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PVFT Newsletter, April 2011

PVFT Newsletter, April 2011

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April 2011
A
fter weeks of negotiations, unionand district officials signed asettlement and compromiseagreement last week. Unionleaders were able to save about 85 jobs, among other compromises.Though more than 200 educatorsreceived pink slips in early March,union leaders negotiated amaximum of 123 certificatedemployee layoffs.Additional general highlights of thesettlement agreement include:The district is prohibited fromhiring contract workers or creating non-union positions tofill positions previously held bycertificated employees.Educators working at PLA(persistently lowest achieving)schools — Watsonville HighSchool and EA Hall — now havean extended deadline of April 18to request a transfer to another school.
Getting SteppedOn At Work?
Workplace Bullying IsOn the Rise
In This Issue...
Page
Union Negotiates Settlement in Layoffs ............................... 1Workplace Bullying on the Rise ........................................... 1PVFT Teachers Rally ........................................................... 2Teachers Serving Breakfast in the Classroom ..................... 3Hundreds Gather at CFT Convention .................................. 4PVUSD 2011-2012 Calendar .............................................. 10PVFT Upcoming Events ...................................................... 11Connect Online .................................................................... 11Comics, Puzzle & More ....................................................... 12
See BULLY • page 9
Our Union:
1189
Teachers Strong 
Continuing employees shallreceive written notification of their grade level and/or subjectassignment and schoolassignment by June 20.Vacant positions will be postedby May 17 — though possibly asearly as May 4.Displaced teachers will have firstpriority to choose vacancies attheir site and then within thedistrict.Displaced employees will have48 hours to make their choice.
See LAYOFFS • page 9
N
o longer solely a playgroundissue, bullying has becomerampant in the workplace. It’s aproblem for more than 53 millionAmericans, according to a 2010WBI-Zogby scientific national poll(www.workplacebullying.org). Thestudy also found 34.4 percent of Americans report personally beingbullied.Workplace bullying is defined as“repeated mistreatment, sabotageof others that prevented work fromgetting done, verbal abuse,threatening conduct, intimidation or humiliation.”
 
Local 1936
Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers
AFT-CFT AFL-CIO
NEWSLETTER
NEWSLETTER
Union Negotiates Settlementin Layoffs
By Gabriana MarksBy Gabriana Marks
 
Taxing Richest 1% Additional1% Could Mean $2.5 Billionfor Education, Services
By Josh Pechthalt, CFT President California Progress Report 
T
he California Federation of Teachers (CFT) recently releasednew polling results showing 78percent of voters supportincreasing income taxes on the top1 percent of Californians by 1percent. Such a tax would returnthe richest Californians close to therate they paid in the mid-1990s,when Pete Wilson was governor.CFT is calling for the progressivetax to be part of a package toresolve California’s budget crisis.
Josh Pechthalt 
CFT President Elect “Visionary Leadershipfor Challenging Times” www.joshandjeff4cft.com
Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter 
April 2011
 
 
RESPECT
OUR RIGHTS
O
n April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated inMemphis, where he had gone tostand with sanitation workersdemanding their dream: The rightto bargain collectively for a voice atwork and a better life.On Monday, April 4, 2011, localcoalitions participated innationwide actions to supportWisconsin workers, public servicesand the middle class. Organizers of the rally at the Santa Cruz CountyGovernment Center stated, “Dr.King was killed in Memphis, TN,where he had stood with sanitationworkers who were struggling for the right to bargain collectively. The
By Jenn Laskin
actions by WisconsinGovernor Scott Walker toeliminate collective bargaining— and the gradual eroding of the American middle class —only undermine that struggle.”In Watsonville, more than 100PVUSD educators and staff membersrallied on themain plaza tohonking hornsand loudcommunitysupport. Wewill continue tomake our voices heardfor educational justice!
Supportersat the rally wore stickersfeaturing themessage tothe left.Below photocredit:Register-Pajaronian
More Than 100 Rally for Teacher Rights
 Above photos credit: Register-Pajaronian
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Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter 
April 2011
W
hile the importance of breakfastis not in question, theimplementation of the Breakfast inthe Classroom program is causingtension.“It does take extra time,” said onesecond-grade teacher. “I’m lucky tohave wonderful parents helping,but not everyone has that. Still, itcuts into instructional time.”Administrators put forth tworeasons for the School BreakfastPrograms (SBP):
Children who eat breakfastwill score higher on mathtests.
The district can earn extrarevenue by serving morebreakfasts.“Research consistently shows thathungry students cannot learn,”according to former StateSuperintendent of PublicEducation, Jack O’Connell. “TheSBP is an easy way to enhancechildren’s health and improve their academic achievement.”Higher testing scores would beuniversally celebrated, however,given the reduced instructionaltime from the current SBP, it’sdifficult to expect less teaching toproduce higher scores.
Teacher or Custodian? Breakfast inthe Classroom Brings Added Duties
By Gabriana Marks
Though some teachers support theprogram, more than half of thosesurveyed at one elementary schoolwere against it. Reasons citedincluded less instructional time,spilt milk and the ensuing stench,ants and loss of crucial teacher prep time.“Breakfast in the Classroomdetracts from theacademic focusof theclassroom,” saidanother teacher who rolled outthe program toher classrecently. “We should better utilizethe cafeteria.”No classified staff is paid for thisclassroom food service. Studentspick up wagons from the cafeteriaand then teachers monitor thedistribution and clean up. Theprogram’s profits require the freeservices of the classroom teacher,a consequence that has the unionin talks with the district.Breakfast at the Break is another option that’s been discussed.The program is currently beingimplemented at Starlight, HA Hyde,Calabasas andLandmark elementaryschools. Ann SoldoElementary is the nextschool set to beginBreakfast in theClassroom.Union leaders have filed agrievance regarding this issue. Inthe meantime, teachers must abideby district mandates regardingbreakfast. PVFT is working closelywith site reps and teachers ataffected schools.
It
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s difficult to expectless teachingto produce higherscores.
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