Mayor Newsom encourages San Francisco Unified School
District and United Educators of San Francisco continue negotiating
in good faith
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
March 30, 2006
San Francisco, CA Mayor Gavin Newsom today released
the following statement regarding the vote to authorize a strike
and the negotiation efforts between the San Francisco Unified
School District and the United Educators of San Francisco:
Ive been in close communication with the leadership
of the school district and the United Educators of San Francisco.
I encourage them to continue negotiating in good faith, and complete
the fact finding process.
A strike would greatly impact our city. Over 56,000 students
may be left without academic instruction and working parents would
be scrambling to secure adequate and safe child care. In addition,
the City would need to provide services from various departments
such as, San Francisco Police Department, Recreation and Parks
and MUNI, at a cost to all San Franciscans.
During my weekly school visits, Ive witnessed first hand
the passion and dedication our teachers have in providing quality
education to our students.
It is unfortunate that current negotiations are taking place
in a time when SFUSD is losing funds due to declining enrollment.
The state continues to under-fund its Proposition 98 obligations
and has failed to appropriately fund school districts across the
state, including San Francisco, for the last four years.
Despite the setbacks, Im hopeful that both parties will
agree on a fair and equitable contract, and continue their common
mission to serve the children of San Francisco. Our City will
continue to do its part to ensure the success of our students.
Once again, I stand prepared to help the parties reach a fair
and equitable agreement, if both sides request my involvement.