Union draws lines in San Franicsco teacher contract talks

In its opening proposal for a new contract, the union that represents The City’s public school teachers condemned San Francisco Unified School District’s central administration as a “sprawling bureaucracy” that must be curtailed before the Board of Education balances the budget by laying off teachers.

“In the most recent contract … employees contributed a significant amount of their earnings to defray the burden of a deficit that they did not create,” United Educators of San Francisco said in a document that was submitted to the Board of Education on Tuesday. In the proposal, the union asked the board to “pay more than cynical lip service to its mission of eliminating achievement gaps and providing a world-class education for all its students.”

The union proposed that its members receive cost-of-living raises and increases in the district-paid portion of health care coverage. The teachers also asked for firm class-size maximums, professional development and guaranteed adequate supplies. They asked that “excessive testing” of students be eliminated and that their own evaluations not be based on students’ standardized test scores.

In its proposal to teachers, made public last month, the district cited tough economic times in asking for concessions, including a shorter work year and the suspension of salary schedule advancements.

The current contract expires June 30. Talks for the next three-year contract will be conducted this spring.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

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