School teacher contract negotiations reach impasse
Susan Kitchell, school nurse; Susan Salomon, teacher at Swett
Elementary School; Dick Hermann, California Federal of Teachers;
Linda Plack, United Educators of San Francisco executive vice
president; Bradley Reeves, United Educators of San Francisco vice
president; Betty Robinson-Harris, Burnett Child Development Program;
Janet Eberhardt, United Educators of San Francisco; Sandra Mack,
United Educators of San Francisco; Jane Blanchard, Washington
High School; and Larry Blake, Hoover Middle School.
By Pat Murphy and Luke
February 2, 2006, 2:15 p.m.
Contract negotiations for San Francisco teachers ended today
at noon, with the United Educators of San Francisco union officially
declaring an impasse.
The union is now requesting State mediation which may begin "in
a week or two," Union President Dennis Kelly told the Sentinel.
Teachers will remain on the job during mediation, Kelly added.
Tom Ruiz, director of labor relations for the School District,
plans a press conference at 3:00 p.m.
"We're disappointed," Ruiz told the Sentinel.
"This is our fourth enhanced offer now with a 7.4% proposal
over 18 months," stated Ruiz.
Kelly explained teacher perspective.
"Our people have gone since Willie Brown was the mayor since
the last time they had a raise," stated Kelly.
"They need retroactivity, and the retroactivity that's being
offered at this point is back to January.
"We initially came in and tied our proposal to the percent
which the superintendent had gotten, the 12% she had gotten.
"We since moved that down to ten percent. The district (administration
staff) COLA over that period of time at 14.69%. If you factor
in what they're expected to get next year, they're expected to
get another six percent, and so we think that our proposal is
reasonable in terms of what money the district has had.
"And what we can say is... they've consistently spent it
on things other than employees."