United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

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Updates, Charlottesville resources, and tomorrows staff gathering!

Staff Gathering at Richmond Auditorium

UTR is having a booth for our members to check in, please come and get a raffle ticket, some UTR information and free resources!  

Charlottesville Incident

“Our students and their families deserve to know that we are allies in the fight against intolerance and bigotry. Thoughtful, intentional lessons on the events in Charlottesville, and the fight against bigotry and intolerance is one way of addressing these very serious questions and concerns.” – AFT President

Below are some websites with resources available for use:
https://sharemylesson.com/CharlottesvilleCurriculum
https://www.tolerance.org
http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2017/08/there-is-no-apolitical-classroom-resources-for-teaching-in-these-times/
http://www.scoop.it/t/safe-schools-communities
http://contraiety.blogspot.pe/2017/08/the-bothersome-assignment-of-being.html
https://rethinkingschoolsblog.com/2017/08/14/seven-ways-that-teachers-can-respond-to-the-evil-of-charlottesville-starting-now/

Bargaining Update

There will be an update coming out Friday from our Bargaining team as well as a video explaining the information by Saturday. Please be in the look out.

 Report on Retention

 Over the summer President Gonzalez and Superintendent Duffy collaborated on a study about the retention of teachers. The report was to obtain data as of why are our people leaving and therefore use that data to frame our priorities for this year. Please look at the links below to read the reports. The biggest finding was that our people are leaving WCCUSD for various reasons but the top reasons is Compensation.

For the slide show please click HERE.
For the full report please click HERE.

Elections of Site REPS

Please remember the important task of electing site representatives. Site reps are super important for making sure that our contract is honored and that all members are represented at our policy making council. This is democracy in action! Many sites elect their representatives in the spring and some in the fall. If you have not held an election for this year’s reps., please do so as soon as possible. Please also make sure that the UTR office knows about your elected reps for this year. Each site has the right to one rep for every 15 members, plus one for every fraction greater than 50% of 15. For example: A site with 23 members would have the right to two reps.

NAACP Charter Resolution

Over the summer, the NAACP took a strong stance on Charter School. The NAACP wants to make sure all schools receiving public funds are held to the same high standards of transparency, accountability, and quality. To read the analysis that they released please click HERE and HERE.

 Bargaining for the Schools Our Students Deserve!     

Our statewide coalition grows! In July, the California Alliance for Community Schools convened union leaders, students, parents, and community organizations in San Diego for a weekend discussion of how to move a statewide social justice agenda through collective action and bargaining for the common good.

The National Education Association sponsored sending your team from UTR. The coalition will continue meeting and is sending a collaborating group to the NPE conference in Oakland. UTR is sending 5 representatives. 

WELCOME New UTR members!

Yesterday at the New Teacher Orientation UTR welcomed over 200 new members. 

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New Website – Under Construction

Hello, thank you for visiting our Website. We are currently in the middle of launching our new Website so you might not find the most up to date information here. If you need something that is not up to date please call our office at (510) 222 – 5112. Our new site will be launching in the next few weeks. Thank you for understanding.

Sincerely,
UTR Staff

Happy Summer! – Educator Discounts

Dear UTR members,

Happy Summer! As you enjoy the well-deserved break, I know that summer can be a time for teachers where we have tight budgets. Below is a list of discounts we get as educators through CTA and others!

I hope that this helps as you relax this summer break.

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

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As UTR members through CTA/NEA we get lots of discounts! Please go to the member benefits section on their website HERE to find out more. CTA provides discounts for traveling, theme parks, car rentals, restaurants, movie theaters, entertainment, etc. To buy tickets just log in through CTA and provide your ID (if you do not have it you may call UTR or look on the back of the Educator magazine that you get at home).Discounts

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Please click HERE on a blog created for educators to find over 100 businesses that give discounts to teachers.

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For clothing stores that give teacher discounts please click HERE.  Stores included and some that we know are:

Ann Taylor LOFT, The Limited, Banana Republic, Madewell, J. Crew, Aerosoles, Christopher and Banks, Dressbarns, Calvin Klein,  some H&M’s, and some Forever 21’s, and Lands End.

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The Employee Store of Mountain Hardware here in Richmond lets WCCUSD employees enter and use the discounted pricing if you show your district ID. Any campers or adventurers this summer? Click HERE!

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UTR Updates 6.6.17

Dear UTR members,

As this school year comes to an end, I reflect on the work that UTR has done for all our members this year. I am very proud of the work all of you have done not just for one another but also for our students. We have been involved in our community through social justice issues more than ever before and we have been able to make strides in many issues that affect our jobs.

My first year as your President has been one of the most challenging but also one of the most rewarding years I have had as an educator. Thank you for all your support, words of encouragement, and mentorship as I learned how to navigate this position. We have much to do and many more things to accomplish in the coming years here in WCCUSD, in CA, and in the United States but for now I hope we all get to enjoy a really well deserved break this summer.

Thank you, and I look forward to serving you next year.  Please make sure that your reps have your summer contact information as we continue negotiations.

I wish you a great last week of school! 

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

 Your End of the Year Contractual Rights

Your grades are inviolate. Per Ed Code, you cannot be coerced into making changes nor can an administrator change your grades.

Elementary Prep time:
Teachers are still entitled to 100 minutes of prep in the last week. However, it may not be their previous schedule, but may be provided by time on scheduled minimum days.

FullSizeRenderYour UTR State Council Members and UTR President at CTA State Council this past Weekend representing UTR! Doug Marques, Eric Swabeck, Jacob Gran, Robert Ellis, and Demetrio Gonzalez.

UTR Updated 5.30.17

Dear UTR members,

Happy two weeks left of school! We have a lot in today’s newsletter so please look through the parts that interest you the most. Below is an update about bargaining, update from the last school board meeting, and upcoming events.

Bargaining Update

Our regular Bargaining Update will be coming out tomorrow. As mentioned before, UTR is opening Article 23 (Salary) and the district is opening Article 22 Calendar). You may click HERE to be directed to our contract and read both articles. Your bargaining team is negotiating for the following:

-14% restoration to the UTR salary schedules.
-Increase in elementary pay when taking extra students due to subs not being available (current rate is 32 dollars per day for up to 10 students).
-Increase in secondary pay when period subbing (current is 45 per period or 90 for a 100 minute class)
-Itemized pay stub with any additional hours worked .
-New language for errors in payroll issues, including reimbursements of personal fees due to the errors (ex. Credit card fees, car payment fees, etc).
-Change in Hourly rate.
-CTE Educators be added to salary schedule.
-Nurses be put in the speech pathologists salary schedule.

 Please look below for our rationale as well as bargaining presentations. It is very important that we are all informed and involved in this process.

 Bargaining Presentation to REP Council: HERE

Flyer to community for Bargaining – English: HERE

Flyer to community for Bargaining – Spanish: HERE

Flyer on buying a home in WCCUSD communities and UTR Salary: HERE

The Bargaining team had its second day of negotiations last Thursday. A report and the next survey question will be going out tomorrow. Please continue spreading the word that the more people that participate the better. 

School Board Meeting Report

5/24/17
Agenda: HERE

To access the report from the meeting please click HERE. Items discussed were UTR Bargaining, Willful Defiance Suspensions Ban, Caliber Beta Academy Charter new location, Aspire Charter School expansion, LPS Charter School renewal, Conscious Kitchen, and LCAP.

Coming up events

1.Ed Tech Camp! Registration for the 4th Annual EdTech Summer Camp is now open! Are you interested in learning new edtech skills while creating a website, Google Classroom, blended lesson plan, Padlet, or HyperDoc that you can use next fall? All while having fun and collaborating with colleagues? (An added bonus: you’ll be paid and fed and entered in a raffle!) If this sounds like your kind of thing, register using the link below and HURRY! There are limited spaces available! 

4th Annual EdTech Summer Camp

DeAnza High School
Session 1, Monday-Tuesday, June 12-13 (8:30am-3pm)
Session 2, Wednesday-Thursday, June 14-15 (8:30am-3pm)
Teachers will be paid the teacher hourly rate of $33/hour for their hours of attendance. (Each session is consists of two 6-hour days.) Continental breakfast and lunch are served.
Register at: http://bit.ly/campreginfo17
Questions? Email: edtechpd@wccusd.net

2. June 2nd WCCUSD staff Celebration! Richmond Memorial Auditorium!

3. June 8th – Last Day of School!

4. June 14th – School Board Meeting. INVICTUS Charter School is having its public hearing for a 7th – 12th School of approximately 750 students. If approved, this school will have to be collocated at an existing site. We believe some possible places will be Lovonya DeJean Middle School, Kennedy High School, or possibly elementary schools.

Thank you for all you do.

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates 5.21.17

Dear UTR members,

Less than 3 weeks of school left! :)

As you know, your bargaining team and leadership are working really hard to negotiate better wages for all our educators. Please read below and join us this Wednesday at the WCCUSD School Board Meeting. 

UTR Bargaining

Our President and Bargaining Chair will be doing a small presentation at the WCCUSD School Board on Wednesday during the School Board Meeting.

The meeting is taking place at Lovonya DeJean Middle School at 6:30 PM.

We will be presenting information about how we believe WCCUSD can support the vision of retaining our educators. Please spread the word at your sites and we hope you will join us to support our leadership as they make the case to the School Board that We Need Competitive Salaries NOW.

The following report was created by the bargaining team and will be used to show our community what we are bargaining for and why it’s important. Copies will be going out to the sites for everyone and we hope your site will pass them to parents and community members. 

For an online copy to share on social media please click HERE.  

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For a copy of articles being bargained please click below:

UTR article 23 – Salary : HERE
WCCUSD Article 22 – Calendar: HERE 

If you would like to speak at the School Board Meeting we will be sending speaking points tomorrow. You must get there before 6:30 to fill out a public comment card and list either “Public Comment” or item “B-8” to speak on these topics. 

Other Agenda Items

Agenda: HERE

1. UTR will be speaking during public comment about the Willful Defiance Suspensions Ban. In collaboration with various community organizations UTR will be asking for the Board to create a task force adjunct committee to review this issue, study the data and needs specifically by sites, and then create a policy proposal recommendation that may be implemented in the 2017/18 School Year. We are advocating for the WCCUSD School District to Ban Willful Defiance Suspensions BUT with the right tools and supports that will give educators, students, and parents successful pathways on discipline and social emotional learning. We are asking that this task force is created with UTR members on it that will support the work. The WCCUSD School Board is scheduled to discuss this item at the Board Meeting. If you would like to come support our proposal please join us. To speak on this item please list that you would like to speak under item “E.2”.

2. WCCUSD Staff will be presenting on LCAP items for the 2017/18 school year. They will be presenting on Goal 1. 

3. The WCCUSD will be voting on the new location for Caliber Beta Academy at North Campus and Kennedy.

4. The WCCUSD School Board will be voting on the expansion proposal for Aspire Charter School from  636 students to 1207 in the 2019/20 school year. Over the next three years, WCCUSD loss of ADA will be from 571 students by the academic year of 2019-20.

5.  The WCCUSD School Board will be voting on the approval to renew the Charter Petition for Leadership Public Schools (LPS) until 2022.

6. The WCCUSD School Board will be having the public hearing for the Special Education Annual Plan for the 2017/18 School Year.  

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates 5.15.17

Dear UTR Members,

 Happy 4 week mark! Can you believe we only have 4 weeks left? Last push! Please read some of the highlights and information from UTR from this last week.

May 12th Rally

 Public and Charter school teachers and parents from Oakland, Richmond, San Leandro, and Hayward rallied to support legislation to support Charter Accountability and Transparency in California. Speakers included, Assembly Members Tony Thurmond and Rob Bonta, OEA president Trish Gorham, UTR president Demetrio Gonzalez, California Virtual Educators president Brianna Carrol, PLAN Executive Director Pecolia Manigo, and Director Jody London. Special thanks to the Oakland Tech Jazz Band for the warm up and all the educators that came on a Saturday evening. The Rally was televised State Wide and got a lot of press attention. 

The Bills Supported by the California Alliance for Community Schools were Bills: AB 1360, AB 1478, and SB 808

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Girls on the Run 5K in S.F.

Bayview, Chavez, Montalvin Manor, Nystrom, and Verde Elementary Schools had their Girls on the Run 5K Sunday in San Francisco with over 50 Elementary and Middle Schools from the Bay Area. Thank you to the coaches from each of the schools for making such an incredible opportunities for young woman to learn about empowerment, physical activity, and volunteering your time. This wonderful program is offered in the Fall and in the Spring for any schools that would like to do it in the 2017/18 School Year. For more information please go HERE.

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 School Board Meeting Report 
5/10/17
Agenda: HERE

Like always I would like to point out the biggest items from the meeting. If you are interested in reading the whole agenda and looking through all the items discussed please click above.

1. West Contra Costa Unified School District presented the “Classified Employee of the Year“. The awardees were:

            Classified Supervisor             –   Melisa Siembida

            General Services M & O        –   Joseph Branchcomb

                                                                 –   Tanya Meadows

            Office & Technical                  –   Veronica Villagomez

                                                                 –   Toni Martinez-Gant

            Paraprofessional                    –   David Quesada

                                                                 –   Claudia Santoyo

            Confidential                             –    Denise Cifelli

2. INVICTUS Charter School turned in their petition to open a 750 student middle School and High School. The petition was presented by 4 parents and the charter Founder. 2 of the 4 parents were the same parents that were in the presentation for VOICES. The petition will be reviewed at the School Board Meeting on May 24th and will be voted on June 7th. We don’t have more information yet until we can read the petition.

3. There was a Discussion for the future Plan for Facilities for Caliber Beta Academy. The District presented the history of the charter and plans, to read more please go to the Agenda and Read item E.1.  The Board is currently reviewing the proposal to keep the school at Kennedy and when construction is done, move Caliber to North Campus. 

 4. Superintendent Duffy spoke about a 4.1 million dollar investment from Title 1, 2, and 3 in 5 years for the Kennedy Family Schools (to support 9 to 10 schools). The investment will support the 10 school by providing them the following things:

a) Partners in Schools Support and partnership
b) Investment in their Fab Labs
c) Investment in their family Sports Leagues
d) Begin a campaign for reclassification with families

For more information on these investments please click HERE in the agenda and go down to item E.2. to download the Superintendents presentation and info. 

5. Willful Defiance Suspension Ban will be discussed at the School Board meeting on May 24th. More information from UTR about this item will come to you in the next few weeks.

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

Dear UTR members,

I would like wish you an amazing teacher appreciation day! Today we celebrate educators throughout California and in WCCUSD for all the work you do day in and day out.

You are impacting and changing the lives of kids in this community with your words, your actions, your lesson plans, your hugs. Teachers are building the next generation of poets, writers, artists, engineers, politicians, biologist, etc. For this and many other reasons I thank you for your work.

If it wasn’t for teachers like yourselves I wouldn’t be here today. When I arrived to the United States at age 15, my teachers were the ones that helped me learn English, who helped me adjust to the culture, the one’s who taught me how to read. I owe my success and education in this country to the educators who pushed me along and always had my back. I could not be more proud to call myself an educator today and to hopefully support the lives of more students that have their own struggles like I did growing up.

WCCUSD educators are among the best educators in this country. Teachers here have endured years of hardship because we love our students and we love our kids.  I hear amazing heroic stories of teachers in WCCUSD all the time and I feel so humbled and lucky to be able to represent you in UTR. 

Thank you for all you do and for changing the world.

I leave you with this video to remind you about this incredible work that we do:

Kid President thanking retiring teacher:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veuSc9ZhpPY 

California Day of the Teacher 2017

Day of the Teacher CTA Resources: HERE 

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA 

 

TOMORROW! – May 1st – UTR/CTA Day of Action, Labor Rally! Please spread the word.

Dear UTR members,

 Happy Sunday! Thank you for all the work you’ve been putting into our Day of Action and Rally for tomorrow, May 1st. This day of action is going to be an incredible moment for California. All the locals in our alliance and CTA will be doing marches, rallies, and teach-ins in their communities. 

Our Rally at 4:00 at Lovonya DeJean Middle School will have a great line of speakers and resources that will be available. Some of our speakers will be, Mayor of San Pablo Cecilia Valdez, Vice-Mayor of Richmond Jovanka Beckles, Richmond Council Member Eduardo Martinez, a member from the RYSE Youth Center, a staff member from Tony Thurmonds office, Antonio Medrano President of the ACLU chapter, two students, and one of our very own teachers!

We will also have a food truck there with free food, human rights CTA posters, and information for the community. We will also have signs and posters available for anyone who wants to make their own.

Please make sure you tell your staff to bring as many friends as they can! Everyone in staff is invited. We want to have as many people there in support of Human Rights, Public Schools, and labor.

We also know some schools have been asking if you can do marches at your schools, walk ins, walk outs, etc and the answer is YES. Please also send us pictures and wear your UTR BLUE or RED if available!

For some posters and resources please click below:
May 1st Flyer #1: HERE
May 1st Labor Flyer #2: HERE
Menu of options: HERE

 CTA resources:
May 1st Resources : HERE
Human Rights CTA Resources: HERE 

To share on social media this tonight and Monday please copy and paste the information below:

UTR/CTA Statewide Day of Action! Labor Rally May 01, 2017
Monday at 4:00 PM join us at Lovonya DeJean Middle School!
Rally to advocate for public schools, human rights, and labor! 

#solidarity #Richmond #SanPablo #Hercules #Pinole #ElCerrito #El Sobrante #Kensington #wccusd #teacherstudentsparentsunited 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9ufHl5n0RKOX1hyUHl4Y1JpRHM/view?usp=sharing

May 1st Labor Rally Picture!

REPS: Please make sure your admin knows that no testing should be happening tomorrow and that all staff meetings should end by 3:45 latest so that the whole staff can come together.

UTR Update – Willful Defiance Suspensions Position

Dear UTR members and community,

I wanted to share UTR’s official position on the policy proposal of banning willful defiance suspensions. 

Our Executive Board discussed this deeply and we hope that everyone will support UTR and the community by joining us at the WCCUSD School Board meeting on May 10th at 6:30 PM at Lovonya DeJean Middle School to support this proposal. 

We have been in communication with approximately 20 different community organizations that will be supporting our proposal to the WCCUSD School Board instead of the current one proposed by Board Member Phillips.

Please Read Below:
Support our kids and teachers! ‘Ban it!’ is a band-aid.

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates 4.24.17

Dear UTR members,

 Happy Monday! Below are some highlights and updates from UTR. Thank you for all you do!

Middle College wins CA Gold Ribbon Award!

Congratulations to Middle College High School for receiving the CA Gold Ribbon award!

 “Middle College High School, West Contra Costa Unified School District: Middle College High School collaborated with Contra Costa College to create an Early College High School program, which helps prepare them for college by increasing their exposure to college. It has helped increase the number of students who graduate from high school and go on to pursue post-secondary education.”

For the Link please click HERE.
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Possible UTR Trainings
                           Member Benefits and Legal Training

 UTR is thinking about offering two free trainings that could count towards your 10 hours of self-directed PD. One on legal rights for our members, and a second on member benefits for being part of UTR/CTA/NEA (like summer discounts you can enjoy during the summer! Example, Disney land tickets?).

If you think you would be interested in either one or both of these trainings please click the survey HERE. In order to offer these trainings to be offered we want to have at least 25 people signed up. Thank you.

Uplift Charter School Petition

 As mentioned in previous updates, Uplift Charter School had put in a petition to open a school that would have served about 750 students in West Contra Costa. UTR presented information to the WCCUSD School Board HERE that spoke about their program as well as connection to the for profit CMO K-12. Thanks to your advocacy and our community partners Uplift pulled their petition this week. Thank you UTR members for standing up for our students and community.

May 1st – Organize, Organize, Organize!

 The May 1st events and rally at DeJean Middle School at 4:00 PM is going to serve as a place of solidarity for all of labor to go and advocate with the community for basic Human Rights for all our students and families that are currently being violated by policy makers, for our advocacy of our bargaining proposal, and for a state wide day of action advocating for public schools! I have spoken to the Superintendent and all testing has been cancelled for that day except for AP testing due to it being a national issue. Faculty meetings might still be occurring but all have to end by 3:45 maximum so that teachers and administrators can come to the Rally! WCCAA (admin union), Local 1, and Local 21 are co-sponsoring the event with us as well as various community organizations. 

For more information please look at the attached flyer HERE.
For ideas of things to do on May 1st as a site or in your classroom please download HERE.

Know Your Rights Events

We will be hosting two events for families, educators, and community to come and learn about their rights specifically about immigration. With the growing worry about change of policies nation wide and growth of ICE raids this is something our community cares about deeply including our students. We are offering these two trainings for people to hear from experts about their rights and options under different legal circumstances. The events are being hosted by UTR, WCCUSD, RYSE Youth Center, ACLU, Latina Center, Healthy Richmond, and many other community organizations. Please spread the word at your schools especially with your PTA’s or parents groups.  

For Flyers in English and Spanish please download HERE and HERE. The WCCUSD School district is also sending the flyers to the schools to send home with students.

Economic Impact Report
Solutions Team Update

 At the last two solutions team meetings, UTR presented information to the leadership of our partner unions and leadership of the district and School Board members about the economic impact report Los Angeles did on Charter Schools. The whole team after reviewing information presented by UTR agreed that this is a something that we should explore for WCCUSD. WCCAA, Local 1, and Local 21 as well as Board Member Kronenberg and Superintendent Duffy advocated for the importance and the need for this data for WCCUSD. The group unanimously voted to present this to the WCCUSD School Board and to ask them to move forward on an economic impact report on current charter schools as well as possible upcoming charters on the overall wellbeing of the WCCUSD School District, students, and teachers.

Potential policy proposal on the Ban of Willful Defiance in WCCUSD

UTR has taken an official position this week and we will be releasing it this week in collaboration with community organizations in the community. Please be in the lookout for that through an email this week.

For the article from NBC please download HERE.  


Evaluations Update
Evaluations Article 15: 

  • *    April 15th deadline – The evaluation process must be completed by April 15 for every permanent certificated employee scheduled to be evaluated (Article 15.4 Evaluation Procedures; )
  • *    Procedures that must have been done or completed by April 15:
    • *                                        Evaluation Observations
    • *                                        Final Evaluation Conference

◦                                                         Signed Certificated Personnel Evaluation form (aka the same form utilized for observations)

◦                                                         Signed Certificated Evaluation Summary form (aka Administrator Observation form.  This is the same form that was signed during the Pre-Evaluation Conference.)

  • *    Disposition of evaluations that have taken place after April 15
  • *    Determine how many non-reelected members were not evaluated
  1. A.    Determine how many members received negative evaluations

                                               School Board Meeting
4.26.17
Lovonya DeJean Middle School
6:30 to 10:00 PM
For the Agenda please go HERE 

Thank you for all you do and let’s continue working together and organize! We are only as strong as our unity!

In Solidarity,

 Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates 4.9.17

Hello UTR members,

We hope that you had a great Spring Break, welcome back! Below is information about our big May 1st National Day of Action! To download the flyer please click HERE. We will be sending more information to everyone in the next few weeks but we hope that you start having conversation with your fellow staff members about how you will like your site to be involved. 

May 1st marks a big moment for our nation to stand up together for human rights, public education, and labor. Only united will we succeed.

We know there will be a lot of students absent on that day so we have asked the Superintendent to cancel any testing on that day.

UTR Updates 4.3.17

Dear UTR members,

I hope you are enjoying a very well deserved break! Below are some updates from UTR I hope you’re able to read while enjoying the nice weather. 

UTR Loan Forgiveness Training

We will be hosting a Loan Forgiveness training on April 13th at Kennedy High School. This training was rescheduled from February and we are very excited that is actually happening. For more information, sign up, and share the flyer please download HERE. 

MAY 1st UTR/CTA Day of Action

United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA and CTA among hundreds of locals in California and across the US will be hosting MAY1st Day of Action!

UTR leadership will be sending out more and more information in the next few weeks but here is the firs flyer that will be send to the community.

 Flyer HERE.

 WCCUSD School Board Meeting 

3.29.17
For the agenda please go HERE

There were many different issues discussed at the board meeting. To read the biggest items discussed please read below.

1. The Ed Fund and WCCUSD School Board recognized Third Grade Teacher Tiffany Okubo Chieudjui at Grant Elementary School, Dance Teacher Jessy Kronenberg at El Cerrito High School, Seventh Grade English Teacher Sarah La Due at Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, and Spanish Teacher Paula Raj at De Anza High School. Congratulations on your award and representing all WCCUSD educators!

2. During the initial hearing for Uplift Contra Costa Charter School, UTR President presented the following information to the WCCUSD School Board, to access the information please download HERE. School Board member Cuevas challenged Uplift and told them she would never support their charter. School Board member Phillips challenged them saying that none of the people present who wanted to school were actually from the district or lived close by. School Board member Kronenberg challenged their curriculum especially directed towards their adult ed. 

3. Wilson Elementary Schools Temporary move was discussed and the Board voted to approve the move for this summer to the old Portola site. Congratulations to Wilson!

 4. Associate Superintendent Sherri Gamba presented the 2nd interim report showing live numbers of WCCUSD budget. You may access the presentation and report in the agenda. 

Miscellaneous 

1. Like some of you may already be aware of, Associate Superintendent for Business Services Sherri Gamba is retiring this June. UTR, Local 1, Local 21, and WCCAA were invited to participate in the interview process for her replacement. Ms. Gamba’s replacement will be announced in the next month.

2. If you have not completed the google survey please do so by accessing the following link:
https://docs.google.com/a/wccusd.net/forms/d/1aLT691dBGxnaHk9DsKZZm4QFqGz8rHZZeQUrXoOKCwI/edit

 I hope that all of you have a wonderful spring break!

 In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates 3.27.17

The California Alliance for Community Schools

Coalition

For the last year, UTR leadership has been meeting with leaders from 7 of the largest unions in California to discuss current issues in education and how we as a collective may challenge policies that hurt our public schools. This coalition grew to including parents, community, and students to form our platform. As of last week the coalition now called “The California Alliance for Community Schools” was announced nationally in various news outlets.

You may access an article by Diane Ravitch HERE.
You may access the press release by the coalition HERE. 

As educators in large urban school districts across California, we face many of the same challenges. We are particularly concerned about disinvestment in schools and communities, especially those with the greatest needs; educational policies that discourage authentic teaching and learning; and the rapid expansion of privately managed and unregulated charter schools at the expense of our neighborhood schools.  We are committed to reversing these trends by fighting for well-resourced, community centered, publicly funded and democratically run schools and by opposing the DeVos/Trump privatization agenda.

Together, we are fighting for well-resourced, community centered, publicly funded and democratically run schools that prepare our students with the intellectual, social, and emotional skills necessary for success in a changing and often turbulent world.

The platform for the schools all our students deserve which the coalition and local unions will be demanding from our legislators are:

1. Low Class Sizes

2. Adequate Resources for all Schools with Additional Resources for our High Needs Schools and Students

3. Shared Decision-Making at Our Local Schools

4. Charter Schools Accountable to Our Communities

5. Safe and Supportive School Environments

To read more about the Platform please download HERE.
For our Mission Statement please download HERE.
To read more about the strategic priorities download HERE.

In the next few months UTR will be joining Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, San Bernardino, and Anaheim in organizing state wide to put pressure to our state to change policies, prioritize the budget for education, and pay attention to this platform.

First step is a petition that the coalition has created in support of these items. The petition will be going to all the sites on April 10th. We ask that everyone please signs it and returns it to your REP. REPs please send through district mail, bring them to the UTR office, or turn them in at the next REP Council. Our goal is that every site will have a 85% participation rate in the petition. Please support UTR by spreading the word about the petition and the platform.

On April 19th, we will be passing out flyers to families and parents before and after school. The flyer will be inviting them to our big May 1st event as well as proving them with information on the platform and our current bargaining efforts to increase salary for our educators in WCCUSD!

May 1st! This will be our BIG event. UTR is asking the district to make May 1st a minimum day. We will be sending information to every site about doing teach ins and discussing the labor movement with your students, doing a walk out at the end of the day as a staff, and coming to our district Townhall at DeJean Middle School. We are inviting the WCCUSD School Board, Superintendent Duffy, and cabinet to join us for a rally on our platform, salary increase proposal for all educators, and basic human rights that are being attacked nationally.

There will be more efforts in the next year around the platform but for now those three dates are the most important. Please be in the look out for more information from your rep, or UTR. If you would like to be more involved in these efforts please join our organizing community or human rights committee to help.

Organizing – Eric Swabeck – eswabeck@yahoo.com
Human Rights – Jacob Gran – jjgran14@gmail.com

 This is an incredible opportunity to create actual change in California. There hasn’t been such a powerful grassroots coalition created by unions, parents, organizations, and students since collective bargaining when unions came together to fight for the same cause. Right now is the time for all together to stand in solidarity for the schools our students and teachers deserve.  

 School Board Meeting

 Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Lovonya DeJean Middle School
For the agenda please click HERE

Some of the most important items on the agenda are:

1. WCCUSD and the ed fund will celebrate this years Ed Fund Teaching Excellence award winners. The names of this year’s awardees are: Third Grade Teacher Tiffany Okubo Chieudjui at Grant Elementary School, Dance Teacher Jessy Kronenberg at El Cerrito High School, Seventh Grade English Teacher Sarah La Due at Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, and Spanish Teacher Paula Raj at De Anza High School. Congratulations to these wonderful educators!

2. There will be the first hearing for “Uplift Contra Costa Charter School” who submitted a Charter Petition for a Kindergarten through twelfth grade and a Workforce Development Youth for ages 16 through 24. Uplift Charter proposes to open in the 2017-18 academic year with approximately 250 students in Kindergarten through sixth grade, and students spanning ages 16 through 24 years of age, and gradually expanding. On full enrollment in 2025-2026, the petitioners intend to serve 750 students. UTR STRONGLY opposes this charter. 

3. The WCCUSD School Board will be updated on the temporary move of Wilson Elementary School this summer. Wilson will be rebuilt during the 2017/18 school year and staff will provide updates on the plan.

4. The WCCUSD School Board will be voting on their decision about “Voices College-Bound Language Academies” who submitted a Charter Petition for a Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade school. Voices Schools propose to open in the 2018-2023 academic year with approximately 112 students in grades TK/Kindergarten and first grade using a Dual Immersion model. On full enrollment in 2025-2026, the petitioners intend to serve 504 students.

5. Associate Superintendent for Business Services, Sherri Gamba will be presenting the District’s Second Interim Report for 2016-17. This provides an update on the budget and the districts plan. Our bargaining team will be taking a look at these documents in the next few weeks. 

6. There will be a public hearing and adoption of the Joint Initial Bargaining Proposal from West Contra Costa Unified School District and West Contra Costa Administrators Association (WCCAA).

7. There will be a public hearing and adoption of the Initial Bargaining Proposal from West Contra Costa Unified School District to School Supervisors Association (SSA), IFPTE Local 21.

Assembly and Senate Bills of Support

Last week, the UTR Executive Board unanimously voted to support 4 bills that are currently in committees at the California legislation. 3 of the 4 bills have to do with charter accountability that CTA through the support of our coalition were able to revive at the capital. The 4 bills are:

SB 808
AB 1360
AB 1478
AB 43

You may access the letters of support HERE

I would like to wish you a great week, only 5 days until spring break

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Elections Update

Dear UTR member,

We apologize but there was an error in the Elections Report that was reported this morning. We apologize for the mistake. It has been fixed and this email shows the appropriate information. 

-UTR Elections 

Congratulations to all of those who participated in the recent UTR general election. A big thank you to all the candidates. The victorious candidates are listed below with number of votes:

Marissa Glidden, Vice President (incumbent): 305 votes
Diane Maddox, Secretary (incumbent): 294 votes
Mike Rossi, Treasurer (incumbent): 309 votes
Robert Gerson, Elementary Director (incumbent) 184 votes
John Irminger, Middle School Director (incumbent) 292 votes
John Ohlmann, High School Director (incumbent) 297 votes
Colleen Ballantine, Special Srvcs Director (incumbent)  291 votes
Mike Rossi, Area One Director (incumbent) 302 votes
Priya Sembi, Area Two Director (incumbent) 291 votes
Doug Marques, Area Three Director, (incumbent) 297 votes
Doug Marques, CTA State Council Rep 177 votes

Robert Ellis, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 226 votes, UTR funded for RA
Terri Jackson, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 221 votes, UTR funded for RA
Mike Rossi, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 209 votes, UTR funded for RA
Doug Marques, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 182 votes
Kristyn Jones, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 170 votes
Mary Flanagan, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 154 votes

Kudos to the elections committee for their commitment and support of the UTR membership. 

Warm Regards,

Diana Ortega,
UTR Elections Chair

For final results please click HERE.
For official Ballot and Tellers Report please click HERE.

UTR Updates 3.20.17

Dear UTR members,

 Two weeks left before Spring Break! Below are UTR updates and important information. If you know of anyone who does not get our newsletter please forward it to them or they may sign up by calling the UTR office or emailing staff@unitedteachersofrichmond.com

Upcoming UTR sponsored PDs

 We will be hosting a Loan Forgiveness training on April 13th at Helms Middle School. This training was rescheduled from February and we are very excited that is actually happening. For more information, sign up, and share the flyer please download HERE. 

We will be co-hosting the New Teacher Spring Gathering this coming Saturday, March 25th at Lovonya DeJean Middle School from 8:30 to 12:30. This training is very similar to the one hosted in the fall and will provide lots of information as well as professional development on classroom management, trauma support, tech PD, self-care and prioritizing, student engagement, and lesson planning. Anyone is welcomed and you may time card or use towards your 10 hours of self-directed professional development. For the flyer with more information please download HERE.

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UTR Elections
 

Congratulations to all of those who participated in the recent UTR general election. A big thank you to all the candidates. The victorious candidates are listed below with number of votes:

Marissa Glidden, Vice President (incumbent): 305 votes
Diane Maddox, Secretary (incumbent): 294 votes
Mike Rossi, Treasurer (incumbent): 309 votes
Robert Gerson, Elementary Director (incumbent) 184 votes
John Irminger, Middle School Director (incumbent) 292 votes
John Ohlmann, High School Director (incumbent) 297 votes
Colleen Ballantine, Special Srvcs Director (incumbent)  291 votes
Mike Rossi, Area One Director (incumbent) 302 votes
Priya Sembi, Area Two Director (incumbent) 291 votes
Doug Marques, Area Three Director, (incumbent) 297 votes
Doug Marques, CTA State Council Rep 177 votes

Robert Ellis, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 226 votes, UTR funded for RA
Terri Jackson, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 221 votes, UTR funded for RA
Mike Rossi, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 209 votes, UTR funded for RA
Doug Marques, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 182 votes
Kristyn Jones, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 170 votes
Mary Flanagan, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 154 votes

Kudos to the elections committee for their commitment and support of the UTR membership.

 Warm Regards,

Diana Ortega,
UTR Elections Chair

For final results please click HERE.
For official Ballot and Tellers Report please click HERE. 

School Board Meeting – Study Session

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
For the agenda please click HERE.

 There will be a District Budget Workshop that will be hosted by the West Contra Costa Unified School District, March 22nd at 6:00 PM in the DeJean Multi-Purpose Room during the study session. We encourage any members curious about the state of the budget from the districts perspective to please attend. 

Calendar

Drafts of the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 School Calendars were sent last week. Over 100 people have given their input, if you would like to as well please go to the link below:

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edxjhq2bj075v0mu/start

Historically the academic calendar gets negotiated in collaboration with all the unions in WCCUSD. The unions get input from their memberships and come to the table. This is separate from our bargaining negotiations.

 Draft 3 in the 2018-19 School Year reflects membership request to have a full week off during Thanksgiving; however, it extends the school year from June 5th to June 7th.  

MAY 1

UTR/CTA/AROS
(and a whole lot more)
DAY OF ACTION

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!
BE READY!
OUR BIG DAY OF ORGANIZING! 

Want to help plan?
Come to our next Organizing Meeting!
Email our organizing chair Eric Swabeck: eswabeck@yahoo.com 

Grant opportunity

The Contra Costa County School District is offering $500 dollar grants for teachers in K-12! The process is very simple. If you want more information please download the flyer HERE.

Contra Costa County Grant
Demetrio GonzalezIn solidarity,
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA 

UTR Candidate Forum – Videos

Dear UTR members,

We had our candidate forum on Wednesday. Below are the names of the candidates running for office and if you click on their names it will take you to the videos of their speech. Voting begins Monday, March 13th and goes through Friday, March 17th. 

Voting will take place online and a link with the ballot will be sent to the email we have on file for you. If you do NOT get the link to vote by Monday, March 13th at 3:00 PM please call the UTR office so that we may check your email on file. Any member who would prefer to vote by paper ballot may come to the UTR office and vote. 

UTR REPS will be getting flyers to pass to every member from UTR by Monday with the candidates statements. 

Candidates may campaign through March 12th. Past practice states that candidates may not campaign when voting has began. UTR members cannot campaign at district events, PDs, or site meetings. Candidates may not use the UTR logo or use UTR/district resources including district email.

Results will be announced March 18th on our Website. 

If you have any questions please email our UTR Elections Chair Diana Ortega or call the UTR office.

Position

Candidate 1

Candidate 2

Vice President

Marissa Glidden

Un-opposed

Secretary

Diane Maddox

Un-opposed

Treasurer

Mike Rossi

Un-opposed

Elementary Director

Robert Gerson

Mary Flannagan

Jr. High/Middle School Director

John Irminger

Un-opposed

Senior High Director

John Ohlman

Un-opposed

Special Services Director

Colleen Ballantine

Un-opposed

Area 1 Representative

Mike Rossi

Un-opposed

Area 2 Representative

Doug Marques

Un-opposed

Area 3 Representative

Priya Sembi

Un-opposed

CTA State Council Representative

Doug Marques

Kristyn Jones

NEA/RA Assembly

Robert Ellis

Mary Flanagan

Mike Rossi

Doug Marques

Terri Jackson

Kristyn Jones

Candidate Forum Tomorrow

Dear UTR members,

We are having our Candidate Forum tomorrow from 4:00 to 5:30 at Pinole Middle School. Candidates who are opposed will get two minutes for their speeches. Candidates who are unopposed will get 1 minute. All speeches will be recorded.

Position Candidate 1 Candidate 2
Vice President Marissa Glidden Un-opposed
Secretary Diane Maddox Un-opposed
Treasurer Mike Rossi Un-opposed
Elementary Director Robert Gerson Mary Flannagan
Jr. High/Middle School Director John Irminger Un-opposed
Senior High Director John Ohlman Un-opposed
Special Services Director Colleen Ballantine Un-opposed
Area 1 Representative Mike Rossi Un-opposed
Area 2 Representative Priya Sembi Un-opposed
Area 3 Representative Doug Marques Un-opposed
CTA State Council Representative Doug Marques Kristyn Jones

UTR Updates 3.6.17

Dear UTR members,

Happy March and Women’s History Month, as well as Arts Education Month! Below are updates about UTR Elections, the WCCUSD School Board Meeting from March 1st, Committees, and information. If you know of anyone who does not get the UTR updates please forward them this email or have them call the UTR office so we may add them to our contact information (510-222-5112).  Please WEAR RED on Wednesday in support of International Women’s Day. 

WCCUSD School Board Meeting
March 1st, 2017
Agenda HERE

1. The WCCUSD School Board passed a resolution to make March 1st Caesar Chavez day. They also passed a resolution to recognize March as Women’s History Month, as well as Arts Education Month. Thank you to the Board for making this recognition occur.

2. The Middle School English Textbook adoption was presented by members of the committee including UTR members, and the adoption was approved by the School Board. Thank you to all the educators and staff who were part of the adoption process.

 3. WCCAA (Administrators union) and SSA (Local 21) gave their initial bargaining proposal to the WCCUSD School Board. Both Unions will be opening Salary. The WCCUSD School District will be opening Calendar with both unions.

 4. An online Charter School placed a petition to open a charter in WCCUSD. We do not have the details yet but we will send them out as we find out more. We will fully oppose any online charter that comes to WCCUSD. Online charter schools have proven to have little success and become a beacon for corruption in this country. We will not allow online charters to come to Richmond, our kids deserve better.

 UTR Elections

Timeline is attached HERE.

All declarations of candidacy are in, deadline was Friday March 3rd.

Candidacy Forum is taking place this Wednesday, March 8th at Pinole Middle School from 4:00 to 5:30. Candidates will have a chance to give a 2 minute speech if the seat is contested, if the seat is not contested they will have 1 minute. All speeches will be video tapped and they’ll be available for everyone to watch at the UTR Website.

Voting starts March 13th and goes through March 17th. Voting is happening electronically. If you do NOT get an email with the voting information please call the UTR office. 

Deadline to request paper ballots for those who wish to vote by paper ballot is March 8th (we have extended the deadline from March 6th). If you would like a paper ballot you must call or email the UTR office by this date. Members may also vote through paper ballot at the office from March 13th through March 17th. All paper ballots must be turned into the UTR office by March 17th at 5:00 PM.

Candidates may campaign from March 4th through March 12th. Past practice states that candidates may not campaign when voting has began. UTR members cannot campaign at district events, PDs, or site meetings. Candidates may not use the UTR logo or use UTR/district resources including district email.

For questions or concerns please email our Elections Chair Diana Ortega at: ballenita.azul1@gmail.com

National Women Rights Day
March 8th, 2017

Our brothers and sisters in San Francisco and Oakland will be wearing RED on Wednesday to celebrate and show solidarity with the millions of people who will be gathering, marching, and striking on that day. We encourage all UTR members to WEAR RED on Wednesday and have conversation with your students and how Women Rights ARE Human Rights.

If you’re taking a personal day on Wednesday please make sure that you speak with your admin and staff to have a plan. 

UTR believes deeply that Women Rights ARE human rights. We stand in solidarity with anyone participating in the strike and stand with you.

If there are sites that are doing something on that day please forward us pictures so we can celebrate with you.

For more information please visit the Women’s March Website HERE.

If you attend any marches or events please send pictures to our Women’s Right Chair Alyssa Hoy at: ahoy126@gmail.com 

STRS Informational Session

March 22nd, 2017
March 23rd, 2017

The San Ramon Valley Education Association will be hosting two STRS informational sessions on March 22nd and March 23rd. 

STRS Retirement: This session will demystify the benefits of the CalSTRS retirement system. Information will be presented on the defined benefit (DB) plan (3 magic numbers), the defined benefit supplement (DBS) plan (hard cash in YOUR account), recent legislative changes, Medicare and Social Security will all be addressed. Questions will be answered.

For those interested please download the flyer HERE

 Spring New Teacher Gathering
March 25th, 8:30 to 12:30

Lovonya DeJean Middle School

Great event for any educator in WCCUSD interested! It is the second in the series to support our new members. Individuals may get compensated or use the day towards their 10 hours of self-directed professional development.

For the Flyer and to sign up please go HERE.

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Human Rights is meeting tomorrow Tuesday, March 7th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at the UTR office (700 Crestview Drive, Pinole).Committee meetings coming up!

Organizing is meeting on Thursday, March 9th, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at the UTR office. 

UTR Organizing Committee Needs You!

Did you know that most of our dues dollars goes to CTA/NEA? Therefore our local depends on member volunteers to get the work done. The organizing committee is looking for help to do the important work of organizing our members. This committee is critical for getting the compensation we deserve. Committee work is an excellent way to get involved and learn how our union functions. We meet once a month. The next meeting is March 9th at 4pm. Our union is as strong as we make it! Please consider helping us in this effort.

Contact Eric Swabeck, committee chair at 510 542 0519.

UTR Updates 2.27.17

Dear UTR members, 

Welcome back, we hope that you had a very restful Presidents week. Below are some updates and highlights about elections, PD, and from our REP Council Meeting from February 15th as well as from the WCCUSD Board Meeting that same night. If you know of anyone who does not get our updates please forward them this email and/or ask them to send us their personal email so that we may sign them up. 

Elections 

Declaration of Candidacy forms for the positions listed below are available for pick up from the UTR Office this week. The Deadline for declaration of candidacy is this Friday, March 3rd by 5:00PM. You can also download the forms from the UTR website: www.unitedteachersofrichmond.com. Open Executive Board positions are one-year terms, except for the CTA State Council Representative and Alternate, which are three-year terms.

Please note: 

1. Your electronic ballot will be sent to the email address on file in the CTA database. To change or verify your email address, please contact: membership@unitedteachersofrichmond.comprior March 16th

2. If your email is correct you will be getting an email from “Big Pulse” in order to vote. You may only vote once and it should not take longer than a few minutes.

2. For the position of Area Representative, you must run for the area in which you work. 

3. For the position of Special Services Director, you must be working in one of the Special Services Departments. 

4. UTR’s Representatives on the CTA State Council are voting members of the UTR Executive Board.

OPEN UTR POSITIONS
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Elementary Director
Jr. High/Middle School Director
Senior High Director
Special Services Director
Area 1 Representative
Area 2 Representative
Area 3 Representative
CTA State Council Representative (one position open, three-year term) 

 NEA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY:

 Local Delegates: UTR has been allocated nine Local Delegates. UTR will fund the three delegates receiving the highest number of votes. Delegates will represent UTR and CTA in determining NEA policy at the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly (RA), which will be held in Boston. The NEA Representative Assembly begins on June 30th, 2017 and ends July 5th, 2017.

 State Delegates: The voting window for the ALCOSTA election of State Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly is February 30 through March 10, 2017.Voting is electronic, though paper ballots and envelopes will be available in the UTR Office.

UTR Election Timeline you may download HERE or go to our website.

For further questions or concerns please email our Elections Chair Diana Ortega at: ballenita.azul1@gmail.com

 

Bill 610

To read the Bill please go HERE

This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)

For the informational video to share on social media please go HERE.

Job Share Fair

The Job Share Fair is taking place tomorrow Tuesday, February 28th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at the UTR office (700 Crestview Drive, Pinole).

If you know anyone that is currently sharing or would like to share a job for the 2017/18 school year, please encourage them to attend. At the meeting individuals can meet each other, talk to district staffs or UTR with questions, and/or informed themselves on the process. 

REP Council

February 15th, 2017

Your site REPS will be able to provide you with the information spoken about during our REP Council meeting at your 10 minute Site Meetings. Customarily these take place right after your staff meetings or when your staff has decided to have union meetings. 

Presidents Report: HERE

Executive Directors Report: HERE  

WCCUSD School Board Meeting

February 15th, 2017

Agenda: HERE 

1. VOICES Charter presented their petition to open a Dual Immersion TK-12 Charter School. The impact of VOICES by 2025 will be of approximately 550 students and $5,000,000 dollars from WCCUSD. District staff is reviewing the petition and the Board still needs to make a decision at a future date.

2. The WCCUSD School Board voted 5 to 0 to accept the petition for the renewal for  Richmond Charter Academy. The Board accepted an amendment that RCA will have to provide a report to the Board around 12 different points of concern including their disciplinary practices throughout the year. This is a step in the right direction to hold charter schools accountable; we hope that the Board will be able to keep charter schools like RCA accountable in the future.

 3. Caliber Beta Academy spoke about their need for a site in order to accommodate their students. Caliber Beta Academy has turned down the proposal by the board to continue at Kennedy High School. District staff now has to provide a counter offer to Caliber with options including: The Adams site, sharing a site with Lovonya DeJean Middle School, continuing at Kennedy High School, or an Adult School Campus.

4. Location for Mandarin School was approved to be located at Serra School. The Mandarin Dual Immersion School will be open for the 2017/18 School Year. 

UTR Professional Development

UTR is currently offering several opportunities for Professional Development for our members. We hope that everyone takes full advantage of them as we complete the 10 hours of self-directed professional development. 

1. We are continuing our Tech Professional Development opportunities with the wonderful Laurie Roberts. To sign up, read the descriptions of the PD’s, and dates please go to the WCCUSD website under Staff PD. Individuals may also choose to get paid for the hours if you have already completed your self-directed time. 

 

2. We are partnering with the Mindful Life Project to offer a fellowship program!

For the description and information please download the flyer HERE. The fellow counts for all 10 hours of self-directed professional development and its a great opportunity to learn about classroom management skills while getting some peace of mind in a wonderful fellowship.

 

3. Catholic Charities are offering a set of free PD’s for educators and community around restorative justice practices. If you are interested, you may download the flyer HERE. The PD’s are free and can count toward your self-directed hours, unfortunately this PD cannot be time carded. 

 

REPS 

1. If you have not already done so please send the contact information of your site members to the UTR office. 

2. REP Council for this coming month will be taking place March 8th, 4:00 to 5:30 PM at Pinole Middle School to facilitate the elections forum. People running for office will have a chance to say a few words. The meeting will have the forum and possible announcements afterwards. 

Thank you for all you do for our students and district. Please do not forget that UTR is there for you if you ever need anything. Please reach out to the UTR office at (510)222-5112 for questions or concerns. Special thanks to our Elections Chair for working so hard the last few weeks. 

UTR Updates 2.17.17

 Dear UTR members,

One day left until break! Please read below, we have information about UTR elections, the day without immigrants national event, and some Professional Development opportunities for everyone.

UTR Professional Development

UTR is currently offering several opportunities for Professional Development for our members. We hope that everyone takes full advantage of them as we complete the 10 hours of self-directed professional development. 

1. We are continuing our Tech Professional Development opportunities with the wonderful Laurie Roberts. To sign up, read the descriptions of the PD’s, and dates please go to the WCCUSD website under Staff PD. Individuals may also choose to get paid for the hours if you have already completed your self-directed time. 

2. We are partnering with the Mindful Life Project to offer a fellowship program! For the description and information please download the flyer HERE. The fellow counts for all 10 hours of self-directed professional development and its a great opportunity to learn about classroom management skills while getting some peace of mind in a wonderful fellowship.

3. Catholic Charities are offering a set of free PD’s for educators and community around restorative justice practices. If you are interested, you may download the flyer HERE. The PD’s are free and can count toward your self-directed hours, unfortunately this PD cannot be time carded. 

Elections

UTR Elections, Alcosta Service Council/NEA/Rep Assembly begin February 17th

UTR is having elections starting today, February 17th 2017. The positions that are open for this election are the following:

Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Area 1 Director
Area 2 Director
Area 3 Director
Elementary School Director
Middle School Director
High School Director
Special Services Director
1 CTA State Council Representative

 Declarations of Candidacy can be downloaded HERE. All declarations must be received in the UTR office, 700 Crestview Dr. Pinole, no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, March 3rd.

The elections timeline can be found HERE.

We will be using a Smart Voter system called “Big Pulse” to vote electronically. The system will be using your personal email to send you the ballot, you may use your smart phone or computer to vote. Big Pulse will be doing a trial email to everyone by March 10th. If you do not receive this email please call the office or email UTR staff so that it may be corrected.

If you would like to request a paper ballot the deadline to request paper ballots is March 6th. You may request a paper ballot by emailing membership@unitedteachersofrichmond.com or calling the UTR office at 510-222-5112.

A paper ballot will be mailed to your home address and it is your responsibility to bring to the UTR office. Members may also come and vote at the office. 

The election for the ALCOSTA Service Center Representative, and the NEA/RA assembly will also be at the same time as the UTR elections from March 1 through March 14th. Voting will be electronically.

We have three candidates from UTR running for NEA/RA Assembly. 

Robert Ellis

Demetrio Gonzalez

Terri Jackson

For any questions please email our elections chair Diana Ortega at: utrelections@gmail.com or membership@unitedteachersofrichmond.com

A Day Without Immigrants

As WCCUSD teachers we stand in Solidarity with those who participated in the Day Without Immigrants. 

We are worried and angry in the face of recent attacks on our immigrant students of all nationalities. Both the Muslim Ban and the recent escalation of deportations threatens the safety and stability of our students.

Many of us teach immigrant students or are immigrants and children of immigrants ourselves. This issue is both deeply personal and professional.

We support the actions being taken by parents, students, and workers across the United States. It is so important to use our collective power in these moments to challenge these escalating attacks.

There were hundreds of families that did not send their students to school and even though we advocate for students to be at school, we support the parents decision. According to attendance numbers some schools did not have between 80 to 200 students present. 

 Here are some of the pictures that were sent to UTR from WCCUSD Schools:

 Bayview Elementary School DeJean Middle School Dover Elementary Dover Elementary Lunch Lincoln Elementary School Lovonya DeJean Middle School Richmond High School

Dover Elementary School, Lovonya DeJean Middle School, Lincoln Elementary School, Dover Elementary School, Richmond High School, Bayview Elementary School, Dover Elementary School

I would like to wish everyone a relaxing President Week off. Thank you for all you do.

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA 

UTR Updates 2.13.17

Dear UTR members,

Happy Monday, we only have 5 days until Presidents week! There are a few updates that we would like to point out for this week.

Monday City Wide Rally

Today from 6:30 to 7:30 PM there will be a city wide solidarity Rally at Richmond City Hall in support of Immigrant and Muslim communities. The event is being hosted by a variety of community organizations including UTR.

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Agenda: HERE
School Board Meeting
February 15th
Lovonya DeJean Middle School

This Wednesday, February 15th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM we will be coming to the WCCUSD School Board to share our opposition on continuing the contract with Richmond Charter Academy. Richmond Charter Academy has had many negative allegations when it comes to their disciplinary practices, parent involvement, and teacher expectations. If you know of anyone that has been a victim of RCA in the past please encourage them to come and speak at the Board meeting. We hope that the WCCUSD school board will vote No or at least create a mechanism of accountability to hold this school accountable with their past actions.

That night VOICES Charter School is reading their petition to open a TK-12 Charter School in WCCUSD. Their Dual Immersion Charter will open next year and will have an impact of over 500 students and over 4 million dollars by 2022. The WCCUSD School Board is currently making an investment in Dual Immersion and we believe they should absolutely vote no and ask the families to join WCCUSD efforts increase Dual Immersion in our current schools.

For the flyer for that night please download HERE.

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REPS

1. We have a REP Council Meeting this Wednesday, February 15th from 4:00 to 5:30 at Pinole Middle School.

2. If you have not completed your site contact list please do so by our REP Council Meeting. Our goal is to have over 95% of our memberships contact information. This is to renew our system and so that everyone may vote online in our future UTR elections and tentative bargaining agreement.

Thank you everyone and I wish you a very relaxing and happy Presidents Week off. 

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA 

3 things to know – Board Meeting, Non-reelect, H.S. Schedule MOU’s

Dear UTR members,

There are three things you should be aware off that might impact you directly. 

1. We will be sending more information on Monday about why we are going to the next Board meeting on Wednesday, February 15th from 6:30 to 7:30. We will be sending you a flyer as well as information pertaining to the renewal of the contract between WCCUSD and Richmond Charter Academy. As mentioned before we are opposing the renewal of the contract. That night “Voices” is also presenting information about their dual immersion charter school petition as well as Caliber Beta Academy on their facilities request.

2. Attention Teachers Who Have Received a Non-Reelection Notice:

Teachers who have received a non-reelection notice from the WCCUSD should call the UTR office at 510-222-5112 as soon as possible to discuss options about what to do next.

3. High Schools should be having a discussion already around their schedules and possible MOU’s. The MOU guidelines as well as the voting guidelines for the schedules are attached HERE and HERE. Please review them as you revisit the schedules as a site. 

Thank you for all you do. Please forward to fellow staff members who don’t get our newsletters.

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA 

2016/17 ED Fund Teachers of the year!

Dear UTR Members,

The Ed Fund’s five 2017 Teaching Excellence Awardees were announced on Friday during surprise visits to the winners’ classrooms by administrators, colleagues, trustees, parents, and family members who presented them with banners and flowers in front of their students. Congratulations to Spanish Teacher Paula Raj at De Anza High School, Third Grade Teacher Tiffany Okubo Chieudjui at Grant Elementary, Dance Teacher Jessy Kronenberg at El Cerrito High School, and Seventh Grade English Teacher Sarah La Due at Korematsu Middle School.

You may read more about their well deserved recognition HERE and HERE.

Congratulations again to our 4 winners representing all of UTR and WCCUSD.

Jessy Kronenberg Paula Raj Sarah Ladou Tiffany Chieudjui

UTR Updates February 6th

Dear UTR members, 

Happy Monday and happy February, only 10 days left until Presidents Week! From January 27th through January 29th our wonderful State Council Members Doug Marques, Robert Ellis, Eric Swabeck, and Jacob Gran represented us in LA. Below are their reports, please read at your earliest convenience. 

Doug Marques

Eric Swabeck

January State Council Report – Jacob Gran

I would like to thank our State Council Representatives for doing an incredible job and speaking on UTR’s behalf. 

Reminders

1. The Loan Forgiveness Training was POSTPONED for April.

2. If you are a TTL, VAPA, academic subcommittee lead, or Department Chair and were not paid your full stipend due to missing the monthly district lead meetings please contact us as soon as possible. 

3. School Board Meeting – February 15th at Lovonya DeJean Middle School, UTR is speaking against the continuation of Richmond Charter Academy. We are opposing it due to its terrible disciplinary practices and harm to our children as well as to their educators. Please join us to unite against the approval of their contract that will keep them open until 2021. 

REPS

Reminder to please send updated contact lists to the UTR office at your earliest convenience. Sites/departments with 100% participation will get a prize from UTR!  

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates and News 2.2.17

Dear UTR member, 

First of all, I would like to thank everyone that came to the UTR Rally Yesterday. We had a great turn out and I really appreciated those who came and spoke to the School Board about LCAP and our Bargaining Re-opener. We had several community members and organizations there supporting us like the Richmond Progressive Alliance.

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I have some highlights and information about the last few days and our last rep council meeting, please read below.

School Board Meeting
February 1st, 2017

You may find the agenda of the meeting HERE. 

1. LCAP – Superintendent Duffy proposed to the WCCUSD School Board a set of priorities which align really well with UTR’s Priorities (You may find HERE). I would like to appreciate Superintendent Duffy for taking our input and feedback on the priorities presented. His top three priorities are; 1 Hiring more teachers in the secondary level in order to reduce class sizes; 2 Hiring more Assistant Principals (10) for our high need elementary schools; 3 Hiring more Counselors to support our students and educators in all levels. 

UTR presented on our priorities and commended the priorities of the district. The Board and superintendent Duffy really advocated for our educators to get the right support and tools to succeed last night. 

 2. The Board had a long discussion about Dual Immersion and the benefits/issues of adding Dual Immersion Mandarin. Some of the concerns were the displacement of Wilson. The Board expressed discontent by making the Wilson family wait on their facility therefore the Board decided to take the old Portola building off the table as an option for location so that the construction of Wilson may begin. The board instructed Superintendent Duffy to look for other options including the Serra Adult School building.

3. WCCUSD Staff presented on their 2017 bargaining proposal with UTR. The District has decided to open article 22 – Calendar.

4. President Gonzalez presented on UTR’s 2017 bargaining proposal with WCCUSD. UTR has decided to open article 23 – Salary. President Gonzalez presented on our current place in the Bay area when it comes to salary and benefits and an overall goal for why our educators should be paid more.

5. There was a resolution to adopt African American History Month.

6. There was a Resolution to Recognize Fred T. Korematsu Day.

REP Council Meeting
January 25th, 2017

REPS, please make sure you are doing your 10 minute Union Meetings to update our members.  

1. You may read the President’s Report HERE. President Gonzalez reported on the following items: UTR’s week of Action, District Benchmarks – opt out option, LCAP, High School Class Sizes, Involvement in committees, and Site Visits for elementary Schools.

2. You may read the Human Rights Report HERE. Human Rights committee is having their next meeting Tuesday, February 7th from 4:00 to 5:30 at the UTR office (700 Crestview Dr, Pinole).

3. Grievance Committee presented on the grievance process and encouraging everyone to please speak to their REP if there are any contractual issues. REPS are there to help.  You may find the Grievance Form HERE or in the UTR website. You may also reach out to the grievance committee for any questions to: grieve@unitedteachersofrichmond.com

4. Elections Committee reported on the elections challenge. The challenge was reviewed by the elections committee and a recommendation went to the Executive Board. The Executive Board reviewed the challenge and the recommendation and voted to unanimously not accept the challenge therefore the election is valid. The decision has been appealed to CTA.

5. Organizing! – REPS have to go back to the sites and get all UTR members updated information. It is incredibly important that we have updated personal information. Even if you have given your information to UTR in the past, we are updated our server. This is so that you may vote on the tentative agreement once negotiations end as well as in future UTR elections. PLEASE make sure you get everyone at your school to provide this information to your site REP. We have a goal of 95% of our members information will be obtained by end of February. REPS please send the information to the UTR office.

Future UTR Trainings

1. Legal Training – You may find the flyer HERE. February 2nd, 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Helms Middle School.

2. The Loan Forgiveness Training has been CANCELLED and will be rescheduled for April. We apologize for the last minute cancellation but our NEA presenters will not able to make it. 

3. UTR still has our technology trainings. They have been incredibly successful with over 40 people attending each time! You may find the dates and locations at the WCCUSD PD Calendar under “UTR Trainings”.

DeVos News

From NEA:

The final vote could happen as soon as Saturday, and every call counts. Your senator could cast the deciding vote to block DeVos.

Call now: 1-855-882-6229

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We only need one more Republican senator to commit to voting no on this completely unqualified nominee. And look at this:

Pick up the phone right now. 1-855-882-6229

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Trainings and Rally!

Hello UTR members,

There are two UTR trainings and an event that we would like to highlight! Both events are open to anyone from the community and are free. Both trainings count towards your 10 hours of self-directed professional development. 

1. UTR is hosting a “Legal Training” on February 2nd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Helms Middle School (Library) 2500 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA 94806. You may download the flyer HERE.

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2. UTR is hosting a “Loan Forgiveness training” on February 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Helms Middles School (Cafeteria) 2500 Rd 20, San Pablo, CA 94806. You may download the flyer HERE.Description: Session will support educators understand their legal rights in WCCUSD and in California. Session is led by one of our very talented CTA lawyers. 
 

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Description: Do you have student loans? Are you struggling to pay all your loans and your everyday bills with a teacher salary? Come to this training where NEA specialists will tell you about loan forgiveness programs, grants, and other options to reduce or eliminate your loans! 

We will be having a rally at the next Board Meeting occurring February 1st from 6:30 to 7:30 at DeJean Middle School.

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It is crucial that we have members come and represent UTR. We are speaking on three items and we would appreciate having people come and share their stories during public comment. You can also come with signs to support the speakers! The three items are:

                 1st item: Petition of renewal for Richmond Charter Academy. Richmond Charter Academy is a charter school in WCCUSD that has terrible disciplinary practices, parent rules about engaging students and being part of the site, and treat their teachers really poorly.  We are  FULLY opposing their renewal.

                 2nd item: Sunshine document. We are presenting our reopening article (article 23 – salary) to the School Board. Please come speak on why we should get an increase in salary this year! Your story is powerful. We NEED YOU to come and speak on your struggles, successes, and need.

                3rd item: LCAP priorities. The School Board will be looking at the priorities for the 2017/18 school year. We are providing UTR’s and educators priorities to the board that night. The priorities that we are presenting are: Lowering class sizes, increasing teacher pay, more assistant principals for elementary schools, more FTE’s and site allocations, increase in Counselors, and more grad tutors at sites. Please come and speak on one of the priorities and why they are important that through the LCAP they get funded. Are class sizes important to you? Without your voice and your story the school board doesn’t get our perspective. Please join us and spread the word.  

We will have UTR shirts for people who come, pizza, and signs!!! Please join us and bring 2-3 educators from your site!

Please wear UTR BLUE!!!

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA 

UTR’s week of action!

Dear UTR members,

Please find attached to this letter the calendar of activities that UTR is sponsoring and encouraging every member to be a part of for the week leading to the inauguration of President-Elect Trump. Every day as a union and West Contra Costa Educators we will be doing something different. In order to spread the word about tolerance, unity, and support of our public schools we need every single member to participate.

We encourage every site REP to hold a meeting January 13th so that staffs may discuss the events and organize. We encourage everyone to please watch the following short video that explains the calendar. If you have any questions please call our office or contact the Human Rights Committee at president@unitedteachersofrichmond.com 

Please watch the following video. It explains the calendar of activites.
https://youtu.be/JQbb6qMx3d0

It is so incredibly important that we join thousands of educators, families, community leaders, community organizations, politicians, and fellow unions around the country to demand from our President-Elect to be fair and just in his presidency.  We fully oppose his appointments to cabinet and we join CTA, NEA, and AFT in their views of such appointments. We value and honor public education and fully disagree and oppose the appointment of DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Thank you very much for your support and commitment to tolerance and peace. Big shoutout and thanks to the Human Rights committee for their work and commitment to this work.
 

In solidarity,

UTR Human Rights Committee
UTR Executive Board
UTR President

Human Rights Committee Meeting

Hello UTR Members,

 Please join us to share your ideas and have a great and powerful discussion. The Human Rights Committee will be hosting a meeting on January 10th from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at the UTR office (700 Crestview Dr, Pinole). The meeting will have two goals. First goal is to have a conversation around how UTR will be organizing and responding to the inauguration of President-elect Trump and the 20th of January (an event, a walk, a demonstration, etc) as well as the appointment of Secretary of education elect DeVoz. Second goal is to review the resolution that went to the WCCUSD Board called “Resolution in matter of reaffirming our Values of Peace, Tolerance, and Respect”.

In solidarity,

Alyssa Hoy, Jacob Gran, Doug Marques

UTR Women Rights, Human Rights, and LGBTQ Rights Committees 

UTR Updates 1.9.17

Dear UTR members,

Please excuse not having a 3 minute video this week with a summary of updates but we ran into tech difficulties. Below are UTR highlights, information from the Board Meeting, and resources from the community. 

UTR Highlights

1. Elementary School Site visits will be starting soon. Last semester the President and Executive Director visited the High Schools and Middle Schools. We will be visiting elementary schools to talk to staffs about bargaining, needs, and UTR information. We will start on the week of the 23rd of January with Mira Vista, Stewart and Korematsu.

2. Executive Board this week gave its directive to the Bargaining team. As mentioned before, our Re-opener will be article 23 (Salary). Bargaining is in the beginning stages of research. The Bargaining team is looking at the WCCUSD Budget in order to negotiate for an increase in Salary.  Thank you everyone who took the bargaining survey.

3. We will be collaborating with WCCUSD in sponsoring between 10 and 20 UTR members to go to the “Good Teaching Conference North” in San Jose from February 3th through 5th. The CTA Good Teaching Conferences support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers via peer-to-peer instruction. Offering a variety of diverse workshops focused on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field of education. For more information please go HERE. If you are interested in attending please fill out the form HERE. Attendees will be chosen by January 20th. All expenses for the conference will be paid by UTR and WCCUSD.

4. The Human Rights Committee will be hosting a meeting tomorrow January 10th from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at the UTR office (700 Crestview Dr, Pinole). The meeting will have two goals. First goal is to have a conversation around how UTR will be organizing and responding to the inauguration of President-elect Trump and the 20th of January (an event, a walk, a demonstration, etc) as well as the appointment of Secretary of education elect DeVoz. Second goal is to review the resolution that went to the WCCUSD Board called “Resolution in matter of reaffirming our Values of Peace, Tolerance, and Respect”.

5. A few members have had issues with their department chair stipends. If you had an issue that has not yet been resolved please respond to this email with details so we may support you. 

WCCUSD School Board Meeting
January 4th, 2017 

1.The WCCUSD Board approved the salary increase for Substitute Teachers from $117 dollars to $135 a day.

2. The Board approved an increase in Dual Immersion programs including Spanish and Mandarin.

3. Richmond Charter Academy did their renewal presentation to the board. Decision to the renewal is February 1st, 2017. We will be giving more information in a few weeks.

Resources

1. WCCUSD is hiring for a coordinator of recruitment and retention. If you or anyone you know are interested please go HERE for the application and details.

2. Travis Credit Union and Contra Costa College are holding their annual Cal Grant presentation on a different college campus and share information about the FAFSA, the Cal Grant and the importance of higher education with students who attend. They provide busing, lunches and resource folders/ backpacks.  If you are interested in taking students or sharing this information you may download the flyer HERE.

3. The RYSE Youth Center is hosting a meeting for all educators on Thursday, January 12th from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to plan in collaboration with RYSE, UTR, and the Mindful Life Project a series of actions for inauguration week. At the meeting RYSE will share updates on local and regional actions, discuss planning efforts in Richmond, and support educators with resources for the week. Flyer is HERE.

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez

President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

Welcome Back!

 

Dear UTR members,

From Executive Board and UTR staff I would like to wish you a very prosperous and happy 2017.

I am incredibly humbled that I have been able to serve as your union President for the last 6 months. We have been able to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time. We are seen in the community as a valuable organization and leaders in education. I hope that we’re able to continue building partnerships with the community, parents, and leaders so that we can challenge the status quo and accomplish positive things for kids and educators.

In the next few months we will be presented with a lot of challenges but I welcome them since I know this organization and its members are the most resilient people I have ever met and we will overcome them together. In the next few months we will see challenges from charter schools, bargaining, changes in education nation wide, and possible policy changes that might affect not just our union but our positions. As we move forward this semester I hope that all of you will continue to get involved with UTR since we are only as strong as our numbers. We will also see a lot of positives and we will also celebrate those wins together.

The WCCUSD School Board is having a board meeting this Wednesday, January 3rd from 6:30 to 10:00 PM at DeJean Middle School. You may find the agenda with details HERE.

Some of the highlights from the meeting will be:

1. The District will recognize the contributions of members of our school community who have passed away; Alice Romero, Tremayne Childs, Sara Hoda, and Travis Hough.

2.Richmond Charter Academy will be having a public hearing to renew their contract. At this board meeting the board will hear a presentation from District staff and RCA staff around their academics and performance. The WCCUSD will make a decision by the first February Board Meeting. UTR will be fully opposing their renewal due to their disciplinary practices, communication, budget transparency, and parent involvement.

3. There will be an audit presentation about Measure G from the 2015-16 school year.

4. The board will be reviewing a proposal to increase sub pay from $117 dollars a day to $135 a day and the long term rate from $160.00 per day to $175.00 per day.

5. Superintendent Duffy will make a presentation about Dual Immersion and the plan to increase it in WCCUSD. The plan will talk about the expansion of Spanish DI programs and the introduction of Mandarin in WCCUSD.

6. The Board will review Resolution No. 55-1617: CalPERS California Employers’ Retiree Benefit Trust Program (CERBT).

7. The Board will be approving the college readiness block grant that WCCUSD will be getting for the upcoming school year.  

I wish everyone a happy first week back to school.

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez

President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

Bargaining Survey

Hello UTR members,

Please click on the link below and complete the Bargaining survey. This will help with our re-opener this year. The window for the survey is from December 13th through January 3rd. 

Bargaining Survey

Thank you,

Lucy Giusto

Bargaining Chair, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates 12.12.16

Dear UTR members,

Happy last week of school, only 5 days left! I would like to give you some updates from the School Board meeting last week ,updates for this week, and UTR election results. If you would like to watch the 3 minute summary video please click on the link below.

I would like to sincerely thank you for all the work that you do day in and day out to help students, fellow members, and families. The work you do is shaping the future of our nation. We are creating the leaders of the future that one day will create a better world for everyone. I hope that during this winter break you are able to enjoy your family, friends, and time without work. It is so incredibly important to take care of ourselves. Teachers are the most selfless human beings and we work and work no matter what because we care so deeply, but please don’t forget that we always have to take a pause and just do some self healing and self care in order to move forward with that important work. Enjoy the time off and we will see you in January.

3 Minute Update video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE6_Fhm_v48&feature=youtu.be


1. Executive Board passed a resolution last Wednesday titled Resolution in Matter of Reaffirming our Values of Peace, Tolerance, and Respect. Big thanks to the Human Rights Co-chairs Alyssa Hoy and Jacob Gran for their work in supporting to write this resolution. This issue is incredibly important for the lives of our students and families in WCCUSD. As a Union we will continue to advocate and fight for the rights of teachers to have academic freedom, for students to be safe and feel safe in the places where they learn, and for families to not fear that they might never see their kids again if they drop them off at school. We will stand in solidarity with the community no matter what it takes, and we will not let hate prevail in our beautiful community.
Highlights
 

 

UTR Elections Results

Congratulations to Jacob Gran who was officially confirmed for the CTA rep council for the next two years with 466 votes. Term expires in 2018. Winner of the run-off election needed to obtain 408 votes to win the election out of the 814 total casted votes.

Jacob Gran: 466 Votes

Kristyn Jones: 282 Votes 

Thank you to the elections committee for spending over 5 hours on Friday counting ballots. We appreciate your commitment to supporting the membership.

Warm Regards,

Diana Ortega,
UTR Elections Chair

Tellers Report : run-off-final-tellers-report

School Board Meeting 12/07/16

For the agenda please go HERE.

1. Richmond High School teachers and students spoke about the problem of lack of certified and classified staff at their site. The WCCUSD Board and Staff assured them it would be solved later in the meeting.

2. This was the first Board meeting for newly elected Board members Mister Phillips and Tom Panas. Both board members had their swearing in ceremony at the beginning of the meeting.

3.During awards and celebrations, the board celebrated El Cerrito High Theater Technician, Kevin Little, and El Cerrito High Students who participate. Congratulations Kevin!

4. The board began discussion around their resolution No. 54-1617 in Support of Students who are Undocumented, Muslim or Persons of Color and their Families and Protocols for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Access to Schools. UTR presented their resolution that was approved by Executive board that same day. You may read the resolution above.

Among the speakers who read the resolution were myself, Marissa Glidden UTR VP, Alyssa Hoy UTR Human Rights Co-Chair, Jacob Gran UTR Human Rights Co-Chair, Rhem Bell ED, and members from the community. Among the many who stood with UTR were The Latina Center, First 5 Contra Costa, the Bayside Council of PTAs, West Contra Costa Parents Council, WCCAA, Adult School, Supervisor John Gioia, Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative, and the many other community organizations, unions, and leaders.

The board ended up adopting portions of our resolution and amending theirs in order to fit them. At the end the board approved the resolution with a 4 to 1 vote, Mister Phillips abstaining. I would like to thank Board members Kronenberg, Cuevas, and Panas, for support UTR’s resolution and amending their original resolution. I would also like to thank all the community organizations, administrators, teachers, and everyone who came and spoke in support. Overall we had over 50 individuals supporting us and standing alongside us reading the resolution.

4. The first interim Report was adopted and Associate Superintendent Business Services Sheri Gamba presented on the budget. 

Again, I would like to wish everyone a very happy winter break. 

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA 

UTR Resolution – Resolution in Matter of Reaffirming our Values of Peace, Tolerance, and Respect

UTR would like to thank everyone who stood in solidarity with us at last night’s Board meeting. UTR introduced a resolution to protect our families, students, and educators from President-Elect Trump’s comments and changes in government that he plans in creating. We would like to thank the The Latina Center, First 5 Contra Costa, the Bayside Council of PTAs, West Contra Costa Parents Council, WCCAA, Adult School, Supervisor John Gioia, Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative, and the many other community organizations, unions, and leaders that stood with us last night.
 
The board approved a resolution last night 4 to 1 with amendments from UTR’s resolution. We would like to thank Board members Kronenberg, Cuevas, Panas, and Block for your support.
 
This issue is incredibly important for the lives of our students and families in WCCUSD. As a Union we will continue to advocate and fight for the rights of teachers to have academic freedom, for students to be safe and feel safe in the places where they learn, and for families to not fear that they might never see their kids again if they drop them off at school. We will stand in solidarity with the community no matter what it takes, and we will not let hate prevail in our beautiful community.
 

To see our resolution please go utr-resolution

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Oakland Fires Update 12.6.16

 

Dear UTR members,
With deep sadness I am emailing you today. Today we lost two amazing educators from WCCUSD. Sara Hoda and Travis Hough died in the Oakland Fires on Friday. Sara was a teacher at Coronado Elementary School and one of our UTR REPS in 2015/16. Travis was a counselor in King Elementary and Montalvin Elementary. My condolences to everyone who knew them, and to all the families who are being affected by this terrible tragedy. I personally had met Sara various times and can say she was an incredible advocate, educator, and an amazing woman. Travis made a huge impact in the lives of kids and teachers and always cheered people with his smile.
For those who might need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. The school district has sent care teams to the affected schools but we offer many resources for people who might need them or for students. If you feel like you need some support today or this week please let your principal know.
I would like to leave you with this poem from Maya Angelou that says:

“When Great Trees Fall”

“When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.
Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.
And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.”

-Maya Angelou

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates 12.05.16 – REP Council

 

Hello UTR members,
10 work days left until winter break! Countdown begins.  I wanted to give you some of the highlights from our REP council meeting from November 30th. You may also watch the 5 minute summary video but I recommend still reading through the updates. Thank you for your work and support.

 

Highlights

1. The RYSE Youth Center came to give us a presentation about their findings from their research campaign around student trauma. UTR will be partnering with RYSE this year to do a study around the impact student trauma has on educators, how we support students with trauma, what else our members might need to support ourselves and our students, and how it affects our students. They have asked anyone who is interested in participating to please email Kanwarpal Dhaliwal at kanwarpal@rysecenter.org. The study will take the rest of the 2016/17 school year and we hope many of you will participate as it will help us measure what our members need and go through on a daily basis. Participants will be able to contribute through various ways like interviews, small group discussions, surveys, etc.

2. REP Council was given the Presidents report which you can see HERE. In it I speak about our weekly video communications, local election results, the teacher housing task force, our event with BBK around Education INC, UTR/WCCUSD Secondary Class Size Sub Committee, 2nd REP Training, New Teacher Support Event, and National Election Results Gathering with RYSE and Mindful Life.
3. REP Council was given the Executive Directors Report which you may see HERE. In the report our Executive Director talks about maternity and paternity leave and the new state mandate.
4. During Committee Reports we had the following:
Political Action Committee gave the final budget and celebrated all the wins we had in our local election (Passing of Measure T, Prop 55, Prop 58, Prop 52, and getting Mister Phillips elected). We also had a discussion about the loss of the County seat and how moving forward, UTR will be holding their own endorsement instead of CTA.
Elections Committee gave an update on the results of the CTA council seat race and spoke about the run-off process. Please see previous email and our website for more information.
Bargaining Committee talked about the beginning stages of the re-opener. Executive Board passed a motion that the one re-opener this year will be salary. The bargaining team will be sending an email with a survey for the membership. We ask that everyone tries their best to respond as soon as possible. Starting January, the bargaining Chair and the President will be giving live updates every other Monday from 4:00 to 5:00 PM online through blogging. People will be able to log in and chat with them directly and ask any question about bargaining. We will be sending the link with instructions for those interested. We will also be sending updates through reps and paper form.
     –Member Engagement Committee gave an update about a new Anti-harassment and inclusion campaign that UTR will be starting as of next week. Every UTR member will be getting a wristband with the message “No Place for Hate”. We encourage everyone to talk to your students about what the message means and we will be sending resources with the wristband for everyone. The reason we’re starting this campaign is due to the increase in hate crimes, bullying, and harassment we are seeing nation wide. In WCCUSD we just experienced the murder of William Sims who was well known in our community and loved by students in Kennedy High School. Thank you to Emily Santiago who came up with the idea. For a picture of the wristband please look below:

5. Executive Board will be creating a task force to review the UTR Standing Rules and BY Laws. This was started due to the fact that we don’t have consequences to the brake of UTR Code of Conduct but the task force will also review all rules and laws. If you would like to be part of this task force please let me know. The more the better.

6. This Wednesday we have a School Board Meeting. It is the first meeting with Board Members Phillips and Panas. You may find the agenda HEREUTR will be bringing a resolution to the board written by our Human Rights chairs Alyssa Hoy and Jacob Gran. The resolution is attached HERE. It will be reviewed and approved by Executive Board this Wednesday, if you have any feedback please email it to us. The WCCUSD School Board is also passing a resolution, which you can find on the agenda. Once ours is approved and we give it to the board, with both resolutions we hope that our students and teachers will feel a little bit safer in these times of turmoil and unknown.  The Board Meeting is at 6:30 PM at DeJean Middle School. Hope to see you there.
Thank you for all the work and support. Please do not forget to vote this week for the run-off election between Jacob Gran and Kristyn Jones.
In solidarity,
Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

 

UTR elections Update 12.1.16

Hello everyone,
Happy Friday! The run-off election voting starts Monday, December 5th and goes through Thursday, December 8th.
The elections chair and I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the voting instructions. I have attached a video below on how to vote during the run-off.
UTR Election instructions
UTR Election instructions

We had 79 illegal ballots that the elections committee found during the counting. Please make sure that you vote by following the instructions.

1. Sign into the roster
2. Grab your small envelop, large envelop, and ballot.
3. Vote in the ballot provided.
4. Place ballot inside small envelop.
5. Place sealed small envelop into large envelop.
6. Write your first and last name, sign, and write your site on the outside of the large envelop.
7. Give sealed large envelop to your rep.
8. Reps please bring all voting materials to the UTR office including all envelops AND signed Rosters by 5:00 on December 9th, 2016.

Run off election is between Jacob Gran and Kristyn Jones. If you would like to watch their forum videos please go to the links below.

Jacob Gran
Jacob Gran

Kristyn Jones
Kristyn Jones

If you have any questions please respond to this email or call the UTR office. To see the voting timeline please go HERE.

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

UTR Updates 11/29/16

Hello everyone,

We have gotten a lot of positive feedback about our new communication and weekly updates. To continue increasing our member outreach, I will be sending every monday a 3 minute video with information. I know many people don’t have time to read the emails so I hope this will help our busy schedules. The first video with updates is below:

UTR Updates 11.28.16
UTR Updates 11.28.16

Updates

1.  REP Council Meeting this Wednesday, November 30th from 4:00 to 5:30 at Pinole Middle School.

2. Bargaining has began and the bargaining team has been meeting to discuss next steps. We have one re-opener this year and Executive Board after reviewing the membership survey that went out this fall, passed a motion for the re-opener to be salary. The Bargaining team is currently reviewing the direction of executive board and will give their recommendation to the board as well as creating another survey that will be going out to membership.

The bargaining chair and the UTR President to increase communication through bargaining will be blogging live every other Monday from 4:00 to 5:00 PM so that members are able to ask questions, make suggestions, or comments about the process or about what is happening. The link and more information will be going out soon.

3. UTR Elections are still happening. Congratulations to Robert Ellis for winning his seat for CTA State Council with over 50% of the votes. The run-off for the second seat has began and will be between Jacob Gran and Kristyn Jones. Campaigning will continue until December 4th, 2016. Sites will be voting starting Monday, December 5th and will continue until Thursday, December 8th. All ballots and rosters must be turned into the UTR office by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 9th.

4. The RYSE Youth Center is doing a series of workshops called “Love and Rage”. A panel discussion of implications for Trump’s first 100 days and calls to action followed by round table discussions with panelists and participants towards an ongoing series of assemblies to identify needs and responses as his presidency continues. To sign up please go HERE.

5. We recommend that our members get really involved in their SSC process at their sites. SSC and your principal should be currently reviewing the 2017/2018 site budget. If you want to get more information please reach out to your SSC representatives or ask your principal for a copy of the budget.

6. President Elect Trump has picked his choice for Secretary of Education. You may look at the article HERE. He has chosen a well known Charter School Advocate Betsy DeVos. You may read the reaction by our NEA President Eskelsen García HERE.

UTR Election Results

Dear UTR members,
Congratulations to Robert Ellis who was officially confirmed for the CTA rep council for the next two years with 454 votes. Term expires in 2018.  The second CTA State council spot has resulted in a runoff between Jacob Gran and Kristyn Jones. This is due to a majority needed in order to win (50 % + 1). The results of the elections are below.
Meisha Gash: 145 Votes
Jacob Gran: 234 Votes
Kristyn Jones: 185 Votes
Voting for the runoff election will take place on December 5-9th.  For the election window timeline please refer to the link HERE. Also, please continue to adhere to the election committee guidelines and UTR’s past practice of withholding all campaigning during the voting week.
Thank you to the elections committee for spending over 4 hours on Friday counting ballots. We appreciate your commitment to supporting the membership.
Warm Regards,
Diana Ortega,
UTR Elections Chair

UTR Updates 11/21/16

Happy short week, only 2.5 days until a very well deserved break! Please excuse the long email but there are a some highlights from UTR as well as from the School Board meeting this week that I would like to make you aware of. I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving Break.

UTR Highlights

1. We had our second REP Council training on Thursday and it went really well. Thank you to all the REPS that came. UTR has not had REP trainings in a long time and we have been able to provide two so far. We plan on providing one final training in the spring.

2. This past Saturday we co-hosted the “New Teacher Gathering” for all our new members. The event was hosted by WCCUSD, UTR, TIP, TFA, and PAR. We were able to have very successful sessions on classroom management, Trauma informed practices, and self-care/prioritizing. We had approximately 80 members attend. The superintendent himself did a session on classroom management and members seemed to enjoy themselves very much. We plan on co-hosting a second one in the spring for anyone who would like to join us.

3. This coming Monday UTR, the RYSE Youth Center, and the Mindful Life Project are hosting an event to talk about the national election results. UTR members will have chance to talk about the needs and emotions of our students as well as have a session on how to turn the anger and sadness into actions. We will have free dinner and childcare. The event will take place at the RYSE Center (205 41st St, Richmond, CA 94805) from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. The time counts towards our 10 hours of self-directed professional development.
4. The elections committee met to count the ballots for our CTA State Council Positions on Friday. Thank you to the elections committee for meeting Friday for over 4 hours to count the ballots. Announcements will be printed, posted, and sent to the sites on November 22nd.
5. Next REP Council Meeting is November 30th at Pinole Middle School from 4:00 to 5:30.
Highlights from the School Board Meeting

1. Board Members Enos and Groves were celebrated for their time at the WCCUSD School Board and for their commitment to our community. This was their last school board meeting before Board member elect Mister Phillips and Tom Panas take over. UTR celebrated Board members Enos and Groves and wished them a very happy retirement. Board member Groves expressed his gratitude and love for our community and plans on continuing being involved and helping teachers and students. If anyone would like to email them to thank them for their time in the board you can email them at: randallenos@sbcglobal.net and toddagroves@gmail.com.
2. The WCCUSD School Board announced and voted on the “Teacher Housing Task Force” which was presented a few weeks ago as an idea from our President in order to explore housing opportunities for our members on District owned land. Assembly member Tony Thurman, a representative from Congressman Desaulnier’s office, Supervisor John Gioia, Superintendent Duffy, Board Member Cuevas, Board Member Kronenberg, and our UTR President will be sitting on the Task Force.
3. The WCCUSD School Board voted unanimously to let Richmond College Prep expand from a prek-6 school to prek-8 grade school. The District granted the RCP petition in 2005, and the school opened in 2006. In 2010, the board granted a renewal, and in 2015, a second renewal was granted until the year 2020. On Monday, September 19, 2016 the District received a Material Revision of the Richmond College Prep Charter. The petition states that the school wishes to expand from a Pre-K through 6th grade school, through the 7th and 8th grades. On Wednesday, November 2, 2016 the Board heard a presentation by the school leadership and staff, describing the program and plans for expansion.

4. WCCUSD Voted Unanimously to approve the agreement with the Adult Education Program Teachers/AB1200. Adult School has been in conversation and negotiations with WCCUSD for a few months in order to make this contract occur. We celebrate with our brothers and sisters from Adult School for your approval. Congratulations.

To see the School Board agenda or future agendas please go HERE

Once again, from your UTR leadership we wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving Break.

In Solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

Two Events coming up!

Hello UTR members,

There are two events coming up in the next week that UTR has been supporting to make happen. We hope to see you there.

National Election Results and Impact in WCCUSD

Join the RYSE Youth Center, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA, and Mindful Life Project to discuss how the national election results are affecting our students and educators in WCCUSD. We will discuss strategies to support our youth as well as needs and actions. We will have free dinner and child care. Please download the flyer HERE. Also to register go to: https://goo.gl/forms/Z35Eu4pxsVCOKkU32
Since its a UTR sponsored PD night it can count towards your 10 hours of self-directed professional development.

 

New Teacher Gathering

The new teacher gathering was created by various partners that provide support to our new members. It was created from a survey that went out to all 1st and 2nd year teachers in WCCUSD and what they said they needed in their current development. The event will take place this Saturday from 9:00 to 11:30 at DeJean Middle School. We will have sessions on classroom management, lesson planning, supporting students through trauma, unit planning, and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Members who attend may choose to get paid for the 2.5 hours or use them towards their self-directed professional development. Its directed towards new members but any member is welcome to attend! To download the flyer please go HERE. You may also register to the event on the district PD Calendar.

 

UTR Elections Update

Hello UTR Members,

We have an update on the UTR Elections. All elections are being monitored by CTA and everything has been reviewed and approved by the CTA governance committee and elections committee. If you have any questions please send them directly to the UTR Elections committee.

We have three candidates running for CTA State Council. The candidates are Meisha Gash, Jacob Gran, and Kristyn Jones. Yesterday we had our Candidate Forum at Richmond High School. We recorded the interviews and if you would like to watch the candidate statements please go below and click on each candidates name.

Meisha Gash

Jacob Gran

Kristyn Jones

Candidates will have until Sunday November 13th to campaign (no campaigning is allowed during voting). All sites will be voting starting Monday, November 14th through Thursday, November 17th. All ballots must be turned into the UTR office by 5:00 PM Friday, November 18th. The elections committee will be meeting Friday, November 18th to count ballots. All candidates and members will be notified of the results on November 22nd.

Best,

Diana Ortega
Chair, UTR Elections Committee

2016 Election Results

Dear UTR members,
I have come to learn that teaching is one of the hardest job anyone could ever do. We don’t just have to put our own feelings and emotions aside but we have to take care of those that need it most. We don’t do that because we have to, but because we want to or need to. Today, we all have students and kids hurting. Throughout WCCUSD many of our kids will go to school today scared that it might be their last day in this country. Many of our kids will go to school today scared that their parents will be sent back to their countries of origin. Many of our kids will go to school today tired because their families could not sleep the night before. Today a girl in your classroom might feel defeated and broken. The election results will have a traumatic experience on our students in WCCUSD. Sadly, the best thing we can do today is be there for them, talk to them about their experience, and listen. Hold them and tell them we love them, and that in moments of uncertainty and fear, we have to hope and believe we will have a brighter tomorrow. We can reassure them that this country was build in the backs of people who persevere and people who have gone through struggle.This country will not change because of one man. This country is not one man. This country is all of us. We stand together through times of struggle, that’s what makes us who we are and what this country is about. Remind all girls in your classrooms that today, we made history. Today, hold that sad student a little tighter and please do not forget to also take care of yourselves in your incredibly challenging roles, but remember that at times we are all they got.

For elementary teachers, you can find HERE a lesson for a restorative circle around the elections written by a teacher in WCCUSD. You may take it or leave it, but just a resource in speaking with students.
In brighter news, propositions 55, 58, and 52 passed in California! Thank you to everyone who spread the word and supported the movement to get them passed!
Congratulations to UTR endorsed candidate, Mister Phillips on winning one of the two seats for the West Contra Costa Unified School District! Thank you everyone who supported Mister Phillips and volunteered their time! Second seat was won by candidate Tom Panas.
Finally, Measure T was passed in WCCUSD! Congratulations to everyone! UTR had a big impact in passing this measure, which was incredibly important to support our members.  All polls were saying it would not pass and I was told many times it would not go through, but we pulled it together!

You can find local results HERE.

In Solidarity,
Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

One day left! GOTV Time!

Hello UTR Members,
Only one day left until voting. If you have not been able to volunteer please join us tonight at the UTR office. Its our last night of phone banking! We will be at 700 Crestview Drive from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM. We will have food, drinks, and prizes! Here is a message from Tony Goldwyn and NEA: HERE
If you would like to continue spreading the word please post on social media the CTA voter guide, link is: http://www.cta.yourvoter.guide/#/search

Please also come join us for our Election Night Watch Party! We will be at the RYSE Youth Center. We will have free food (taco truck), prizes, drinks, free child care, activities, and much more.
The Antioch Education Association is also asking for our support this Wednesday. Rocketship School is trying to open a charter in Antioch. On November 9th at 7:00 PM at Lone Tree Elementary School located at 1931 Mokelumne Drive the teachers union will be speaking against the petition by Rocketship. They are asking for our support whether in numbers or to come speak against the petition. They will have dinner and anti-rocketship t-shirts for any UTR member that comes.
UTR Elections

Last day to turn in your declaration form for the CTA State Council position is today by 5:00 PM. Any late submissions will not be accepted.

This Wednesday at 4:00 PM we will have a candidate forum at Richmond High School theater. Anyone who would like to hear from the candidates, why they are running and seeking the CTA State Council position are welcomed! We will be posting the videos on our website by Thursday, November 10th.

Candidates will be able to campaign from November 10th through November 13th. Voting at the sites will begin November 14th through November 18th and no campaigning may take place. All site Reps must return voting ballots by November 18th at the UTR office. The Elections committee will be counting the Ballots November 18th starting at 5:00 PM. Results will be posted and announced on November 22nd.
If you would like to see the timeline please go HERE. All timeline and materials have been approved by CTA Governance and Elections Committee.
Thank you everyone who has volunteered so far and for all the work that you do.
Best,
Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

Evaluation in a Nutshell

Evaluation is a process sanctioned by CA EdCode and the UTR/WCCUSD Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).  Bargaining Unit Members (BUMS) with permanent status are familiar with the evaluation process and available options for evaluation.  For temporary and probationary certificated employees, the process can seem daunting and at times confusing.  Article 15 aka Evaluation of the CBA provides the process for evaluation.  Two governing sections are provided.

  1. Every temporary and probationary certificated employee shall be evaluated by the administration in writing at least once each school year, no later than March 1.  (CBA Article 15.4.1)
  2. Every permanent certificated employee shall be evaluated by the administration in writing every other year of active duty, no later than April 15 of the year in which evaluation takes place, except as provided herein.  Permanent employees have 4 options for evaluation (Please refer to the UTR contract under “Teacher evaluation” – Appendix J for more details). Unit members with permanent status who have been employed at least 10 years with the school district, and are highly qualified as required by the state and federal law, and whose previous evaluation rated the employee as Proficient, Distinguished or Meets Standard shall be evaluated up to every five years if the unit member and current evaluator consent to this schedule.  The teacher or evaluator may withdraw his/her consent and return to the two-year cycle.  (CBA Article 15.4.2)

Additionally, there are timelines that must be followed.  For example, everyone identified to be evaluated should have met No later than the end of the 35th working day of the year in which evaluation is to take place, the evaluator and the permanent certificated employee with a Proficient, Distinguished or Meets Standard evaluation shall meet and discuss the Standards upon which evaluation is to be based.

These and other criteria for evaluation can be found in Article 15 of the CBA.

All members subject to evaluations in 2016/17 school year should have met by October 10th with their administrator evaluator to discuss the evaluation process. If this meeting did not take place then the evaluation process this school year may not take place. 

If you already had your meeting but have not established a timeline for being observed prior to your final evaluation please meet with your principal to do so. 

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your Site Representative, Area Director, or the UTR office.

 

3 days left!

Hello UTR members,
We only 3 more days of outreach left until Election Day! Please join us this weekend to get teacher friendly board members elected for the WCCUSD School Board and get Measure T passed!
We will be phone banking and canvassing from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM tomorrow from the UTR office. We will have donuts, coffee, prizes, and a great time! We will also phone bank and canvass on Sunday from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM from UTR.
Last day to phone bank will be Monday, November 7th from 3:30 to 7:00 PM!
Remember that if you join us to phone bank or canvass you will get a $20 dollar target gift card and you’ll be entered for our raffle to win one of our wonderful prizes: (3) Southwest vouchers worth $200 each, (1) Chrome book, (2) Tablets, and (5) cases of copy paper.
If you would like to spread the word in social media such as Facebook or email, here is something you can post:

This November 8th, West Contra Costa Educators are taking the following positions:

– YES on Measure T

– YES on Prop 55
– YES on Prop 58
– YES on Prop 52
– MISTER PHILLIPS and CARLOS TABOADA for WCCUSD School Board
– ELAINE MERRIWEATHER for Contra Costa County Board of Education
– KAMALA HARRIS for US Senate
– HILLARY CLINTON for President

I would like to leave you with a story. Today as I entered a school I heard a 1st grade student share with his teacher “I’m not excited for my weekend because the elections will end. There’s a chance Trump will win and my family and I will have to go back to Mexico and I don’t want to leave my friends”. The teacher at that point hugged him since he started crying and she shared with him that it would not happen.
The scary reality about this story is that we don’t actually know what will happen. We need to unite these last few days, reach out to family, friends, and volunteer in order to get thoughtful, culturally responsive, and intelligent candidates elected nationally and regionally. I hope to see you at the UTR office this weekend (700 Crestview Dr. Pinole CA). Thank you.
In solidarity,
Demetrio Gonzalez
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

11.02.16 – UTR elections Update

Dear UTR members,
We are having a UTR election for State Council. As mentioned in a previous email, if you would like to run for the position you may download the application here: state-council-declaration-of-candidacy and turn it into the UTR office (700 Crestview Dr. Pinole CA). You may also come and fill out the application at the UTR office directly. All applications must be in by 5:00 PM on November 7th (We have extended the deadline). For a copy of the timeline please download here: utr-elections-timeline. Please make sure you dont use Safari as a browser in order to download the form.
There is also a runoff election for the state council rep position. The run-off election is just for Robert Ellis from Washington Elementary School. The second candidate for the run-off has declined to run at this time so you will only see Robert’s name on the ballot.
If you are not interested in the above position, please consider volunteering for the elections committee. We need people to help count ballots during UTR runoffs and other UTR elections. You may respond to this email if you are interested in helping us or have any questions!
In Solidarity,
Diana Ortega
Chair Elections Committee