Strike Update: Strike Continues Monday; SEIU 1021 Waiting for Counterproposals from District
Dolores Huerta, famed civil rights and labor leader, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, scheduled to speak in support of educators at rally Monday 11 am, Rosemount High School
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Monday, March 28
Contact: SEIU 1021 Jennie Smith-Camejo, (510) 710-0201, firstname.lastname@example.org
SCTA Jamie Horwitz, 202-549-4921 (cell), email@example.com
SACRAMENTO – A strike by 4,600 Sacramento teachers and other school workers, members of the Sacramento City Teachers Association and SEIU Local 1021, enters another school week. SCUSD’s schools will remain closed Monday, March 28.
After a full day of pushing Sacramento City Unified School District to provide counterproposals to address the District’s classified staffing crisis by retaining and recruiting workers to fill the 400 vacant classified positions, the SEIU 1021 bargaining team has requested that the District return to the table at 10am Monday morning.
SEIU 1021 represents classified staff such as instructional aides, nutrition service workers, school bus drivers, clerical staff, custodians, and maintenance. The staffing shortage has left instructional aides in charge of whole classrooms; children waiting for an hour or more at bus stops; inability to keep school buildings clean to the point of receiving Cal/OSHA violations; and more.
“We are eager to go back to work taking care of Sacramento City students. Right now, we are still waiting on the District to respond to our counterproposals,” said SEIU 1021 SCUSD Chapter President Karla Faucett. “ We have requested the District come to bargaining with us at 10am tomorrow, and we are ready to keep working until we have a fair deal that will help us retain and recruit the staff our students so desperately need.”
Talks between SCTA and SCUSD began at 1:30 p.m. and continued until late into the night Sunday and are expected to resume on Monday. While some progress was made, district negotiators have avoided addressing major issues such as competitive wages that would help to recruit new teachers to the district. The district also has not removed its demand that educators subscribing to traditional health plans pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket to maintain coverage.
Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna and Sacramento City Council member Katie Valenzuela participated in Sunday’s bargaining session. Both urged the district to accept the fact-finder’s report and SCTA’s proposals. The two elected leaders stated in writing that SCTA’s proposals “are reasonable, will help SCUSD address the staffing crisis, and will bring the strike closer to an end.”
On Monday, a rally in support of striking educators and school workers, featuring famed civil rights and labor leader, Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Rosemount High School, 9594 Kiefer Blvd., Sacramento.
SEIU Local 1021 represents nearly 60,000 employees in local governments, non-profit agencies, health care programs, and schools throughout Northern California, including seven private colleges and numerous community colleges. SEIU Local 1021 is a diverse, member-driven organization with members who work to make our cities, schools, colleges, counties, and special districts safe and healthy places to live and raise our families.