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April / May 2018

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Banning: Settlement After eight months of work by the Banning Teachers Association (BTA), a one-year settlement was reached with Banning Unified School Dis- trict. Organizing efforts leading to the agreement included meetings at school sites, rallying at school board meetings, and the filing of an unfair labor practice charge against the district for unautho- rized extension of the workday. While BTA has agreed to terms that include a small adjustment to their health benefits and a retroactive 2 percent pay increase starting in January, the unfair labor practice charge remains open and will be heard before a PERB administrative law judge Aug. 28. Raisin City: Board Balks at Agreement After months of grueling negotia- tions and mediation, the Raisin City Teachers Association finally signed a tentative agreement with Raisin City Elementary School District Jan. 24. Teachers ratified the deal within two days. But a few weeks later, the school board voted to accept only part of the agreement. If the board refuses to vote, the two sides will be certified to fact-finding and building again toward a potential strike. Rio Oso: Teachers Bargain First Contract Parents and staff flooded the Browns Elementary School District board meeting in March to speak up in support of their "wonderful teachers" who are bar- gaining their first contract. Superintendent Mike Scully and the board of trustees are targeting a leader of the newly formed Browns School District Teachers Association (BSDTA): Scully has recommended non-re-employment for bargaining chair Chico Pena. There are nine teachers serving 146 students in the one-school district in Rio Oso, Sutter County. BSDTA members and parents took to social media to share their student-centered agenda around attracting and retaining great teachers, which includes ensuring a safe and supportive place to learn and work. Find out more at Newly formed Browns School District Teachers Association. Back row, from left: Chico Pena, Laura Hansen, Pamela Jensen, Valerie Keylock, Danielle Larson; front row: Aimee Adams, Rebecca Wall, Eileen Van Assen, Kerrie Corbridge. Alameda: Anchors of the Community On March 19, Alameda Education Association (AEA) members marched to an emergency school board meeting on the 2018-19 school district budget. AEA has been pressuring the Alameda Unified School District superinten- dent and board through its #AEAnchors community campaign to make teacher salaries a top budgetary priority for next year. The campaign has made a significant impact on Alameda's parents, constituents and community since its "Anchors Away " kickoff event in November. Residents and businesses have shown their support of teachers by hanging AEA Anchor campaign logos on their homes, vehicles and shop windows. The logo reads "Alameda Educators Anchor, Anchor Educators in Alameda," and symbolizes the maritime culture of the island city, and also the heart of the campaign — attracting and retaining quality teachers. AEA members created this "revolving door" to illustrate their point about retaining quality teachers during their protest march to a school board meeting. 49 A P R I L / M AY 2 018

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