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San Ramon Valley teachers union votes to authorize strike if negotiations break down

District, SRVEA reps remain in mediation over new labor deal

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

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.

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Posted by John
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 12, 2020 at 6:51 am

Come on! Of course we want our teachers to be well paid but they are just getting greedy and it’s at the expense of our kids. All that $ for their raises and pensions are directly decreasing funds available for our students. The SRVUSD teachers have it SO good being in such a high performing district with dedicated parents that provide volunteer hours and donations. Appreciate what you have, look at the facts of our budget and stop with the strike threats! It’s not about the students! It’s not sustainable to keep giving into their demands. Plenty of other teachers would love to be in their spots.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 12, 2020 at 7:59 am

VOTE NO on Prop 13 - The money will only be diverted to Salaries and Pensions!!

The form of schools we have today are outdated and expensive to maintain.

SCHOOLS do not fit the foot print for Climate Change. Major wasters of energy and resources!!

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Posted by Parent and Voter
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2020 at 8:39 am

Calling teachers "greedy" is unfair for wanting to be compensated for teaching classrooms with over 30 children plus having numerous outside of the classroom activities, such as parent meetings, after school assistance, committees, and more.
If this career was so attractive then schools would not have such a tough time finding teachers and substitutes. If the district was really about the children then our classroom sizes would be reduced and we would focus on the basics instead of the "stuff" that our children are now given.
Meanwhile we have School Superintendents and others such as HR leadership who are well compensated while their record reveals lawsuits and endangerment of our children.
BTW I am NOT a teacher but I am a parent.

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Posted by John2006
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 12, 2020 at 11:08 pm

Enough TAXES, teachers need to get real, they barely work for 9 months for full year salaries and benefits. They also want to increase sales tax on top of the recent gas tax increase.
Of course the unions and Democrat party support all these tax increases.
Enoght is enoght, no more tax increases.

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Posted by Diane
a resident of Greenbrook Elementary School
on Feb 13, 2020 at 1:17 pm

@John2006, teachers are paid for 9 months of work, though actually work at least 10. Most teachers supplement their (low by most standards) salary with jobs over the summer months.

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