Labor negotiations between the San Ramon Valley Unified School District management and San Ramon Valley Education Association representatives escalated on Monday morning, with the announcement that the teachers union membership has authorized a strike should negotiations break down.
According to SRVEA president Ann Katzburg, union members authorized the strike with a 98.2% approval rating -- a 0.2% increase from 2018-19’s strike authorization -- allowing the elected SRVEA executive board to initiate a strike if an agreement between the groups can not be reached.
“(SRVEA) members are fully committed to winning the best for our students. The best support, the best class sizes and guaranteeing that all students have the best educators,” Katzburg said after the two-week long vote was finalized. “SRVEA members are laser-focused on what's best for our students and these results remind us of why our SRVEA activism is so essential to the well-being of all California’s students.”
On Monday, SRVEA and SRVUSD negotiators met for their third state-ordered mediation session in an effort to hash out an agreement before union leaders call for a strike.
“We are in mediation today with the San Ramon Valley Education Association. As always, we remain committed to negotiating a fair agreement with SRVEA which addresses the needs of our students and our educators while remaining fiscally responsible for the short and long term,” Christopher George, SRVUSD’s director of instructional services and district communications, told DanvilleSanRamon.com.
SRVEA will be holding two community town halls for residents to learn more about the process, with the first scheduled for Feb. 26 in the Dougherty Valley High School library and the second on March 12 at the San Ramon Valley High School library. Both events will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m.