SCUSD Bargaining Update: SCUSD Bargaining Team Meets with SEIU; Counter-proposal received from SCTA


Sacramento, California – On Saturday, March 26, the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) Bargaining Team met with SEIU representatives to discuss our proposal to increase compensation for SEIU-represented employees. The District’s proposal includes the following compensation increases for SEIU-represented employees:

  • 2% ongoing wage increase, effective July 1, 2022
  • One-time $1,000 stipend for 2020-21
  • One-time $1,500 stipend for 2021-2022
  • One-time $1,000 stipend for 2022-23
  • $2,000 Recruitment and Signing Bonus for new Bus Drivers who complete the SCUSD Bus Driver Training Program for the 2022-23 school year.
  • $2,000 recruiting and signing bonus for SEIU members who recommend a new bus driver who provides service to the district during the 2022-23 school year.
  • $5,000 signing bonus for new bus driver employees who are fully licensed to drive a bus. In order to receive the signing bonus, the employee must provide service to the district for the entire 2022-23 school year.

After the negotiation session, SEIU shared its counter-proposal as follows:

“SEIU Local 1021 seeks equity and social justice for all district-recognized classified workers with lower wages. To this end, the SEIU proposes improvements in an overall economic package that meets or exceeds the agreement with SCTA. »

By providing equal stipends to all employees represented by the SEIU, instead of percentage-based stipends, we recognize the needs of our lowest paid employees. These allowances reflect our commitment to equity and social justice. They offer our lower paid hourly employees much more money than they would receive from an allowance based on 2% of their annual salary, which is what SCTA was offered.

The District Bargaining Team has asked the SEIU to please clarify what improvements they want in the overall contract economics package and what equity changes they are proposing. The District Bargaining Team has agreed to resume negotiations with the SEIU Bargaining Team again on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Also on Saturday, March 23, the district bargaining team received a
against proposal
of SCTA in response to proposals the District sent to SCTA on Monday, March 21 (read the proposal here) and Tuesday, March 22 (read this proposal here).

“We are pleased that SCTA shared their counter proposal today,” said
Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar. “It’s a productive step forward. We remain committed to continuing good faith negotiations with SCTA to reach agreement on issues related to COVID and our successor contract. We urge SCTA to call off the strike so our students can return to school on Monday. The children need to be in school and we need to work together at the negotiating table.

The district is reviewing SCTA’s counter proposal and plans to meet with SCTA on Sunday.

We will continue to update our community and share the district’s counter proposal which we hope will finalize our negotiations so that Sac City Unified students can return to school on Monday.

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