San Leandro elected officials speaking at a rally
Oct. 20 in support of San Lorenzo teachers.
In recent days, the push by teachers for higher wages and increased benefits is being met with harsh tactics by school district administrators.
Last week a San Lorenzo High School assistant principal summoned police to break up a lunch time union meeting.
Video below of the encounter has been viewed more than 280,000 on Facebook.
Although there were a few of us recording all the same footage in my classroom, this particular video credit goes out to Gina Spiers.I am reading comments on the shares which is a bit like following the game telephone in some cases. TO BE CLEAR: We are within our rights to have a meeting on campus without prior district approval, during our off-duty time. This was a violation on the part of the district. Article XXVII - Association Rights1. The Association shall have the right of access at reasonable times to areas in which employee's work, the right to use institutional bulletin boards, district mail, mailboxes, e-mail and the right to use institutional facilities at reasonable times for the purpose of meetings concerned with the exercise of the rights guaranteed under this Agreement.2. Authorized representatives of the Association shall be permitted to transact official Association business on school property at reasonable times as long as it does not interfere with the performance of regular duties of unit members.7. The District shall allow brief announcements of meetings in district news bulletins upon timely request.8. Association meetings called at any school are open only to members of the Association and/or members of the bargaining unit.
Posted by Amy Bellamy on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Following the incident with teachers and sheriffs deputies, the San Lorenzo Education Association union said it filed an unfair labor practice charge withe Public Employment Relations Board on Oct. 23 against the school district.
The classroom confrontation on Oct. 20 occurred just hours before more than 600 teachers demonstrated in front of the school district's offices. San Lorenzo teachers are the lowest paid in Alameda County, says the union.
More than a week earlier, the teachers' union declared an impasse in negotiations. A mediation session between teachers and the school administration is scheduled for Oct. 30, said the union.