December 5, 2023
A faculty bus drops off college students off at Mira Mesa Excessive College. Photograph by Chris Stone

Averting a possible lecturers’ strike, members of the San Diego Schooling Affiliation authorized a brand new contract with the San Diego Unified College District, the district introduced Monday.

In response to district officers, the contract is “historic” and features a 15% pay enhance, six weeks of birthing father or mother or maternity go away, and maintains absolutely paid household healthcare protection.

Different advantages embrace an elevated variety of elementary counselors, safety of nursing providers, extra elementary enrichment courses for college kids, and a deal with particular training lecturers’ workload, district officers mentioned.

Members voted on the pact at district colleges and the union workplace through the first week of June.

Extra counseling employees and assured nursing entry for college kids are included within the contract “because the district continues to navigate post-pandemic academic challenges,” officers mentioned.

“This new contract will assist us entice and retain a number of the greatest educators within the county whereas enhancing the providers we offer our college students,” Sarah Darr, a union chief and senior speech language pathologist, mentioned in a press release.

Superintendent Lamont Jackson mentioned the district and the union “reached this historic contract settlement due to respectful work and collaboration.”

“Our partnership with SDEA is constructed on respect, shared objectives and a dedication to foster a studying surroundings the place all lecturers and employees are supported so all college students can thrive,” Jackson mentioned.

Board President Sabrina Bazzo mentioned the settlement “honors the work and dedication of our lecturers and employees, whereas additionally permitting us to recruit and retain the very best and brightest workers to San Diego Unified.

The San Diego Neighborhood Colleges Coalition — a bunch of fogeys and different group companions — participated within the bargaining effort, officers mentioned.

Officers added the contract “establishes a partnership between the district, dad and mom, educators, college students, directors and faculty communities to find out what after-school programming ought to seem like at their colleges.”

The earlier union contract expired on June 30, 2022. Efficient till June 30, 2025, the brand new contract will enable restricted bargaining negotiations subsequent yr, officers mentioned.

The district’s Board of Schooling is scheduled vote on ratifying the contract at its common assembly on June 20.