Bargaining Progress Update


The San Diego Unified School District has proposed to raise the top salary for teachers to above the $100,000 level for the first time. The offer recognizes the high cost of living in the San Diego region, as well as the cost of living adjustment school districts could receive under the first budget from Governor Gavin Newsom.
 
On May 30, the district met with leaders of the San Diego Education Association, which represents San Diego Unified teachers. The school district proposed a 3.5% ongoing raise for all bargaining unit members in the 2019-20 school year. The amount exceeds the 3.26 % cost of living adjustment proposed by Governor Newsom in the May revision of his proposed budget.
 
The wage increases offered to SDEA would be provided to employees of all bargaining units pursuant to the Equity Clauses of all of the collective bargaining agreements.
 
Details of the district proposal include:
  • 1% raise effective July 1, 2019;
  • 1% mid-year raise (effective January 1, 2020 for 12-month employees and February 1, 2020 for 10-month employees);
  • 1 ½% raise effective at 11:59PM on June 30, 2020
The proposal was further crafted to benefit the largest possible number of teachers. It replaces previous proposals that included longevity stipends limited only to members that had more than 22 years of creditable service in order to provide a 3 ½% on-schedule raise benefiting all members.
 
San Diego Unified and the SDEA have already reached tentative agreements to improve school safety and lower the caseload of special education teachers to what educators believe is one of the lowest staff-to-student ratios in the state.
 
The district has proposed additional negotiations occur on June 6 and 13 in order to reach an agreement before the first reading of the district’s 2020-21 budget.