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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 students in District E. There are other options, including No Representation and CARES (Union)
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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 .....
As part of the settlement agreement, the SDEA UNION agreed to have a Decertification Vote! That means if Teachers and Staff VOTE for NO Representation the SDEA is OUT and all Teacher and Staff will not have to pay the $1,200 in Union Dues. (click and read agreement)
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. This is a BAD DEAL for EVERYONE.... Yet the SDEA sees it as a WIN??? How?
In the past before the SDEA Contract, if teachers left GPA, they received a final paycheck, now for teachers that opted for a 23 or 24 pay cycle, if they were to leave GPA, they would actually owe money to GPA.... This is a BAD DEAL for Teachers and STAFF - yet SDEA negotiated it.
SDEA Negotiated a pay scale that is LESS than even the FIRST column of the SDUSD teachers' pay scale (Even with the extra $2,000 the GPA gave each teacher). Teachers that are on the new SDEA approved pay scale will be making less than a teacher at MTM or LINCOLN, with the same years. If Teachers have additional education and Years of Experience as new Teachers to GPA, GPA Teachers will be making a lot less. This is important because if a teacher would like to get paid more, the only sure way is to leave GPA. Prior to SDEA teachers could and have requested a pay increase.
The SDEA Contract secures that GPA Teachers are the LOWEST PAID TEACHERS in SDUSD District E Schools, yet GPA is the TOP SCHOOL in District E with the Hardest working Teachers ..... This is WRONG ---- GPA Teachers deserve better than what the SDEA Negotiated! Why did they want to keep all the teachers UNDER Paid?
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. Select the No Representation or C.A.R.E.S. 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