Veteran teacher and former SDEA President Terry Pesta was appointed Chair of the Concessions Bargaining Team by SDEA President Bill Freeman. After helping to negotiate deep concessions in exchange for position restorations and a retirement incentive package in June, it appeared that Pesta was willing to sacrifice alongside other veteran teachers and continue to work for two more years without an increase in pay. (Remember, while teachers with fewer than 17 years in the classroom get a step increase each year, those with 17 years or more experience earned more in 2009 than they do now.)
Apparently, that will not be the case. Shortly after the passage of the TA, Pesta announced he was retiring in a letter to his colleagues at Valencia Park. As a retiring teacher, Pesta will receive the $25,000 early retirement incentive that he helped to negotiate.
Pesta is interviewed here, along with fellow retiring SDEA member George Berriochoa who was adamantly opposed to the TA.