Election Results and Next SPS BOD Meeting

Election Results A huge shout out to everyone who ran for union leadership for the 22-23 school year! Below are the election results: President: Justin Kim (K2 MS)Vice President: Fuchsia Spring (K2 HS)Treasurer: Sam Williams (Prep) Site RepsDenali MS: Allison LeeDenali HS: Maxine CheneyEverest: Dean CaudillExpeditions: Hannah CreutzfeldtK2 HS: Timothy HoffelderK2 MS: Nicole McMathPrep: JordynContinue reading “Election Results and Next SPS BOD Meeting”

Details of our TA and voting to approve our contract

We are so excited to share our tentative collective bargaining agreement with you and begin the ratification (voting) process. Our journey to this CBA has been long and difficult — the closure of Rainier, fighting the pay freeze, and the pandemic were just a few of the obstacles we faced. Despite high teacher turnover, weContinue reading “Details of our TA and voting to approve our contract”

An Open Letter to Summit’s Funders

Today, we sent the following letter to Summit’s funders in order to notify them of what Summit teachers are advocating for. Summit receives millions of dollars a year from some of the biggest names in philanthropy — including the Gates Foundation, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Charles Koch Foundation — but almost none of thatContinue reading “An Open Letter to Summit’s Funders”

Support Unite Summit in Winning a Fair Contract

Here are a few ways you can support Unite Summit as we fight for a fair first contract. Sign our petition to the Summit Public Schools Board asking for a fair contract now. Unions and other supportive organizations can pass our Unite Summit Strike Fund Resolution. Please send completed resolutions to UniteSummitTeachers@gmail.com If you areContinue reading “Support Unite Summit in Winning a Fair Contract”

The best way for Summit to show teacher appreciation? Settle a fair contract now!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! These past few years have been some of the most challenging with teaching virtual school, returning to in-person learning, and responding to the needs of our students in the best way that we can given the conditions – all while trying to tend to our own needs and wellbeing. Unfortunately, SummitContinue reading “The best way for Summit to show teacher appreciation? Settle a fair contract now!”

Art Builds and Negotiations Update

Art Builds!A reminder that our first strike-ready art build will be this Saturday, April 23 from 10am-2pm at the San Jose Teachers Association offices (5444 Thornwood Drive San Jose, CA 95123). We have also confirmed the location of our Oakland art build on Saturday, April 30 from 10am-2pm at the Oakland Education Association offices (272Continue reading “Art Builds and Negotiations Update”

Strike Vote TODAY, March 31, Cesar Chavez Day!

BackgroundLast Thursday, after two year and over 170 hours in bargaining and mediation sessions, we were released into the next step of the bargaining process. When an agreement is not reached with the help of a mediator, the process moves into fact-finding. While we have made more progress in the past two months than weContinue reading “Strike Vote TODAY, March 31, Cesar Chavez Day!”

Doubling of internal sub coverage, mediation update

Dear Summit Staff, You have been the frontline workers to provide our students with a safe learning environment, and we want to sincerely thank you for the tireless effort you have given to our communities. Currently, as COVID cases have risen again, we know you have heightened concerns over the safety of students, their families,Continue reading “Doubling of internal sub coverage, mediation update”

Unite Summit Solidarity Week a Success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Unite Summit solidarity week by wearing their t-shirts, stickers, and buttons, and signing our petition in support of our contract demands – almost 90% of teachers signed our petition to the SPS Board (if you didn’t get a chance to, there is still time! Contact your siteContinue reading “Unite Summit Solidarity Week a Success!”

Mediation and Legal Updates

Mediation Update Unite Summit and SPS met Wednesday with our PERB appointed mediator. The mediator emphasized that they are neutral and impartial and their job is to encourage both parties to make movement in their proposals. We are hopeful that in this next step in bargaining, we will make significant progress with SPS in creatingContinue reading “Mediation and Legal Updates”