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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/19/2017 10:59 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/19/2017 10:59 AM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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Schools Forced to Close as Calaveras Teachers Strike

San Andreas, CA...Calaveras teachers are on strike today after late night talks failed to settle a fair contract for teachers. The 138 teachers in the Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) will be picketing at eight locations. Superintendent Mark Campbell was forced to close schools for today, despite claiming last week that the district was prepared for a strike. The two sides met for five hours yesterday and last night. Teachers thought they had a deal until School Board member Sherri Reusche reneged on a verbal commitment to support the teachers’ concept for settlement.




Parents say they will join the teachers picketing at the school. Picketers will meet at Toyon Middle School and march to the district office at 10:00 am for a noon rally.

Parents and teachers want CUEA to honor the independent fact-finder’s recommendations regarding class size reduction, a joint safety committee and salary raises of 4% in 2016-17 and 2.5% in 2017-18. The district has rejected the fact-finder’s report. The district’s salary offer has moved from 0% to 2%.

“We are going on strike because that is the only option we have left to save our schools. We’re doing this from our heart, for our kids and for the future of this district.” said CUEA President Lorraine Angel.

“What’s truly tragic is that the district can more than afford our proposals. We’ve done our homework. If they couldn’t afford it, we wouldn’t propose it. Bottom line, if it’s not good for students we’re not going to do it. We wish CUSD felt the same way,” Angel noted.

CUEA and CUSD have been negotiating since March of 2016.

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The Calaveras Unified Educators’ Association is an affiliate of the 325,000-member
California Teachers Association and the 3 million-member National Education Association.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-19 11:21:27   By: Anonymous
 
"...failed to reach agreement on a contract " is news.

"... settle fair...." is op ed at best.

Lock out and replace teachers.

Break the union. Do it for the kids future.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-19 11:33:08   By: Anonymous
     
    So you found that many replacement teachers with credentials so soon? You sir are a legend, in your own mind of course.


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-10-19 12:07:28   By: Anonymous
       
      Teachers are nothing but a left wing political party led by their unions.

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        you suck as a human being :)
        Posted on: 2017-10-19 12:52:33   By: Anonymous
         
        Teachers are overworked and underpaid. Their class sizes are getting bigger and bigger every day, while they pay for their own school supplies. Maybe if our school systems weren't run like a sweat shop, we wouldn't have a shortage of teachers and such low test scores. You get what you pay for!!


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-10-19 18:04:13   By: Anonymous
       
      Yes, I am. Thank you for noticing.

      It was done with the air traffic controllers. No planes fell out of the sky.

      Replacing a few b to f grade teachers would be much simpler.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-19 11:48:31   By: Anonymous
     
    A typical trumptard response
    Break the union?
    What a prick
    Funny how the Trumptards want to break up unions but always want to be in one

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    Posted on: 2017-10-19 12:51:34   By: Anonymous
     
    Teachers are overworked and underpaid. Their class sizes are getting bigger and bigger every day, while they pay for their own school supplies. Maybe if our school systems weren't run like a sweat shop, we wouldn't have a shortage of teachers and such low test scores. You get what you pay for!!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-19 11:52:44   By: Anonymous
 
Superintendent Mark Campbell was ready and prepared for the strike? Then please tell us, why are schools closed? What did Mr Campbell actually do to be so prepared that the schools remained closed?
So they hired this"independent fact-finder" company and then decided that they did not like the "independent fact finders" recommendations and dismissed the report. Of course if this independent company said your teachers were paid well and the classroom sizes were perfect, the board would be shoving the report in everyone's face
I'm with the teachers on this one, going against the recommendations of someone you hired because their view didn't side with you. What a bunch of bull patties. You outta be ashamed with yourselves, phucking hypocrites.



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    Posted on: 2017-10-19 13:30:09   By: Anonymous
     
    the reason he decided to close the schools is because the rumor got out that all of the district employees were going to stay home. No classified employees to babysit the kids. The plan was to stick them all in a gym or in the cafeteria's all day and have non credentialed employees be in charge (campus monitors, office staff, non credentialed aids). No teaching just watching them. I for one applaud anyone who works in the district for staying home until this strike is over. No babysitters, very quick end to strike. Fact. Hope parents are sufficiently pissed.

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      Posted on: 2017-10-19 15:52:49   By: Anonymous
       
      Sorry, Charlie. Get your facts straight. Campbell closed schools because teachers chose to not come to work. If they had, none of this would be happening. There was a plan in place to have credentialed substitute teachers here and from the surrounding counties do enrichment projects with the students in the various course areas. When the support staff started grumbling about holding a "sympathy strike" the sub teachers started backing out. Parents should direct their anger at the teachers. They are the ones who chose to desert their jobs and make this mess.

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        Posted on: 2017-10-22 15:21:32   By: Anonymous
         
        The subs for Calaveras are in a union! Also they can't find enough subs to cover when teachers are sick! There's no way they have enough subs, its just bluffing!!!

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overworked and underpaid
Posted on: 2017-10-19 12:51:07   By: Anonymous
 
teachers are overworked and underpaid. Their class sizes are getting bigger and bigger every day, while they pay for their own school supplies. Maybe if our school systems weren't run like a sweat shop, we wouldnt have a shortage of teachers and such low test scores. You get what you pay for!!

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    Re: overworked and underpaid
    Posted on: 2017-10-19 15:42:48   By: Anonymous
     
    Maybe but they choose these jobs

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      Re: overworked and underpaid
      Posted on: 2017-10-19 18:05:53   By: Anonymous
       
      They are neither. Just a bunch of self important blow hards.

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Already paid what they are worth
Posted on: 2017-10-19 15:19:13   By: Anonymous
 
The median household income in Calaveras county is about $41k, teachers are making $50k to $80k depending on experience, and that's for working 183 days per year. If you adjust it to full time work like the rest of us, it's more like $60-96K, and that doesn't include a very generous pension and other benefits. Public employee pay and benefits are already squeezing out other public services like road maintenance and programs to help the needy. Enough is enough, they are paid like professionals already, it's time for them to start acting like it.

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    Re: Already paid what they are worth
    Posted on: 2017-10-19 15:24:21   By: Anonymous
     
    41K IS the median income for CUSD, even for teachers with 15+ years experience. You can check their current pay scale to confirm this.
    An educator with a BA or an additional MA should be making more than that.



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      Re: Already paid what they are worth
      Posted on: 2017-10-19 18:09:02   By: Anonymous
       
      BA will get you 22K in the real world. If you are lucky to be offered full time.

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        Re: Already paid what they are worth
        Posted on: 2017-10-19 19:35:53   By: Anonymous
         
        There is a huge teacher shortage nationally because the amount of education (which is way more expensive in this last decade) and the salary of teachers is not competitve. There are positions in our county that are unfilled and have been for several years. 30 years ago, there were 50 applicants for each job; currently there are a dozen, and the majority are not even worth considering. The quality and dedication of new teachers is not exactly inspiring. The lack of respect for the profession doesn't help.

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      Re: Already paid what they are worth
      Posted on: 2017-10-19 18:09:02   By: Anonymous
       
      BA will get you 22K in the real world. If you are lucky to be offered full time.

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        Re: Already paid what they are worth
        Posted on: 2017-10-19 18:51:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Yes, and 50 years ago, a blue collar worker could earn enough to support his family.
        Do you know why?
        Because everyone used to be unionized workers.
        Unions have been getting whittled away for decades. Now the norm is you’re lucky get 30 hours a week at Walmart for minimum wage, no health coverage, and no vacation or any benefits to speak of.
        Public school teachers are the last holdout for organized labor - fair wages and benefits. We should be applauding them for being unionized in a day and age when unions are being destroyed.
        We should stand up and demand the same for ourselves instead of tearing them down for trying to preserve something we don’t anymore.
        Everyone deserves fair wages and benefits.

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          Re: Already paid what they are worth
          Posted on: 2017-10-19 20:12:28   By: Anonymous
           
          What hole did you fall out of?

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            Re: Already paid what they are worth
            Posted on: 2017-10-19 21:00:47   By: Anonymous
             
            The one with fair wages and benefits. 😇

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            Re: Already paid what they are worth
            Posted on: 2017-10-19 23:44:39   By: Anonymous
             
            Thanks for the set up: the "A" hole

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