On the heels of an emergency SDEA Board meeting he called just this past Friday, SDEA President Bill Freeman called yet another emergency Board meeting tonight. At tonight’s meeting, the Board explicitly voted to prepare for concessions in exchange for layoffs, and is planning to appoint a bargaining team after Rep. Council tomorrow evening (while the majority of the discussions were in Executive Session, the motion itself was made and voted upon in open session).
SDEA Board members received just a few hours notice that the meeting would take place, and many Board members received notice too late to attend. However, nearly twenty teachers, mostly from Fay Elementary and Marshall Middle School — two schools where groups of teachers have independently reached out to the media in support of contract concessions — knew about the meeting and spoke in favor of SDEA’s pre-concessions survey during the public comment section.
The agenda consisted of two major items: removing SDEA Vice President Camille Zombro from her charter school organizing position, and getting ready to bargain concessions in exchange for layoffs.
On the first issue, Camille was actually first informed by the District’s Human Resources Department this morning that she would be reporting to SDUSD effective tomorrow. Later this morning she was informed by Bill Freeman she was being removed from her position, and only AFTER that, at their 4:30 meeting, did the SDEA Board actually vote to remove her from the position (this is some reverse chronology to say the least).
On the second issue regarding bargaining concessions, a report will be made on the outcome of the SDEA Board vote at tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) Rep. Council.
We encourage anyone interested in the decision-making process of our union to attend the Wednesday, June 6 Rep. Council, the last one of the year. The Rep. Council has an Association Representative from every school in the District, and is the democratic decision-making body of our union. The Breakfast Club will be presenting the Rep. Council with our petition in support of our Five-Point Pledge to save jobs and our contract. We have more than 600 signatures gathered in just a week, and we’re still going. We hope to see you there!
- When: 4:15 on Wednesday, June 6
- Where: SDEA — 10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite 100