responsibilities of other key non-classroom certificated employees, including counselors, social workers, nurses, school psychologists, training specialists, librarians, program specialists, resource teachers, and language, speech and hearing specialists. Again, we remain hopeful that our students can begin a district-wide distance learning program by April 13. 

This agreement is consistent with the orders from the Governor (link to March 13 Exec. Order; March 19 Order/Guidance) and direction from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide Essential Educational Services. It is also consistent with corresponding CDE-issued guidance to help K-12 education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities.

Protecting Equity in Distance Learning 

We are grateful for the efforts of our teachers who continue communicating with their students to provide learning resources and ongoing support. Implementing a distance learning plan that serves all Sac City Unified students remains our focus in these critical negotiations with SCTA over the coming days. 

This agreement moves us another step forward in our plan to provide comprehensive and equitable learning opportunities for all students.

Please know that we are working internally, regionally, and beyond to determine how best to implement the various directives and guidelines related to distance learning opportunities. 

Available Online Resources

There are many free resources that can support student learning and student and family well-being during this public health crisis. 

Free Learning Resources – Learning and physical activities for students and additional educational information for parents/guardians.

Utilities and Internet Services – Free and low-cost Internet services; links to free transit services and assistance with utility bills and rent.

Student Nutrition Program – free meals for students provided Monday – Friday.

Additional Food and Supplies – Free food closets and free fresh produce.

Health Resources – Free clinics, foster youth supports and mental health services.

Additional Resources – Legal assistance, childcare for essential workers, community childcare, Dreamer/DACA information and multi-service community agencies.

Recursos en español:

www.aprende.edu.mx/

www.aprendeencasa.sep.gob.mx

www.televisioneducativa.gob.mx

www.mexicox.gob.mx

www.conaliteg.sep.gob.mx/index.html

March 20, 2020

We are pleased to share that we have reached agreements with the United Professional Educators (UPE) and the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) for the first phase of our distance learning plan during the period of school closures, which includes reaching out to families for a comprehensive student needs assessment. This agreement was reached following the District’s initial proposal to SCTA regarding the first phase as we move toward implementing the District’s distance learning plan, and after a number of counter-proposals between the parties. This agreement is consistent with the orders from the Governor (link to March 13 Exec. Order; March 19 Order/Guidance) and direction from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide Essential Educational Services.  It is also consistent with corresponding CDE-issued guidance to help K-12 education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities, including distance learning and independent study and accommodations for students with disabilities.

We know and appreciate that many staff members have been communicating with their students and families to provide various educational resources to use during these extraordinary circumstances. This agreement is an initial step toward developing and providing comprehensive and equitable learning opportunities for all students. Checking in with our students and families to uniformly evaluate the needs of their student sets the foundation for us to provide an effective distance learning plan during our closure. The District looks forward to continuing our discussions with labor partners to develop and implement the next phases of a distance learning plan during this period of school closures.

Please know that we are working internally, regionally, and beyond to determine how best to implement the various directives and guidelines related to distance learning opportunities. In the meantime, we will continue to expand our online enrichment resources to support our students and encourage activities that reinforce learning. 

March 3, 2020

The District is looking forward to commencing negotiations with the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) on a successor collective bargaining agreement this afternoon at SCTA headquarters! As the District prepares for today’s negotiations session, we are also pleased to share this document to provide background and context about the District’s budget and the goals that the District has for the negotiations session with SCTA as well as an overview of the District’s key proposals.

Additionally, as a courtesy and in response to requests from community members, we are pleased to share who is serving on the District’s Negotiations team, information which was communicated to SCTA yesterday.

We anticipate today’s meeting will be the first of a number of meetings between the District and SCTA negotiations teams who will discuss proposals, have questions about such proposals and provide counter-proposals.

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

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