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Alameda Teachers Reject Tentative Bargaining Agreement

Updated: April 3rd, 12:26 p.m. – AUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital comments on union rejection of agreement.

Late last week, Alameda teachers rejected a tentative agreement with the Alameda Unified School District that would have provided them a 1 percent raise for the 2011-2012 school year, and kept K-3 class sizes at 25.

A posting on the Alameda Education Association’s Facebook page, where teachers union president Gray Harris has directed Action Alameda News for comment in the past, reads, “In a show of solidarity, Alameda Unified School District educators have strongly rejected a tentative contract agreement…the tentative agreement was overwhelmingly rejected by a two to one margin.”

The union says that instead of negotiating in good faith, the district gave AUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital a yearly 3 percent raise, fully paid health benefits, and $15,000 in bonus pay. Ms. Vital’s base pay is over $200,000 per year.

This morning, Kerri Lonergan, Superintendent’s Assistant, Alameda Unified School District, released a letter to the media from AUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital. According to the letter, the two tracks of negotiations, so-called “reopener” negotiations over class size, and “successor” negotiations for an entire new contract, must now proceed separately, whereas, under mediation, they were combined.

According to AUSD, the negotiations are creating uncertainties for Alameda parents regarding the 2012-13 school year.

6 comments to Alameda Teachers Reject Tentative Bargaining Agreement

  • DHL

    This is repugnant. Alameda residents voted FOR the AUSD parcel tax in good faith. Our tax dollars are not being used properly! Increased teacher salaries correlate to better teachers and teaching and classes, and a better education for our kids…whereas I don’t believe an increase in admin salaries/benefits–when the admin is already so very well paid–correlates to an increase in the quality of education for our kids!

  • KZ

    Actually, studies have shown there is no direct correlation between higher teacher salaries and better teachers. I imagine the teaching world is the same as the rest of the working world – pay doesn’t equal skill. Look around your workplace. How many incompetent people get paid a lot of money? How many really hard-working and talented people don’t get properly rewarded?

    People in Alameda voted for that tax out of fear, mongered by the school district. They provided no clear-cut use for our tax dollars. What do you expect? That they act honorably?

    I’m really not in favor of across-the-board pay increases for anyone. Pay should be based on merit. And, they need to do away with the tenure process that keeps the same lousy teachers in the school district, getting paid year after year after year.

    Do I have a solution? No. But Alameda is getting what it deserves, unfortunately.

  • KZ

    I suggest we follow Oakland’s example! One of the thing that bugs me about the constant crying about teacher salaries is that it’s a non-competitive environment.

  • Nell

    Tax dollars for providing equal and better education for all kids. Poor performing admin and teachers should let go. No quality, are wasting taxpayers money.

  • Ed

    The fact that there are more teachers willing to teach than there are positions would indicate that the pay is more than ample. If those teachers can get better pay elsewhere, why not change jobs? That is what happens in every other industry.

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