California Educator

April/May 2020

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Bargaining Roundup Compiled by Julian Peeples #OurVoiceAtTheTable Rowland: Impasse, mediation Association of Rowland Educators and the Rowland Unified School District are at impasse and have begun sessions with a state mediator. ARE and the district have been bargaining since January 2019 with no agreement. ARE's bargaining proposals have focused on creating and support- ing safe and effective learning environments for students, and recruiting and retaining quality educators. Not only has the district failed to make offers that will help achieve those goals, its team has sought to undermine educator professional rights that were previously negotiated. "We're hopeful that the mediation gets the district to do the right thing for Rowland students and our community, and to realize what we're proposing is not only affordable for a district with such grossly large reserves, it's the right thing to do," says ARE President Shay Lohman. "Class sizes matter to our students and their parents, and school safety should be a priority for everyone." Educators, students and community members show support for Rowland educators. San Ramon Valley : Agreement staves off strike San Ramon Valley Education Association reached a tentative agreement with San Ramon Valley Unified School District in March that will improve learning and working conditions and help attract and retain the educators San Ramon Valley's students need. SRVEA members had voted in February to authorize a strike. "We are grateful for the hard work of our negotiations team while navigating through this arduous process, and for our members' tireless efforts in persevering on behalf of our students," says Ann Katzburg, SRVEA pres- ident. "Our students will have smaller class sizes, better support, and access to the services they deserve." SRVEA members' signs explain why they are ready and willing to go on strike if negotiations with the district fail. 37 A P R I L / M AY 2 0 2 0 A

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