Four years ago, school security aides in San Francisco gave up an hour from their eight-hour day when their supervisor told a roomful of the workers it would save the jobs of two young women. The hours were to be restored in two years.
Along with the hour-a-day layoff, the safety workers — known as “T-10s” for their job designation — also endured five furlough days per year.
“We cover each other’s back,” said A.J. Frazier, a T-10 and sergeant-at-arms for United Educators of San Francisco. “We did our part so younger workers could retain their jobs, on the grounds that we would eventually get that hour back.”
Between the furloughs and the seven-hour workday, T-10s took a 14 percent hit in the wallet. Frazier felt the $500 loss every month. “At the time I had just married a woman with four children and we bought a home. It was very hard to make the mortgage payments. We survived as a family, but we sacrificed a lot.”
In current negotiations, UESF has proposed the return of the lost hour and other moves to regain lost economic ground.
“This was supposed to be for two years and it has gone on for four,” said local President Dennis Kelly. “The district lied to these workers. It’s time to give back the hour.”
L.A. County closes Kedren Head Start
After months of mobilizing staff, parents and community allies from Watts and Koreatown to East Los Angeles, Early Childhood Federation President Ruben Siguenza recently sent supporters some bad news. “I regret to inform you that our fight is over,” Siguenza wrote in an April 18 email. “We have lost Kedren Head Start."
The fight to save the early education program drew broad support. In March, Rep. Maxine Waters called on the U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. to investigate the Los Angeles County Office of Education for forcing Kedren CEO John Griffin to relinquish the 49-year-old agency’s Head Start contracts.
“We put up a great fight against the county office,” Siguenza said, “something the Head Start field never saw before.”
More local action from around the state
AFT College Staff Guild– Los Angeles has launched a new mobile app for the local.
Aromas-San Juan Federation of Classified Employees negotiated a 3 percent raise and 1 percent off-schedule, plus lowered health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
Gilroy Federation paraprofessionals will see a 4.5 percent salary increase and 1 percent off-schedule, as well as a reclassification study to compare the pay in surrounding districts.
Weaver Federation of Educational Employees negotiated a 6.5 percent raise for all workers and an additional 1 percent for some.
Three reasons to attend the Classified Conference: December 5–7 • Irvine Marriott
One, there will be learning and networking opportunities with workshops, a panel of lawyers, speakers and other empowerment tools.
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Three, it’s a lot of fun!
>Learn more about the conference and register online. The registration fee is $100 for one attendee, $75 each for two, and $50 each for three or more attendees.