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A decertification petition is a vehicle whereby a group of employees in an established bargaining unit or an employee organization may bring about an election that allows employees to vote to either remove or replace their incumbent “exclusive representative.” (The “exclusive representative” is the employee organization that has been recognized or certified to represent the employees in the bargaining unit in their employment relations with the employer.)
To terminate the union’s right to represent you and your fellow employees. This procedure provides you with full relief by taking away the union’s authority to act as your bargaining representative. If you are a part of the employee union that is covered under a collective bargaining agreement (whether you are a union member or not) you can still sign a petition and participate in the decertification vote. Once the union is removed as your legal bargaining representative you no longer have to join the union or pay dues or fees to it.
The SDEA Contract is Valid until June 30, 2023.
Decertification Petition Must be filed between March 30th, 2023, and April 30th, 2023, and contain 30% of the signature of eligible voters. The petition containing signatures of more than enough employees at Gompers Preparatory Academy will trigger a secret ballot election. The signature allows for a VOTE.
After the election trigger, In a few days, unit members will receive a letter from PERB letting them know of the process, and soon after a secret ballot that will give you three options. One NO Representation (do not keep the SDEA as the exclusive representative), the Second is SDEA (Yes keep the SDEA), the Third is CARES (allow CARES to be the new Union for exclusive representation). We the parents, community members, and teachers of Gompers Preparatory Academy are asking you to vote NO Representation or CARES, thereby removing SDEA from GPA.
1. Hold a secret ballot election. PERB then sets up a secret ballot election in response to the petition document. PERB will determine the appropriate group of people to vote in the election—a determination that unions and employers sometimes dispute, which can lead to delays in holding the election.
2. Act in response to the results of the election. If 50% or more of the unit members vote against union representation, the SDEA will no longer have representation rights and the employees will once again be able to deal directly with the Leadership on issues related to pay, benefits, and working conditions.
All eligible voters shall vote by mailed ballot. On September 8, 2021, PERB will mail a ballot to the home address of each eligible voter. Along with the ballot, the eligible voter will also receive a Secret Ballot Envelope, a postage-paid return envelope addressed to PERB, and instructions for casting the ballot. Ballots must be received by PERB not later than October 4, 2021, in order to be counted in the official tally of ballots.
Employees will be informed by the Notices of Election that if they believe they are eligible to vote in the election and they do not receive a ballot by September 22, 2021, they may contact PERB and request a duplicate ballot. PERB will accept employee requests for duplicate ballots on September 22, 2021 only. Requests may be made only by telephone and between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; the telephone number will be displayed on the Notices of Election. PERB will accept collect calls for this purpose. PERB will accept a request for a ballot only from the voter himself/herself.
The choices on the ballot might appear in the wording and order
Click below to see the full Consent Election Agreement
Rally against the San Diego Education Association, Teachers Union and ask they stop blocking the VOTE and stop involving their kids.
The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen or so we’ve conducted with Dr. Sowell over the years), we delve into his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemies, a sobering look at the academic success of charter schools in New York City, and the fierce battles waged by teachers unions and progressive politicians to curtail them. Dr. Sowell’s conclusion is equally thought provoking: If the opponents of charter schools succeed, the biggest losers will be poor minority children for whom a quality education is the best chance for a better life.
The majority support a VOTE, as this is the only honest way to go forward.
The Vote will happen from September 8th - October 4th, by Secret Mail-in Ballot.
Teachers were never given a vote when the SDEA took over, and have been waiting for this vote since the beginning.
The majority support the Vote as this is the only HONEST way to move forward. The Teachers Association mislead unit members in singing over their rights to the SDEA and had no idea what to do. The SDEA created the Union Control on lies from the beginning did not have the support when the teachers found out about the UNION.
SDEA We do NOT Accept YOU the way you are!!! SDEA We do NOT Support YOU the way you are!!! WE WILL NOT PAY ANY UNION DUES TO YOU!!!! This relationship has to START OVER, and base it on TRUST and HONESTY! We the Teachers from Gompers Preparatory Academy have waited almost 3 years, and now we will have our Vote!
The good news: Teachers received notice from PERB their desertification petition was "timely filed" and "sufficient" number of signatures, allowing a vote. However...
The Bad News: The SDEA/CTA/NEA filed an amendment to their Unfair Labor charges and asked that the desertification petition be dismissed without a vote!
"It takes a special kind of politician to attempt to take away the new rights of countless workers " as Lorena Gonzalez recently said in an interview, and she is that politician!
Lorena Gonzalez expressed her concerns again, as she recently found out that teachers are not happy with the SDEA/CTA and sought assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation to file for a desertification vote. She further accused the National Right to Work Foundation of being an organization that "disenfranchised workers." Lorena..... The teachers and unit members at GPA never had a vote. For you use Assembly letter head to continually badger our school is unprofessional. Where is your letter supporting the teachers and unit members that want a vote?
The SDEA/CTA/NEA filed a second appeal with PERB to have the desertification petition dismissed. The union is trying to stop teachers and unit members choice to have a union or not by attempting to block the election.
The SDEA/CTA/NEA filed with PERB to have the desertification petition dismissed. The union is trying to stop teachers and unit members choice to have a union or not by attempting to block the election.
Teachers, parents and community members upset, protested at the SDEA headquarters and the San Diego Unified School District office, for trying to block the vote.
San Diego, CA (January 8, 2020) – A group of employees at Gompers Preparatory Academy (GPA), .....
"The SDEA Union" political bureaucracy is one size fits all and eliminates individual rights from negotiating their own Work Year Agreement! Before "The SDEA Union" took over, each staff member had the opportunity to negotiate their own work year, however, the contract was ratified, and each lost all rights to negotiate. The contract will be in effect for one year! "The SDEA Union" 205 days work year agreement, has teachers being paid less than SDUSD teachers. Teachers and Staff have an Opportunity to Vote to Remove SDEA as their representative, allowing them the freedom to renegotiate their pay and work year!
Stanford University Professor, Jerry Moe, spells out above all else, what hurts students the most.....
Not all teachers at Gompers Preparatory Academy knew what was happening. Many found out after months of backdoor meetings among eight teachers with Union representatives. Many thought they were signing a document to support our school and teachers, NOT a union document. To our knowledge, the Teacher Union was not mentioned to anyone. For 3 months the 9 outsiders lied to us about creating a Union!
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?
GPA is Hiring 40+ new Teachers and Staff. This is the MOST since 2005. As a new teacher, just know, MAJORITY of teachers at GPA DO NOT pay Union Dues and you too should not pay. Don't feel pressured or tricked. 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". In fact 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....
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!
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