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April/May 2020

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Healdsburg: Members authorize strike Healdsburg Area Teachers Asso- ciation members voted by over 90 percent to authorize a strike if Healdsburg Unified School District refuses to provide the resources students deserve, including recruit- ing and retaining quality teachers. By their vote, HATA members made clear they want resources spent in Healdsburg classrooms — not on consultants, attorneys and bloated district management. HATA teachers previously made concessions on salary and other issues, but recently discovered HUSD managers have for years been under- estimating HUSD income by millions of dollars each year, choosing not to put funds into classrooms and stu- dent supports as intended. Says HATA President Ever Flores, "While we all remain hopeful that we can avoid a strike and our team remains ready and eager to reach a fair, student-centered settlement, it's going to take a real change in direc- tion by management to help make an agreement happen." Turlock: Winning the classrooms their students deserve Turlock Teachers Association members won increased resources for the schools Turlock students deserve in their recent contract agreement. The new contract includes a 2.1 percent pay increase to attract and retain qualified educators, as well as contract language improvements. TTA leaders are pleased with the agreement but say there are still important outstanding issues. "We still have a lot of work to do," says TTA President Christine Rowell. "Class size remains a primary concern for teachers, who do not feel they can adequately address students' academic, social and emotional needs without additional support. Teachers are still not making a fair wage when working overtime or attending district-provided workshops and committees. Many students in Turlock are two or more grade levels below standard, and these gaps only increase each year without strate- gic interventions and instruction." Turlock Teachers Association members wear #RedForEd as they take steps to win better resources for their students. Gateway TA members in Redding have opened the gateway to a new contract. Gateway: Teachers win pay increase, improvements Gateway Teachers Association agreed to a new contract with Gateway Unified School District in Redding that will help attract and retain the best educators for Gateway students. Among the contract language improvements are a 3 percent salary increase and stipends for music, physical education and special day class teachers when class size caps are exceeded. Gabriella Landeros, Ed Sibby and Frank Wells contributed to this report. 38 Advocacy

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