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Teachers Plan Protest Rally, March on Tuesday

A neutral factfinder is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Alameda Unified School District and the Alameda Education Association teachers' union three days later

Alameda public school teachers will hold a protest rally and march on Tuesday, May 22, three days before representatives of their union, the Alameda Education Association (AEA), and of the Alameda Unified School District will meet with a neutral factfinder to discuss contract negotiations, the California Teachers Association (CTA) said Friday afternoon.

The CTA announcement said teachers will hold a rally at 4:30 p.m. in (the median that divides Park Avenue into two, south of Encinal Avenue). They will leave the the park at 5:30 p.m. and march along Park Street to City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., the announcement said. The AUSD Board of Education is scheduled to meet in closed session at City Hall at 5 p.m. and in public session at 6:30 p.m.

Teachers will wear green AEA shirts and carry picket signs, the CTA said.

A factfinder is scheduled to meet with both AEA and AUSD representatives on Friday, May 25, then make non-binding recommendations in the ongoing contract dispute between the teachers' union and the district, the CTA said.

Contract talks between the two sides have been going on since last fall, with little progress.

Helen Wu May 19, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Compare and contrast -- The District reached an agreement with one of its other unions for a raise in the amount that was rejected by the AEA. "Jerome Thomas, Chapter Public Relations Officer of CSEA #860, explained that he was looking forward to next week’s vote by the CSEA #860 membership: 'We did the best we could do for our members in this tough economy, with the state budget and the cuts in all school districts. I am excited to vote to have a contract ratified next week and turn the page. We need to move forward as a district.'" http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/images/stories/pdfs/pr_051812_tentative_agreement_between_ausd_and_csea_860.pdf
Mark Irons May 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
nice try Helen, apples and oranges. many conditions which apply to teachers are don't even exist for CSEA.
Jon Spangler May 19, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Mark, the conditions of the contract may differ but I have a real problem with the emotional tone of the AEA's messaging this time around, regardless of the fairness of their treatment by AUSD. The language used by AEA has been shrill, emotional, and more accusatory than the words used by AUSD, and that shrillness does not help the AEA's cause. I have no doubt that the teachers work hard and deserve better than what they are receiving from the district, but when the union communicates unprofessionally with the public it is alienating its allies. Why do its members and leaders exhibit such counterproductive behavior?
Maria May 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The tone-deaf granting of a raise for an administrator who earns 5 or 6 times what the average Alamedan earns was not a smart move.
Mandy Chang May 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
The AEA are the ones who are tone deaf. Go ask any local PTA where they've shown up recently and tried to sell their side of the story. Parents are supportive of teachers getting a raise but they are not supportive of baseless complaints that the district is treating them badly. It's time to stop the public posturing, sit down privately with the district and come to an agreement.
Jennifer Rush May 20, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I disagree Mandy. I want to know what the teachers are thinking. I know that not all teachers are treated fairly in this district, and I personally prefer my children to be educated by a happy teacher who is treated respectfully.
Brad G May 20, 2012 at 04:29 AM
As a parent of three children at two Alameda schools, my family will be attending the rally as well. Our teachers do so much and our presence may encourage a timely and fair contract by the end of the school year. Heck, there is going to be free pizza!
Mike McMahon May 20, 2012 at 05:48 AM
The only matter being heard by the fact finding committee is related to the contract ending June, 2012 and revolves around settling the langauge regarding class size for K-3 grades. Current ongoing negotiations regarding a new three year contract past July 1 including the 2012/13 calendar will be not be impacted by the fact finding process held on May 25th.
Skipper318 May 20, 2012 at 07:33 PM
My family will be there on Tuesday to support the teachers.
Anonymous Johnson May 23, 2012 at 05:46 PM
As an ordinary citizen / casual observer, I say the following. I voted for Measure A and did the right thing. Now Measure C is going to pass, the combination of which will cost me $1000+ per year. I am frustrated that despite this, there are still protests demanding more money!
Concerned Parent May 30, 2012 at 09:46 PM
And all this fighting over class size reduction from 25:1 to 20:1, nothing else is being considered during mediation. Remember this class size reduction is only for the K-3 classes. And by the way, Parcel tax was to be used to maintain a class size of 25:1. If the AEA insists on 20:1, where will the district get the money from? Taxpayers are not going to dish out more. Have the teachers looked at surrounding districts? Everyone is talking about major cuts, furloughs, and layoffs. AUSD has been saved by the parcel tax, but that doesn't mean there are unlimited funds.
Jack Schultz May 31, 2012 at 01:11 AM
In saving the district, the parcel tax also saved a bunch of union jobs. Sure would be nice if they gave us a calendar in return....
PhiChi249 February 26, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Perhaps class sizes would be smaller if they stopped bringing children in from Oakland. Just sayin...

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