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School board to weigh deal with teachers union

Original post made on Mar 23, 2015

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to consider giving approval Tuesday to a tentative agreement with the local teachers union, calling for an ongoing salary increase and a one-time monetary payment this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 23, 2015, 5:41 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Darrell
a resident of Danville
on Mar 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm

It's about time, but a 2% raise is a slap in the face, what an insult. Keep working hard teachers!!!!!

Posted by economistbyday
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 24, 2015 at 12:35 am

This deal is rotten for SRUVSD teachers. The district has not kept up with the cost of living. In addition, the heath care bennifits keep on getting more expensive. COLA from 2008 to 2015 is roughly 10%. When was the last time these folks got a fair raise?

The reality is the deal is a net loss for teachers, when considering the entire package.

The district loves to offer retro pay and tiny increases,all the while renegotiating healthcare benefits, reducing overall expenditures. So if you are a fan of the district cutting costs and playing a shell game with vapor pay increases, you will love this deal. On the other hand, a garbage man makes more and usually has better benefits. What does that say about our system. This is a wealthy community, we can and should do better.

The school board and superintendents need to focus on reducing legal costs too. With all the scandal going on, this reader bets that would make a big dent in cost cutting.

Everyone loves to take shots at the teacher's union, but in reality, they are the most inept negotiators of all major unions.

If we truely want better schools, pay these people fairly. It takes a lifetime of teaching to make a decent wage in the current system. It's no wonder they hold on to tenure.

Teachers transferring to different districts face huge pay cuts. It's so much cheaper for districts to hire young inexperienced teachers, that it is a disincentive to hire real talent!

Show me any other union job where a journeyman is forced to take a pay cut, when moving? The teacher's union spends more time on politics than they do looking after the livelihood of their members.

Not a teacher, but informed.... ... was curious, because it looked like such a petty pitance. Oh, and before someone plays the liberal socialist card, this guy is a GOP member.

Finally, area seems to do fairly well with regard to testing. People by homes here because of the schools. Wealth is created in the form of a % of home value appreciation, that directly correlates to good schools.

Where in any other operation is performance so undervalued?

The reality is teachers are too poor to strike and get their fair shake. SRVUSD leverages this well.

Posted by Ralph Kramden
a resident of Danville
on Mar 24, 2015 at 8:13 am

Good teachers deserve to get paid a lot more. Bad teachers deserve to not get paid. Too bad the union won't deal with the bad ones so that the good ones can benefit.

Posted by San Ramon Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

I'd like to the SRVUSD School Board to publicly address what the teachers receive with respect to health care benefits. This may offset any type of increase in pay. How many companies in this day and age pay 100% of health care benefits for an entire family? I had two representative supporting the upcoming Measure A for the school district. They could not answer my questions as to how much of this measure will be going to teachers' salaries and benefits. Go to Web Link and type in any teacher's name and see what their salary is. It may surprise you! If they are retired, you can also see how much their income is in retirement. Almost full pay! I wish I could count on that for my future. Salary + health care + retirement pay + vacation time/automatic time off = a great job at great pay.

Posted by Teacher in the District
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Mar 25, 2015 at 6:53 am

Yes it's true, we got a bonus in 2013, it does not count as a raise just a one time payment. This agreement gives us another one time payment of a little over 2% with an actual 2% raise for this year. BUT our co-pays doubled for prescriptions our visits to the doctor went up and has been going up the whole 25 years I've been in the district. When I started it was $1 per visit and $1 for prescriptions for Kaiser, now it's $30. We have fought hard to keep our medical benefits and foregone raises for most of my career. As to the the snarky comments about hiring young inexperienced teachers that seems mostly true but most of us started off inexperienced. Thank goodness for administrators, parents and children who gave us the opportunity to hone our craft and continuely improve. With that I will sign off and retire at the end of the year leaving a career that has spanned over half my working life. And I will happily sign my name.
Robin Groch, proud teacher at SRVHS for 25 years.

Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

Everyone's healthcare costs have gone up too. Why do teachers get to pay less? It is because of the union bargaining powers and the school district caving in to their demands. They can contribute to the increased costs that everyone else has to pay. They are not paid low salaries by any means in this district! They work 9 months whereas the rest of us work 12 months. Don't tell me they work extra hours cause many of them do not. They also get more and longer paid vacations and 1/2 work days than any other profession. Quit whining and realize they all have a good gig and went into that profession because of the great hours. benefits and sometimes cause they love what they do! We already pay a lot on our property taxes to subsidize them and the schools.

Posted by GD
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2015 at 10:09 am

Louise, you are highly misinformed. Teachers get NO PAID VACATION, look it up in the contract at Teachers only get paid for the days they work, about 185 per year. They get no summer pay. To pay bills, etc in the summer, they have to set aside funds and draw from that. As a property owner, I am glad I pay property taxes to subsidize our schools, look around, they are all very nice.

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