United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

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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.


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