Yesterday, most SDUSD employees received our first paycheck for the 2012-2013 school year. For SDEA members, that paycheck was supposed to have included a 2.7% increase for the restoration of five furlough days, plus another 2% pay increase.
That’s what the administrators (members of AASD) and the classified staff (members of CSEA) got on their paychecks yesterday. Unlike us, they didn’t fall for the District’s “Layoffs versus Concessions” trap. Yet according to the Human Resources report at the July 24 School Board meeting, the District is slowly recalling them nonetheless, just like SDEA members have always been recalled in previous years when we didn’t open our contract and take massive cuts. PLUS, all of the other unions’ laid off members got their healthcare extended through September 30 after all. Take a look at the AASD website. Administrators struck an eleventh hour deal on June 29 that extended their members healthcare through September. That was the deal SDEA President Bill Freeman told us we couldn’t get. Freeman also told SDEA members that no one else would be getting their raises either — take a look at the SDEA Facebook, where one member posts that she still has the voicemail where he told her so. Those things are just not true.
Here’s what is true: Unlike almost all of the other employee unions in the District, the paycheck that SDEA members received yesterday reflects a 4.7% decrease from what we had bargained. And remember, while the other unions will see yet another 2% increase in January 2013 and then another 3% increase in July 2013, we in SDEA are looking at another 14 furlough days being implemented in the middle of the year if the tax measure fails in November. Just imagine what our checks will look like December 2012 through June 2013 when the District takes out another 14 furlough days’ worth of pay from the remaining seven checks!
We don’t begrudge other unions from standing strong to protect their pay and benefits, particularly our District’s vastly underpaid and undervalued low-wage classified workers. We just wish our union had done the same.
UPDATE: On Friday, August 3 the District announced that they had reached a concessions agreement with AASD. According to emails from SDEA President Bill Freeman, that deal was reached the day we published this blog post. Read the updated information HERE.