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”

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!”

Health and Safety MOU reached

We’re pleased to announce we’ve reached an agreement with Summit on a memorandum of understanding (basically a “mini contract”) about health and safety for the 2021-22 school year. Here’s a link to the full agreement. A few highlights: At least 25% of unvaccinated staff and students will be tested for COVID each week.  All classroomsContinue reading “Health and Safety MOU reached”

CBA Update #26

Back at Bargaining! SPS came back to the bargaining table with these proposals (all are in this document). Recognition – Summit Public Schools made movement in this article to align with California law and automatically include any potential new Summit schools in our union. However, SPS still wants to maintain the right to use subcontracting toContinue reading “CBA Update #26”

Possible Schedule Changes, COVID-19 Relief Money

Information on potential schedule changes On Thursday, Diane Tavenner notified us that site leaders may begin talking about potential schedule changes for next school year in the coming weeks. In August of 2019, Unite Summit and Summit created this document that essentially lays out Summit’s existing process for making schedule changes (we believe everyone hasContinue reading “Possible Schedule Changes, COVID-19 Relief Money”

Bargaining Update #15

Virtual School Negotiations UpdateFriday 12/4, we bargained for the fifth time about the virtual school model.  It was Summit’s turn to present a proposal (here is our last proposal).  Summit’s bargaining team used the meeting to explain their process of crafting their first proposal of the virtual school model — which has been underway forContinue reading “Bargaining Update #15”

November 17 Town Hall and Support for English Learners

Support for English Language Learners A working group of teachers in Unite Summit is researching how we can better advocate for stronger English Language Learner supports. As you may remember, our Support Services contract proposal that we introduced back in March called for the creation of an ELL coordinator at each school site and EnglishContinue reading “November 17 Town Hall and Support for English Learners”

Bargaining Update #13 and Reopening Town Hall

11/1/2020 In today’s newsletter:   An update on bargaining and sanctuary schools (check out our video update!) We’re having our second Town Hall on Tuesday, November 17 at 5pm to discuss school reopening (Register here: https://tinyurl.com/USNovember17) Virtual school negotiations continue Support a fellow Bay Area charter teacher! Bargaining UpdateOn Wednesday, we had our 13th bargainingContinue reading “Bargaining Update #13 and Reopening Town Hall”

Bargaining Update #11 and #12

10/19/2020 Bargaining UpdateOn 10/7 and 10/14, Unite Summit met with Summit management to bargain our overall union contract.  Here’s a short summary of those bargaining sessions. Increasing Classroom Support for StudentsOn the very first day of bargaining, back in March, we presented our Support Services proposal that would provide our students — particularly English LearnersContinue reading “Bargaining Update #11 and #12”