Pay Fremont teachers a living wage
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District situation occurring RIGHT NOW that is harmfully impacting ALL FUSD STUDENTS + our education. Please read below.
The Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUTDA) has been embroiled in salary negotiations with the Fremont Unified School District since February of 2017. Both parties have yet to reach an agreement. Current salaries make it difficult for Fremont teachers to reside in the region, as cost of living in the Bay Area continues to increase rapidly. This situation creates a “revolving door” of teachers as new teachers come to the district, learn and develop their styles, then are priced out and forced to leave. This in itself is a harmful environment for students growing up within the school district.
As budget negotiations have seen little progress, the FUTDA has introduced a new negotiating tactic that all FUSD teachers are expected to adopt-- “Work to Rule.”
“Work to rule” is a negotiating tactic in which teachers do the bare minimum required by their employment contract, only working from the start of their first class until the school bell rings at the end of the day. A majority of teachers work many voluntary hours before and after school, as well as during lunch and non-weekday hours. With “work to rule,” teachers will cease from putting in these hours.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT STUDENTS:
Students benefit greatly from voluntary hours put in by dedicated teachers. With educators adhering to “work to rule,” students face numerous harmful consequences:
No letters of recommendation written (important for incoming seniors applying to college +
any students applying for summer programs and/or internships)
No teacher office hours/consultation hours/tutoring hours
No teachers serving as campus club advisors, inhibiting clubs from operating
Delayed grading of student work, making it difficult for students to track performance
What can we/you do about it:
Mobilize parents. Parents hold great leverage with district board officials, as they hold the votes that determine board seats in the midterm election years.
Advocate to the district. Parents and students should call, email, and write district board members expressing discontent with the current situation and calling for immediate solutions. Voice your concern for the quality of your/your student’s education.
Attend district board meetings. Speak, or simply wear red and attend as a show of support and solidarity. Upcoming board meetings are 6/6, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22, all hosted at the district office
Stay tuned for more info on activities to get involved in advocating for a solution to this situation!
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