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This website is made independently by concerned Parents and Teachers in District E. We are not against Unions however we are against SDEA because they continue to fail our teachers and students in District E.
Staff member at Gompers Preparatory Academy, June 2022
Teacher at Gompers Preparatory Academy, June 2022
San Diego, CA (June, 2020) The union invaded our Gompers in 2018 under the false premise that the school was not serving teachers well. They brought divisiveness and sought to end innovation – and therefore success – at the school.
So far they are getting their way by deceiving our community and brutalizing parents, good teachers, and our leadership. Our school has again become unsafe, not from threat of gang violence or drugs but from something just as corrosive: the greed and power of so-called democratic unions.
San Diego, CA (June, 2020) The invasion started on a Friday morning. A letter – written by a “committee” of eight teachers – was placed in our mailboxes. They claimed their efforts would make Gompers “even greater.”
Since the union invasion, it’s become clear the “committee” went behind the backs of the most senior teachers and dedicated staff at Gompers, including myself, to sneak in a union. Gompers leadership has an open door policy, yet the “committee” of just eight teachers formed without any attempt at conversation, collaboration, or transparency. They got signatures using deceptive tactics and ambushed the rest of us with their sudden introduction letter. Two of the “committee” members no longer even teach at Gompers.
The SDEA is doing whatever it can to divide us, making our school an "Us vs Them" school. That is not the GPA way! That alone should say, enough is enough and vote NO on the SDEA representing us! If thats not enough.....
I am angry but mostly sad that you didn't give our school an opportunity to address or fix whatever issues or concerns you had. A school is made up of teachers, staff, students, parents and community who have to communicate with one another to keep succeeding. Instead, you did not acknowledge any of us and went behind our backs .......
The primary reason Gompers Preparatory Academy converted from a failed district union school (under the SDEA) was to sever ties with the union therby escaping the failed bureaucracies that made Gompers one of the most dangerous and low performing schools in the city. Escaping the union was the best option, and it worked!
You have not told the entire school staff the huge injustices being done at Gompers before it went charter and why it went charter and that story must be told to all staff .....
GPA is Hiring 40+ new Teachers and Staff. This is the most since 2005. As a new teacher, just know, many teachers at GPA DO NOT pay Union Dues and you too should not pay. Don't feel pressured. When approached, say "I will think about it." Find other teachers that are not paying and talk to them. Seek the information as to what teachers received this year for their $1,200. You will hear "Nothing". Infact several were so disappointed, they tried to stop their membership dues!
Under the tentative 2022 Contract, GPA Teachers will be paid FAR LESS than teachers at MTM/LINCOLN who are on column 1 of the SDUSD/SDEA contract and an additional $4,000 less for BA+ and MA+! Gompers Teachers Association and SDEA are poor representatives of Teachers at GPA. They had 5 years to negotiate a comparable wage, and they FAILED!
Every year after year, Teachers are paid less than teachers in the SDUSD. This does not even account for the increased pay for a BA+ or MA +, which would mean teachers at GPA could be at an additional loss of up to $4,000+ for each step.
For UNION paying members, the loss would be an additional $1,200 per year. Teachers can Opt-out, and at least keep $1,200 per year in their pocket.
2022 day rate GPA Teacher Pay VS SDUSD Pay. Any teacher on the salary scale and in their 4th year and beyond, negotiated by SDEA/GTA, is getting paid LESS than teachers at MTM/Lincoln daily, plus they have less security and more responsibility.
Not all teachers received an increase some did not receive any anything! The SDEA negotiated those staff out of a raise. Inflation is currently 8.3% thus SDEA actually negotiated a contract that reduces overall teachers buying power by 3%. DO NOT BE FOOLED!!!! This is not a competitive wage, and in some cases could be upto $20,000 per year for teachers with a MA. At least SDEA could have negociated to have at minimum what SDUSD offeres on column 1 of their salary table. SDEA would have only needed to negotiate an additional $168,000 to be EQUAL with column 1 of SDUSD salary table. Why was this not done for the great teachers at GPA?
The contract keeps 205 working days (9.1), however, puts all the extra learning time for students at the end of the year, thus shortening Winter and Spring Breaks. This also forced school to start 2 weeks earlier on August 16th. SDEA Accepted that. Not all teachers received a raise. Reduced from 24 pay checks to 22, causing trauma in teachers at GPA. SDEA did not even care, and still encouraged teacher to ratify the contract. This is a BAD DEAL for EVERYONE.... Yet the SDEA sees it as a WIN??? How?
The SDEA Contract does not provide flexibility for teachers. Everything is spelled out including a 30-minute lunch. No Flexibility for the work year.... in the past teachers that needed time off in the summer were allowed to change the work-time to other times in the year. Now that is not possible. No flexibility for pay, or increase pay. No merit pay. No pay for the experience. No pay for going above and beyond. The New Salary.... Teachers at GPA are the Lowest Paid in SDUSD District E.
Teachers and Counselors will have an opportunity to VOTE THE SDEA OUT in an upcoming Vote in 2023. Select the No Representation Whatever your choice is PLEASE VOTE SDEA OUT of GPA!
Gompers' community made National History in Southeast San Diego....
Gompers Preparatory Academy converted from a failed district union school (under the SDEA) to escape the failed bureaucracies that made Gompers one of the most dangerous and low-performing schools in the city. Escaping the SDEA union was the best option, and it worked!
"I sat in that room and heard the parents pleading with a union rep from SDEA, ‘Please help us.’ And the union representative said, ‘I know this may sound hard, but my responsibility is to the teachers, not to the students.’ And parents just started to weep."
As a first in my family to graduate from high school and now in college, the supports I received from GPA Staff and teachers have been incredible. I talk about how great my school is to others at college and they only wish they could have what I still have today. A connection with my school....
In a meeting, that the Gompers Teachers Association bargaining team knew about, The UNION representative for Gompers Teachers Association Unit Members, met with the NAACP and tried to Prevent Director Riveroll from receiving a well deserved NAACP Award!
Top 6 Reasons SDEA must be voted out of GPA:
ASK and KNOW:
ASK and KNOW (source):
Bargaining---------The truth about collective bargaining:
********The union, not the teachers and other employees, decides what to propose in negotiations;
The parties must negotiate in good faith, but there is no time limit on how long it may take to reach agreement, and no requirement that an agreement actually be reached;
The union may have made many promises (for instance, tenure), but it cannot guarantee any of them will come true.
San Diego Education Association is not what teachers want at Gompers Preparatory Academy!
Risks of Negotiations There is no guarantee a union will obtain higher pay or better benefits. In fact, the union cannot guarantee negotiations will not result in a reduction of wages or benefits.
SDEA History with Gompers: DURING THE FORMATION OF GOMPERS CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOLS Representatives' from the SDEA headquarters met with teachers and provided arguments against the conversion of Gompers to charter status, including the false claim that teachers would lose health and retirement benefits and the right to return to the district. After the dust settled, charter petitioners successfully obtained the approval of more than 50% of its teachers for it's charter petition (Gao 2005a)" Source: Is it wrong for us to want good things? The origins of Gompers Charter Middle School
Unions – by definition – are institutionally motivated to maximize the number of employees, control and minimize work load and to eliminate accountability. Many teachers chafe under union-imposed limitations on performance. Additionally, collective bargaining agreements can stifle the innovation and flexibility in curriculum and school governance that attract students, and teachers, to charter schools in the first place.
Union Control of Members Unions require members to obey their rules – under pain of trial and potential fines. A union will expect all its members to act and speak with one voice; dissent and individuality are discouraged. This also can extend to political activities beyond the workplace. In recent years, unions have increasingly pressured members to contribute and campaign for the union’s preferred political and social agenda.
On the SDEA website: Examples of how they encourage pressure tactics at our school. Our school was a happy family before the SDEA got involved. What other tactics are they going to use to take apart the charter they never wanted in the first place?
Is SDEA breaching its duty of fair representation to the Teacher and Staff at GPA? It is the obligation to represent all employees fairly, in good faith, and without discrimination. Who did the SDEA represent when they Blocked the 6 period day? Who did the SDEA represent when they met and acted in bad faith with the NAACP discrediting our Director and school?
After knowing this, do you still want the San Diego Education Association to be your exclusive representative, even though they have caused more harm than good? Whose best interest does the SDEA have?
Eight teachers didn't expect this to happen when they spoke to the board of directors at the San Diego Unified School District........
The documents that the Gompers Teachers' Association want you to see...
It's incredible what this Gompers Middle School Student said in 2004 at the School Board Meeting in San Diego....
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Letter from GPA Leadership in response to November Bargaining
Letter from GPA Leadership, in response to Bargaining and attempts by SDEA to block the NAACP award and other SDEA lies
Letter from GPA Leadership. About GPA past, present and future.
Letter from GPA Leadership about what articles have been proposed and countered