It is election time. Here is our 2016 Election timeline and details about the election.
Here is a link to a downloadable declaration of candidacy form:
Here you will find the Bargaining Update from 1/9/2016.
Here you will find the completed Completed January TA with Cover page and Salary Schedules.
Articles not included have no changes.
Voting will be at your sites next week, January 11-15th. You can also stop by the UTR office during business hours and vote. All ballots are due to the UTR office by 5 P.M. on Friday, January 15th.
There will be a TA Q and A Wednesday, January 13th @ 4:15. It will be held in the Richmond High Little Theater.
Here is the latest Bargaining Update 12.17.15.
Hey everyone! Here is our latest: Bargaining Update 12.10.15
Here are the downloadable proposals:
UTR Proposals (Not Tentative Agreements)
WCCUSD Counter Proposal (Signed)
You can find the most recent Bargaining Update here: Bargaining Update 11.25.15
You can find the full-length latest proposal from the district here:
Don’t forget to come to the December 9th School Board Rally @ DeJean (5:30).
Attention all UTR members! There will be a rally before the December 9th School Board Meeting to support UTR negotiations. Bring the teacher next door. Bring parents and students! We will be assembling before the meeting, 5:30 at DeJean Middle School. There will be materials available for making posters. Then stay for the 6:30 School Board Meeting. You can sign up for public comment or just wear green and show up for support.
See you on December 9th!!!
The Bargaining Team has met with the district twice in the last week. Once on Saturday! Below are the Bargaining Updates from those two meetings, as well as links to the full proposals. We will be back at the table in the next couple of weeks.
Joanna Sykes was a teacher at Sheldon Elementary School for almost forty years, then volunteered at Sheldon for an additional 15 years before her passing. Her love for students, passion for learning, and hope for great student achievement exemplifies the purpose of this award: to help, support, and honor WCCUSD teachers’ enduring passion for their profession and their students.
On behalf of the 580 retired educators in Division 58, we reach out to WCCUSD teachers and hope you will spend a few moments to apply for this award that will benefit your classroom, your students, and your community. Follow the links below to find out more and apply!
Here is a link to the 2015-2016 Evaluation Handbook:
There is money to be had. Through the CTA website you can learn about different scholarships available like the GLBT “Guy DeRosa” Safety in Schools Grant and Scholarship Program and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Check out all available scholarships at CTA.org:
The Executive Board has decided that it is best to move forward with bargaining with a new Bargaining Team. While we are very appreciative of all of the hard work our initial team did, we also look forward to what is yet to come. Below is our new Bargaining Team:
|1. Mike Johnston (Ellerhorst)|
|2. Michelle Hart (Kennedy)|
|3. Lashante Smith (DeJean)|
|4. Nyla DeLong (Math Coach)|
|5 Gissell Medina (Washington)|
|6. Wendy Phillips (Madera)|
|7. Lucy Giusto (Hercules Middle) **Chair**|
The votes are in and have been counted by the Election Committee. Here are the results:
Total Number of Votes: 1,134
Total Number of Yes Votes: 448
Total Number of No Votes: 686
The Tentative Agreement was not ratified. Back to the table.
Thanks for your participation!
*The Election Committee:
Debbie Willis (chair)
*Madison Crocker, Jane Magid, Laura Bohigas, and Diane Brown are on the Election Committee, but were unable to attend the count. This did not impact the quorum needed to count the ballots.
Thanks for your participation!
*The Election Committee:
Click here for a downloadable Tentative Agreements 2015-18 (1)
Voting will be at your sites next week. Ballots are due to the UTR office by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 14.
The following schools have been slated to go to full day kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.
At Rep. Council last week, we decided to support a local coalition called Raise Up Richmond. They are having a Community Rally to renew their call for UC Berkeley to negotiate and sign a Community Benefits Agreement with the City and the Community for the proposed Berkeley Global Campus (to be located in Richmond) that guarantees good jobs, expanded training opportunities, opportunities for small business, and protections against housing displacement for local residents.
The rally is next Thursday, June 4th, 5 p.m. @ Richmond City Hall.
To find out more, check them out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/raiseuprichmond
Power Hour Rally tomorrow, 5/26, from 4-5 pm. Show up to district office, 1108 Bissell Ave., Richmond, and show support for the Bargaining Team. There will be poster board available on site. Wear Green! Check out below for media coverage of our rally last Friday. Thanks KPFA!
Click here for the most recent UTR Bargaining Alert:
Help support CTA in efforts to elect Susan Bonilla to State Senate District 7. Click the link below for information on how you can help phone bank.
There will be a run-off election to determine CTA State Council Delegate. The election will be hosted by the same vendor that did our recent elections. You will be sent an e-mail with a link containing your ballot. If you do not get this e-mail, contact Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) and give her the correct email address. The run-off candidates are:
Diane Brown and Amalia Ojeda
Voting will be from April 13-17. You may also vote with a paper ballot by visiting our office between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. Thank you for your participation.
Click below to find out more information.
United Teachers of Richmond, CTA/NEA
* There will be a run-off election between these two candidates. Of 288 votes, 145 were needed for a majority. Since no candidate received that number or more, CTA requires that a run-off election will be held between the two candidates with the highest votes.
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If you have not taken advantage yet of The Standard’s open enrollment, your time is running out! You have until March 31 to sign up!
UTR elections are underway. This year, the ballot is being sent to your email. So check your Inbox, Junk, and Spam folders to see if you have received the ballot. If you have not, call the UTR office or email email@example.com and let Rebecca know you need it to be sent to you. Don’t forget to give her your email address.
You can also come up to the UTR office and cast a paper ballot. Voting ends March 18 @ 5:00.
Town hall meetings are a great opportunity for teachers to engage in the decisions that impact our students and schools.
The purpose of these meetings is to let district staff listen to the concerns and suggestions of all stakeholders regarding the development of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Please attend one of these meetings and let your voice be heard.
We have made some changes to our website we thought we would share with you! Firstly, we have added a Grievance tab from which you can download a grievance form. We have also added an Organizing tab that we will use to update you about organizing events. It is important that as we enter into bargaining, we organize and be ready to rally.
Last night, the school board voted unanimously to pass an Memorandum of Understanding that would put money that would be spent on healthcare benefits back into our members’ pockets. Click the link below to read more.
The Rep Council will meet from 4 – 5:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Hall of Richmond, on 968 23rd Street, in Richmond.
The remaining dates are:
RICHMOND Students promised full ride to college
Chevron program guarantees tuition for public school grads
By Rick Radin
RICHMOND — City leaders, school officials and students are celebrating a $35 million, 10year program that will guarantee that every Richmond public school student who graduates from high school will receive full tuition to attend college.
The program is part of a package of $90 million in community grants from Chevron Corp. as part of its recent agreement with the city on the terms of a $1 billion upgrade to its Richmond oil refinery.
The program’s objectives go beyond paying for college to transforming Richmond students’ visions of their futures, said Councilman Jim Rogers at a news conference to announce the program Thursday on the Kennedy High School campus.
“This is not just about giving checks to kids; it’s about getting kids to want to go to college,” Rogers said.
The money will also be an incentive and morale booster for Richmond teachers, said West Contra Costa school district board member Randy Enos.
“Teachers do better when they understand that what they’re doing means something,” said Enos, a retired district teacher and administrator.
The program, known as Richmond Promise, was the idea of first-term Councilman Jael Myrick and is based on similar promise programs in other cities nationwide.
Councilman Tom Butt cited the results of a $50 million program in Arkansas, El Dorado Promise, which was funded by a local oil company.
Butt said that before El Dorado Promise began, the city of El Dorado was losing jobs and population, and the number of high school graduates going on to college was about the state average of 53 percent.
Seven years later, things have turned around. The population of El Dorado is increasing, and about 90 percent of graduating seniors are attending college, Butt said.
See RICHMOND, Page 3
“Our smartest students won’t need this because they get a boatload of (scholarship) money anyway. But this can raise the expectations of someone who might have been a C student to become an A or B student.”
— TomButt, Richmond councilman
I want to thank the bargaining team who gave endless hours to reach the Tentative Agreement.
Diane Brown, President UTR, CTA/NEA
New updates will be coming soon!
The Tentative Agreement between UTR and WCCUSD was ratified:
We will resume negotiations for the sucessor contract on or about October 15, 2012.
Dairy Council offers nutrition education curriculum elementary, middle and high school teachers. The K-12 curriculums easily integrate into the classroom. Each curriculum includes six to ten turnkey lessons which allow students to build lifelong health skills. Materials are free for California teachers and reasonably priced for those outside of the state.
Beyond our curriculum, explore the variety of school tools we offer for health promotion and additional support of your wellness efforts. Connect with your local Territory Manager – Valerie Fung-A-Ling (firstname.lastname@example.org), who can help implement some of your school wellness goals.
These curriculums, brought to you by Dairy Council of California, align with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Come join us at 44 Sports Lounge in Hercules on February 3rd from 3-6. Super Bowl fun, drinks, food and good company. Click the link below to view a flyer for more details.
Last week both UTR and WCCUSD released their initial contract proposals. Below you will find links to each. They were split into parts due to uploading issues. Please take time to become familiar with both. The UTR bargaining team listened carefully to your input when creating the proposal. It is a conceptual proposal which means the language is broad to allow for negotiations. Unopened articles are not listed. Questions and comments can be sent to email@example.com.UTR Proposal 1 UTR Proposal 2 UTR Proposal 3 WCCUSD Proposal 1 WCCUSD Proposal 2
Listed below are the newly revised monthly calculations of members’ out-of-pocket share(if any) for benefits effective January 1, 2012. UTR was able to obtain a higher District Contribution level for each tier, through District cooperation and by insisting upon the latest data on benefit costs, after open enrollment. This lowered our members’ monthly cost. We will continue addressing increasing the District’s contribution for health care costs. (see table below)
West Contra Costa USD’s maximum contribution for health benefits will be implemented on January 1, 2012, per below:
Single Plan: $610.44
Employee Plus One: $957.00
Employee Plus Dependents: $1237.00
As soon as the monthly calculations for employee share amounts are finalized by the district, we will be able to tell you what those costs will be.