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April / May 2019

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Sacramento: Fed up with deception Frustrated and fed up with the continued deceit, disrespect and outright violation of their contract, the Sacramento City Teachers Association voted to authorize a strike if Sacramento City Unified School Dis- trict does not cease its unlawful behavior. With 70 percent of members voting, 92 percent approved direct action. At press time, SCTA had set a one-day strike in mid-April. "For educators, a strike should be a last resort," said SCTA President David Fisher. "But just when we think the district's unlawful conduct couldn't get any worse, they hit a new low. Our students deserve better. Our teachers deserve better." Madera: Members reach TA, plan for successor Madera Unified Teachers Association organized and mobilized early this year, leading to a tentative agreement in early April. MUTA's 1,100 members showed they were unified in their demand for the resources needed to recruit and retain the quality educators Madera students deserve, which gave them power at the bargaining table. The one-year deal includes a 2% on-schedule raise and no change to health benefits (ratification voting was taking place at press time). MUTA members are already building on their success and plan- ning for a major successor contract campaign. Santa Rosa: Big wins at the bargaining table Santa Rosa Teachers Association won class- size caps, professional development days and across-the-board pay increases, among many other improvements when it reached an agree- ment in late March. SRTA built power and organized around improv- ing student learning conditions, and it paid off with wins in a number of crucial areas, including staffing levels for Newcomer students and caseload limits for special educators. 49 A P R I L / M AY 2 019

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