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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/17/2017 06:27 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/17/2017 06:27 AM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM

Calaveras Unified Educators Set October 19th Strike Date

San Andreas, CA...The Calaveras Unified Educators Association (CUEA) has set a strike date of Thursday, October 19, 2017. While we are close to agreement on most items and issues being negotiated, the most significant gap appears to be with teacher compensation. We have offered a 2% salary increase and they have proposed a 6.5% salary increase and $100 increase to monthly benefit cap. Additionally, even as we face significant budget challenges, we have been able to address the following areas of mutual concern: Lowered average TK-3 class sizes to 26:1 this year and to 24:1 in 2018/19 (which is happening no matter the status of negotiations) Proposed increase to salaries of Career Technical Education teachers and Interns Increase compensation to teachers with class sizes over district maximums Initiate the formation of a districtwide safety committee

We have made an offer that we feel is as fair as our district can afford, given current and future conditions. Even with the current offer we have provided, we will still have to make additional budget reductions in order to submit an approved budget.

During the strike, CUSD will have all school sites operational and will do all we can to provide for a safe, secure and productive learning environment. We strongly encourage all students to attend school as they normally would. Given projected absences of staff and students and the potential impact on teams/organizations (creating issues of health and safety) as well as the overall impact on logistics and operations, all school-related extra-curricular events will be canceled or postponed. We acknowledge there will be impacts and issues to address and we are committed to doing what is necessary and possible, given the resources, to minimize the disruption as best possible.

While we wanted, and still want, a more positive and productive resolution to our negotiations situation, we also have been preparing for a strike so as to be as best prepared as possible. We will continue to hope for the best, remain open for direct dialogue and working towards a common resolution, while also preparing as best can for the worst case scenario, so we can continue to serve and support our students, no matter the situation.

Mark Campbell
Calaveras Unified School District

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Posted on: 2017-10-17 15:51:49   By: Anonymous
That's alright there are substitutes just waiting for your job A--holes!

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    Posted on: 2017-10-17 16:34:09   By: Anonymous
    if anyone thinks there will be substitutes "waiting to jump on a job" at CUSD you all are crazy. Especially at the high school level! Kids will be sitting in a gym being babysat by administrators. Sounds very productive. As a parent, I am disgusted. This has been a long time coming, teachers have had it and I don't blame them. No, I am not a teacher and NO my kids won't be attending school until the strike is over. I speak for many parents.

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    Posted on: 2017-10-17 18:50:11   By: Anonymous
    You do know there is a national teacher shortage, right?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 16:06:19   By: Anonymous
Maybe you need another two week break don't forget Nov another week and than the Xmas break and the half days on Friday do any of you do any teaching??

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    Posted on: 2017-10-17 18:47:16   By: Anonymous
    You seem to not know that teacher do not get paid when students have days off. Teachers get paid by the day. Unpaid days off in other professions are called unemployment. For some reason teachers get treated as if they should feel badly for not having work year round.

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      Posted on: 2017-10-17 21:16:39   By: Anonymous
      CUSD teachers enjoy a 185 (work) day contract. A person who works 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, 260 days. CUSD teachers enjoy a 7 hour work day, including a paid lunch, student free prep period and a decent benefit package. A representative from CUSD stated at a recent board meeting, the average teacher salary in the district is 96,000. (i have no way to verify this). Can anyone tell me how many CUSD teachers have been here for 10 years or more? Why are CUSD's test scores so low? Why does the union protect underperforming teachers? Seems the teachers were given a raise about three years ago, creating a dire financial situation for CUSD. Is it time for the state to step in?

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        Posted on: 2017-10-18 01:18:25   By: Anonymous
        A free prep period? You mean the time when teachers plan what they teach? What do you mean by free?

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        Posted on: 2017-10-19 10:41:39   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2017-10-17 18:49:15   By: Anonymous
    You must not know that when students go home early on Friday, it is so that teachers can meet together and do the many tasks that are neccesary in a ddition to student instruction.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-17 21:29:21   By: Anonymous
More of the same. If the districts are poor, cuts need to be made. It is obvious that cutting teachers, and the Classified employees that make it all work won't help. Make the cuts at the top by combining all 5 school districts of Calaveras County into one. Cut the redundant ones who make the most, to benefit the most

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    Posted on: 2017-10-17 21:40:15   By: Anonymous
    Good luck with that. The Highway 4 corridor parents/staff would never give up their autonomy.

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      Posted on: 2017-10-18 08:10:09   By: Anonymous
      That is why it needs to be taken from them, by a county-wide vote

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