Averting a possible lecturers’ strike, members of the San Diego Training Affiliation authorised a brand new contract with the San Diego Unified College District, the district introduced Monday.
Based on district officers, the contract is “historic” and features a 15% pay improve, six weeks of birthing mum or dad or maternity go away, and maintains totally paid household healthcare protection.
Different advantages embody an elevated variety of elementary counselors, safety of nursing companies, extra elementary enrichment lessons for college students, and a deal with particular training lecturers’ workload, district officers stated.
Members voted on the pact at district colleges and the union workplace in the course of the first week of June.
Extra counseling employees and assured nursing entry for college students are included within the contract “because the district continues to navigate post-pandemic instructional challenges,” officers stated.
“This new contract will assist us entice and retain among the greatest educators within the county whereas enhancing the companies we offer our college students,” Sarah Darr, a union chief and senior speech language pathologist, stated in a press release.
Superintendent Lamont Jackson stated the district and the union “reached this historic contract settlement due to respectful work and collaboration.”
“Our partnership with SDEA is constructed on respect, shared targets and a dedication to foster a studying atmosphere the place all lecturers and employees are supported so all college students can thrive,” Jackson stated.
Board President Sabrina Bazzo stated the settlement “honors the work and dedication of our lecturers and employees, whereas additionally permitting us to recruit and retain the perfect and brightest workers to San Diego Unified.
The San Diego Neighborhood Colleges Coalition — a bunch of fogeys and different group companions — participated within the bargaining effort, officers stated.
Officers added the contract “establishes a partnership between the district, mother and father, educators, college students, directors and faculty communities to find out what after-school programming ought to appear like at their colleges.”
The earlier union contract expired on June 30, 2022. Efficient till June 30, 2025, the brand new contract will enable restricted bargaining negotiations subsequent yr, officers stated.
The district’s Board of Training is scheduled vote on ratifying the contract at its common assembly on June 20.