The above letter was provided to all staff via a stack in the copy room where teachers and staff could take one. The letter was in response to an email sent out by the Gompers Teachers Association that misrepresented Gompers Preparatory Academy bargaining team and leadership. At the NAACP awards dinner, there were several tables purchased by Gompers Preparatory Academy teachers, and then there was an outlier table purchased by the SDEA rep where the group of Gompers Teachers Association Union Teachers sat, the very teachers who knew that SDEA rep tried to prevent this award.
The UNION did meet with the NAACP to try and prevent Director Riveroll from receiving an award and the Gompers Teachers Association bargaining team knew about this meeting before it happened and did nothing.
Top 6 Reasons SDEA must be voted out of GPA:
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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.
SDEA Dues: $1,200 per year, each unit member must pay, unless you opt-out.
Recently proposed during the bargaining session, Teacher Salary Scale submitted by the UNION, is for 205 days. This means, because of the UNION one size fits all mentality, all teachers will be REQUIRED to work 205 days, no summers off. The teachers that were told they would get their summers off, they were lied to by the GTA. Because of the UNION, we lost all flexibility in our work year agreements, and our individual rights to negotiate summers off.
****Also noted in the proposed Teacher Salary Scale: 1st-year teacher could potentially make more than a 6-year teacher who has been with Gompers Preparatory Academy based solely on educational units. You read that correctly, a teacher that has been with GPA for 6 years could make less than a 1st-year teacher. San Diego Education Association is not what teachers want at Gompers Preparatory Academy! SDEA Opt Out Today!
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 SCHOOL
"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.
According to Steve McDonald from the San Diego chapter of the California Teachers Association, three goals:
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? Opt-Out SDEA don't let them have your money to fund this kind of activity. SDEA is bad for GPA!
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?
Did you know?
WHY DID GPA CONVERT FROM A FAILED DISTRICT SCHOOL IN THE FIRST PLACE?
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! (Source: Is it wrong for us to want good things? The origins of Gompers Charter Middle School)
San Diego Education Association (SDEA) this is not what teachers asked for! The majority of the tension at Gompers Preparatory Academy is because of the San Diego Education Association tactics. They have constructed a plan and are asking the 9 union teachers to implement it.
The SDEA doing their own thing, for example: Tried to block the NAACP award from Director Riveroll. Gompers Teachers Association has failed to listen to teachers, and doing their own thing too! Was simple, some teacher want summers off, and yet the one size fits all will not allow that. Do you still want the San Diego Education Association to be your exclusive representative, even though they have caused more harm than good?
Sample Letter, to prevent the SDEA from taking due. <------------ Click, Fill out, Send In............. Opt-Out San Diego Education Association teacher union DUE to Collectors.
Teachers contracts are now controlled by a small group of teachers, with several only in their 2nd year barely knowing our history at Gompers Preparatory Academy, for work year agreements. Individual Teacher Rights to negotiate salary and work year agreements have been taken away and we are excluded from personally attending bargaining planning meetings unless you are the exclusive bargaining representative! However, Teachers have a Choice to not join the union, and not to pay union dues. We are not against unions. But what this group of teachers did is only a complexifier for our small GPA Family -- we were already working as a cooperative, professional unit, and their stealthy takeover accomplishes more bad than good. We are Pro teacher choice, thus should have the freedom to choose to pay or not pay union dues. We request open and transparent meeting for our bargaining unit. Know your rights and visit: TeacherFreedom.org . Opt-Out SDEA (San Diego Education Association) teachers union.
Do you know that you are no longer required to pay any money to a teachers union?
On June 27th the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff in the Janus v. AFSCME case. The decision means that no public school teacher or any other government worker in the U.S. has to pay money to a union as a condition of employment. (We are not taking a position on the Janus decision itself, just that you should know about your opt-out rights under it.)
In Janus v. AFSCME, the court decided public sector unions can’t charge non-members agency fees — or so-called “fair share fees” — to help cover the cost of representation. Unions must represent anyone in a union-covered position, whether they’re a member or not.
Do you know how your dues are calculated?
The elected officers of the national, state and local organizations determine yearly, how much your dues will be. There is a formula used whereby roughly 2% of a new teacher's salary goes towards dues. Whether or not a pay raise is negotiated in your district, each school year, dues go up.
Let's take an example of $1,100 in dues. NEA will take about $192, CTA will take about $700 and your local will take about $200.
If you choose not to belong to the union, you will lose the union’s member only benefits, including liability insurance and legal representation, but there are alternative ways to secure this coverage. You can join the Association of American Educators (www.aaeteachers.org) at $16.50 a month See the comparison chart between the AAE vs NEA. This is a professional organizations, not a union and there are others out there. Keep your money. Opt Out Today from the San Diego Education Association teachers union dues and keep the over $1,200 in your own pocket!
(SAN FRANCISCO) — Five California teachers this week filed a class-action lawsuit against the California Teachers Association alleging the union violated their First Amendment rights by continuing to deduct union dues from their wages over their repeatedly stated objections. 3/11/2019
2019 has become the year for some legislators to link arms with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and introduce a series of bad bills meant to destroy charter schools in California.
California Legislature is quickly advancing these charter school killers. Assembly Bills 1505 by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), 1506 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and 1507 by Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D- Santa Clarita) are all sponsored by the California Teachers Association, and were passed by the Assembly Education Committee this week.
If its spring then it must be time for the California Teachers Association (CTA) to make another one of its frontal assaults on charter schools....
The authors and co-authors of these divisive bills received campaign donations from CTA and since CTA is sponsoring these divisive bills, is it a coincidence that the authors and co-authors didn’t take into account the hundreds
In the current public-school system, however, pay is based on seniority. A school teacher who has been just occupying a chair for decades, must be paid better than a young go-getter. A teacher who is willing to ply his or her skills in a tough, low-performing urban school must be paid the same as a teacher on autopilot in a wealthy suburban district, where the challenges are less severe and the stakes not as high. In times of layoffs, that tough and energetic teacher working a hard gig must be laid off before any teacher with greater seniority in the union, thanks to something known as LIFO, or "Last In, First Out."
Gompers Teachers Association, teacher representatives pose for a photo published in the SDEA own publication. We are disappointed in the misrepresentation of the teachers and staff!
Teachers and staff at Gompers Preparatory Academy were asked to leave their of own Union meetings! Teachers and staff requesting open and transparent meeting from the Gompers Teachers Association were told NO, and then were asked to leave or escorted out!
Parents upset how they have been treated by the Gompers Teachers Association. These parents have organized! In recent parent meeting held by parents for parents in the community, parents invited several teachers to speak and to be heard. These parents want no changes to Gompers Preparatory Academy and said they will hold teachers accountable if anything changes for the worse! They said if the culture changes and the school changes because of what the teachers are doing, this is an injustice to our kids!
Teachers Voices are now controlled by a small outsider group of teaches at Gompers Preparatory Academy, for work year agreements. Individual Teacher Individual Rights have been taken away! However, Teacher have a Choice to not join the union, and not to pay union dues. TeacherFreedom.org
Sure a Higher Teacher Retention will happen, as it will be harder to fire bad teachers at Gompers Preparatory Academy.
In past meetings out of 90 unit members less then 20 attended and some were asked to leave. SDEA included representatives from Helix High School who said that after they went Union, the teachers are in charge of the school now. They talked of their benefits of being a Union, however, Helix Teacher Salary is less then Gompers Preparatory Academy teachers current salary at Year 4 column 1. The current Proposal by SDEA puts a 4th year teacher at $61,566.27 - $75,018.47, Wow this seems great, however, is this really sustainable? How will this impact the rest of the school and staff. Currently, the only school that is higher then GPA 4th year is Preuss School, with AFT as their 3rd party reps. Preuss is an amazing school, Blue Ribbon, A top Charter School. The question to ask: How are they able to pay more to teachers. Charter Renewal shows they have projected $740,000 in some form of additional Grants and donations in Local Revenues. Additional sources: O'Farrell. - Steele Canyon. - Lincoln High School.
Apples and Oranges. GPA is similar to Preuss in that they have students and teachers and both are UCSD partner school. Other than that, the difference is like comparing Apples and Oranges. Preuss teachers are represented by UC-AFT, as the teachers are employe of UCSD. Preuss students applications are screened and placed in a Lottery.
Preuss Entrance Requirements:
All Preuss students are selected by lottery. To be placed in the lottery, students must complete an application process and meet the following three criteria:
1. Low-income family qualifying for the Federal Free and Reduced-Lunch Program.
2. Family in which parents or guardians have not graduated from college.
3. Demonstrate motivation and desire to attend college.
(source: Preuss Brochure )
The Gompers Teachers' Association in partnership with
San Diego Education Association/CTA/NEA
(one of the largest and most powerful teachers' unions in California) filed for "Recognition" to allow SDEA/CTA/NEA to represent them, and are in the process of the collective bargaining contract. There is still time to voice your concern, and opt out.
Eight GPA Teachers at the San Diego Unified School District Board Meeting, stated they were speaking for the teachers. However, many teachers and staff were never told they were going to speak on the teachers' behalf. Fast forward to 37:28 .
Lorena Gonzales has done amazing things for the labor movement in California and was the head of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, where Richard Barrera too was secretary-treasurer. She voted against charters in recent legislation, and According to VoteSmart Lorena's top donors are Union Organizations, many Anti-charter groups ($70,800.00 in donations) including the CTA (California Teachers Association) with a donation of $17,600. CFT (CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS) $17,600.00. CFA (CALIFORNIA FACULTY ASSOCIATION) $19,100.00 . CSEA (CALIFORNIA SCHOOL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION / CSEA) $16,500.00.
"Jed Wallace - the former High Tech High administrator who is now president of the California Charter Schools Association - noted that Gonzalez has mentioned that she is the parent of a child in a charter school and has billed herself as a supporter of charters. He called it "perplexing" that she would vote for a "charter-killer" bill."
Lorena, we to have a right for our voices to be heard under PERB duty of fair representation, and we are not being represented fairly by the SDEA. Where are you supporting the duty of fair representation? When you tried to ban this website, that seemed counter to your belief system of having all voices heard. This website is made independently by concerned Parents and Teachers in District E, not the school. We have every obligation to inform all the teachers, staff and community the injustice that is now being done at the hands of the SDEA. Lorena do you know the History of Gompers Preparatory Academy, and why our school went charter? GPA is a community based charter, a neighborhood school.
Lorena Gonzales should be an avid supporter of Gompers Preparatory Academy, as a school that is working to better the lives of students in our community, yet the only letter that comes in is a letter that try to ban this website, as she was misinformed, the school and leadership have no part in it as again this website is made independently by concerned Parents and Teachers in District E, not the school.
One of the lead Union organizers at GPA worked with Lorena Gonzalez on her campaign. The Letter was sent before PERB official Recognized the Union thus confusing many at school who did not support the Unions actions. The California Ethics Standards state: resources may be used only for legislative purposes. We are confused about how your letter was for legislative purposes.
San Diego Unified School District Trustee for District D. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Barrera is a very vocal Union supporter. Anytime he can jump on board to support a union forming, he will, especially for a school he has wanted back in the San Diego Unified School District. For two and a half years, until he lost his union job in December 2018, Barrera served as secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, a sort of union of unions representing the political interests of 135 unions.
“It is our recommendation that he consider recusing himself from decisions involving trade union parties to the (project labor agreement),” and he exercise caution when voting on matters related to the teachers' or classified employees unions, wrote attorney Mark Bresee, in a Voice of San Diego article.
Why did Richard Barrera send this letter to all the Teachers at Gompers Preparatory Academy, a charter school that is not in his district, in response to a non-agenda item?
Richard Barrera did the same thing to Harriet Tubman Village Charter School.
Richard Barrera was a supporter and advocate for Harriet Tubman Village Charter School becoming a Union school in 2010, and just four years after....... principals were replaced.....
"Scinski pointed to the teachers' union as the source of trouble. Unlike most charter schools, Tubman teachers are unionized. Scinski accused the union – the San Diego Education Association, or SDEA – of disrupting harmony by planting toxic messages."
<---------- This is the document that clearly shows the Association is actually seeking to become a Union, and to be represented by the SDEA/CTA/NEA.
Petitioner is the:
(one of the largest and most powerful teachers' unions in California politics.)
Union elections aren’t like political elections, where regular elections are held to see if the voters want to keep someone in office. Once a union is certified as the exclusive representative of the employees, it remains so indefinitely.
The union can legally fine members who return to work during a strike. Non-members cannot be fined or threatened under the law, but unions have been found guilty of doing so anyway.
Yes. In one case decided by the Supreme Court, Communications Workers v. Beck, the union was found to be spending almost 80 percent of its dues money on matters unrelated to collective bargaining, such as campaign contributions. Under the law, if workers who are not union members object to the use of their money for things that are not directly related to collective bargaining, they are entitled to a refund of the portion of their dues spent on politics and other non-bargaining activities. When non-unionized workers have attempted to get their money back, they have usually met with opposition and stonewalling from union officials.
The union sets the dues, according to the terms of the union constitution and by-laws. In general, if the union local is part of an international union (such as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters), the international can require dues increases of all locals if delegates to a meeting of the international approve of a dues increase.
No. The union is not contractually liable to the workers. Its promises are not legally enforceable.
No. By law, the union becomes the exclusive representative for all of the employees in the bargaining unit, including those who did not want it. Therefore, individuals are prevented from attempting to negotiate for themselves if they think they can get a better schedule or payscale. They may not pursue a grievance or complaint on their own — the union representative has the right to be present even if the employee does not want them there.
(d) All employee organizations shall have the right to have membership dues deducted pursuant to Sections 45060 and 45168 of the Education Code, until an employee organization is recognized as the exclusive representative for any of the employees in an appropriate unit, and then the deduction as to any employee in the negotiating unit shall not be permissible except to the exclusive representative.
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YOU CAN Opt-Out of San Diego Education Association (SDEA) and then you keep the $1,200
During a union campaign, employers are permitted to engage in activities that will not interfere with an employee’s ability to make a free choice in a union election. If threats of reprisal, promises of benefits, or other actions would serve to coerce employees, an unfair labor practice (UPL) charge will be brought against the employer. If the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finds violations, the union essentially wins without the election. Here are some important guidelines (Collier, 1998) that a supervisor may legally follow:
What one student words that made a difference...
These powerful words brought everyone to tears and cheers at the first ever Graduation for Gompers Preparatory Academy......
One week before the first day of school in 2005 at Gompers Charter Middle School, this happened......
How does a union become my exclusive representative?
A union can collect enough authorization cards from you and your coworkers. It will need to collect cards from over 50% of the designated group of employees (called a bargaining unit) to automatically become your collective bargaining representative.
It can also happen by a vote. In order for a vote to happen, the union will have to collect authorization cards from at least 30% of the bargaining unit. Then the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) would hold an election. In order for the union to win the election, more than 50% of the employees who vote would have to vote in favor of unionization. If that happened, you would be represented by the union.
The Education Employment Relations Act and PERB regulations afford employees the right to decertify their union through an election conducted by PERB. The process is similar to the process used to certify a union through an election. The “reverse” process may be initiated by a decertification petition filed by a group of employees within the bargaining unit, or even another labor organization seeking to replace the current one. The petition cannot be filed by the school, an administrator or other supervisor and communication with employees on this subject must follow the rules applicable in an initial organizing campaign. Counsel should be consulted.
The petition must be supported by proof that at least thirty percent of the employees in the established unit no longer wish to be represented by the union or wish to be represented by another union. The proof of support must generally include each employee’s printed name, signature, job title and date of signature.
When the petition is filed, the employer must post a notice of the decertification petition no later than 15 days after receiving a copy of the petition. The notice must include a copy of the decertification petition. The employer must then serve a copy of the notice on PERB. Within 20 days of the filing of the decertification petition, the employer must file with PERB a description of the established unit, including an alphabetical list of employees and their job titles. PERB then reviews the proof of support to determine whether it is sufficient. Once sufficiency is established, PERB will generally schedule an election.