Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers • AFT-CFT AFL-CIO

By Gabriana Marks

Local 1936
April 2011

Union Negotiates Settlement Getting Stepped in Layoffs On At Work?
After weeks of negotiations, union
and district officials signed a settlement and compromise agreement last week. Union leaders were able to save about 85 jobs, among other compromises. Though more than 200 educators received pink slips in early March, union leaders negotiated a maximum of 123 certificated employee layoffs. Additional general highlights of the settlement agreement include: • The district is prohibited from hiring contract workers or creating non-union positions to fill positions previously held by certificated employees. • Educators working at PLA (persistently lowest achieving) schools — Watsonville High School and EA Hall — now have an extended deadline of April 18 to request a transfer to another school.

Workplace Bullying Is On the Rise

• Continuing employees shall receive written notification of their grade level and/or subject assignment and school assignment by June 20. • Vacant positions will be posted by May 17 — though possibly as early as May 4. • Displaced teachers will have first priority to choose vacancies at their site and then within the district. • Displaced employees will have 48 hours to make their choice. See LAYOFFS • page 9

By Gabriana Marks

No longer solely a playground
issue, bullying has become rampant in the workplace. It’s a problem for more than 53 million Americans, according to a 2010 WBI-Zogby scientific national poll ( The study also found 34.4 percent of Americans report personally being bullied. Workplace bullying is defined as “repeated mistreatment, sabotage of others that prevented work from getting done, verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation or humiliation.” See BULLY • page 9

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Teachers Strong

Union Negotiates Settlement in Layoffs ............................... 1 Workplace Bullying on the Rise ........................................... 1 PVFT Teachers Rally ........................................................... 2 Teachers Serving Breakfast in the Classroom ..................... 3 Hundreds Gather at CFT Convention .................................. 4 PVUSD 2011-2012 Calendar .............................................. 10 PVFT Upcoming Events ...................................................... 11 Connect Online .................................................................... 11 Comics, Puzzle & More ....................................................... 12

Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter

April 2011

More Than 100 Rally for Teacher Rights
By Jenn Laskin

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. On Monday, April 4, 2011, local coalitions participated in nationwide actions to support Wisconsin workers, public services and the middle class. Organizers of the rally at the Santa Cruz County Government Center stated, “Dr. King was killed in Memphis, TN, where he had stood with sanitation workers who were struggling for the right to bargain collectively. The
Supporters at the rally wore stickers featuring the message to the left.

actions by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to eliminate collective bargaining — and the gradual eroding of the American middle class — only undermine that struggle.” In Watsonville, more than 100 PVUSD educators and staff members rallied on the main plaza to honking horns and loud community support. We will continue to make our voices heard for educational justice!

Above photos credit: Register-Pajaronian


Below photo credit: RegisterPajaronian


Taxing Richest 1% Additional 1% Could Mean $2.5 Billion for Education, Services
By Josh Pechthalt, CFT President California Progress Report

The California Federation of
Teachers (CFT) recently released new polling results showing 78 percent of voters support increasing income taxes on the top 1 percent of Californians by 1 percent. Such a tax would return the richest Californians close to the rate they paid in the mid-1990s, when Pete Wilson was governor. CFT is calling for the progressive tax to be part of a package to resolve California’s budget crisis.

Josh Pechthalt CFT President Elect “Visionary Leadership for Challenging Times” 2

Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter

April 2011

Teacher or Custodian? Breakfast in the Classroom Brings Added Duties
By Gabriana Marks

While the importance of breakfast
is not in question, the implementation of the Breakfast in the Classroom program is causing tension. “It does take extra time,” said one second-grade teacher. “I’m lucky to have wonderful parents helping, but not everyone has that. Still, it cuts into instructional time.” Administrators put forth two reasons for the School Breakfast Programs (SBP):

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Children who eat breakfast will score higher on math tests. The district can earn extra revenue by serving more breakfasts. Though some teachers support the program, more than half of those surveyed at one elementary school were against it. Reasons cited included less instructional time, spilt milk and the ensuing stench, ants and loss of crucial teacher prep time. program’s profits require the free services of the classroom teacher, a consequence that has the union in talks with the district. Breakfast at the Break is another option that’s been discussed.

“Research consistently shows that hungry students cannot learn,” according to former State Superintendent of Public Education, Jack O’Connell. “The SBP is an easy way to enhance children’s health and improve their academic achievement.” Higher testing scores would be universally celebrated, however, given the reduced instructional time from the current SBP, it’s difficult to expect less teaching to produce higher scores.

The program is currently being implemented at Starlight, HA Hyde, “Breakfast in the Classroom Calabasas and detracts from the academic focus Itʼs difficult to expect Landmark elementary schools. Ann Soldo of the less teaching Elementary is the next classroom,” said another teacher to produce higher school set to begin Breakfast in the who rolled out scores. Classroom. the program to her class Union leaders have filed a recently. “We should better utilize grievance regarding this issue. In the cafeteria.” the meantime, teachers must abide by district mandates regarding No classified staff is paid for this breakfast. PVFT is working closely classroom food service. Students with site reps and teachers at pick up wagons from the cafeteria affected schools. and then teachers monitor the distribution and clean up. The

Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter

April 2011

Hundreds Gather at CFT Convention
By Jenn Laskin

The 69th annual California
Federation of Teachers 2011 Convention was held March 18 to 20 in Manhattan Beach. The theme was “Standing Up, Standing Together, Speaking Out.” PVFT sent 12 delegates to the convention. In a time of great challenges for public education, the convention provided members with the opportunity to work together to make changes for the better — for ourselves, for our students, and for California. At the center of the convention was a discussion and debate around education and union policy. Much of this came from the resolutions submitted by locals and committees of the CFT.

enjoy today, and which need continuous protection as we go forward. We also elected new CFT President Josh Pechthalt and new Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Frietas. The CFT's vitality and democracy depend on participation in the convention by delegates from all locals in good standing representing all the divisions — classified, community college, early childhood/K-12, adult education and university — of the CFT. This year was very successful. Our delegates attended workshops on political organizing, retirement issues, workplace bullying, the CA Dream Act and union communication. Captivating speakers, such as the President of the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers, also addressed the convention. PVFT sponsored a resolution calling for a moratorium on methyl iodide use, which was passed unanimously. CFT also recognized PVFT’s Jenn Laskin and Manny Ballesteros for being core marchers in the March for California’s Future. Want more convention details? Ask the delegates: Liliana Barrios Don Brown Bertha Carlos Jack Carroll Andy Hsia Coron Kathleen Kilpatrick Louis LaFortune Jennifer Laskin Mike Melville Sarah Ringler Francisco Rodriguez Mamiche Young

CFT's vitality and democracy depend on delegate participation in the convention.

This year we also remembered 100 years of free speech battles that produced, often with great sacrifice from our members and others, the rights we

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April 2011

Furlough Day Packing

Workshop Strives to Eliminate Racism
By Jenn Laskin

Four PVFT members recently
attended the Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism workshop on “Undoing Institutional Racism.” The People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond, a 30-year old organizational expert in training communities on overcoming racism, facilitated this event.

By Jack Carroll

Some teachers choose to pack up
their classrooms after the school year ends. In the past, this has not been a problem. However, this year, because of the furlough days, it could be. Our contract does not limit what teachers volunteer to do on the furlough days, but if a custodian is asked to work on those furlough days, that’s not “volunteering,” and their agreement with the district gives them those days off. If someone other than a classified employee, for example, your principal, is available to unlock your building and disable the alarm, you may volunteer to pack your room during furlough days. This will be a site-by-site possibility. Your principal is not obliged to work during the furlough days. If your principal is under the impression that teachers are forbidden to volunteer during the furlough days, please notify a union officer so that we may clarify the facts.

our organization and will help expand the knowledge about this The workshop moved beyond a challenging and sometimes focus on the symptoms ignored topic. It is our hope that in of racism to an understanding of sharing information, we all can what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and make our community a much healthier, safer, and balanced how it can be undone. place. The core of the workshop’s Through dialogue, reflection, rolesystemic approach emphasized playing, strategic planning and learning from history, developing presentations, this intensive leadership, maintaining process challenged participants to accountability to communities, analyze the structure of power and creating networks, undoing privilege that hinder racial equity. internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of All of our teachers received full organizational gate-keeping as a scholarships for this workshop. If mechanism for you are interested in attending a perpetuating racism. June workshop with SCCCOR, call the PVFT office to register. The information was valuable to

Annual Labor Awards Dinner
Friday, April 29, 2011 Cocktails: 6 p.m. & Dinner: 7 p.m. Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa One Old Golf Course Road Monterey, Calif. 93940 (Sloat Avenue at Mark Thomas Drive)

At this celebration of solidarity, the Monterey
Bay Central Labor Council will honor outstanding unionists of the year from more than 60 different unions. These activists are leading local efforts on the front lines — securing gains for working families throughout the Central Coast.

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Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter

April 2011

Thank You to Michael’s on Main
By Gabriana Marks

More than 80 union members
gathered for PVFT’s Teacher Happy Hour at Michael’s on Main’s creekside garden patio in Soquel on a balmy Friday evening in March. PVFT thanks Michael’s on Main for their generosity, delectable appetizers and wonderful service! Teachers enjoyed special happy

hour deals, live music and socializing with other local teachers and union reps. We hope to see you at the next one!

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PVFT Charters Retiree Chapter
By Lowell Hurst

Retired teachers have a wonderful
opportunity to further serve the community and share their skills and knowledge through a retiree’s chapter. Their collective wisdom and experience can be a powerful influence for improving public education and building a better future. Retirees also need to keep an eye on health care, pension and

quality of life issues, and a way to stay in contact with each other. Lowell Hurst retired in June after 32 years with PVUSD and can be reached through the PVFT office.


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Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter

April 2011

Union History and Culture Rooted in Safety and Rights
By Jason Zasky

Today it’s not uncommon to hear
an employer or employee speak metaphorically of “putting out fires”

at work. But once upon a time, at the Triangle Waist Company in downtown Manhattan, employees periodically found themselves extinguishing real fires while on the job. Usually, a pail of water was enough to snuff out a potential conflagration, but on Saturday March 25, 1911, a fire that began in a bin of scrap fabric could not be contained. By the time it was extinguished a half-hour later, the now infamous Triangle fire had claimed 146 lives making it the worst workplace disaster in New York history, a dubious distinction it held for more than 90 years. Read more: index.php/feature/article/ the_triangle_shirtwaist_fire/ #ixzz1Je0MYVMM
The home of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, now known as New York University’s Brown Building. Photo by Andrew Dolkart.

The first Labor Day
made up of representatives from many local unions. Debate continues to this day as to who originated the idea of a workers' holiday, but it definitely emerged from the ranks of organized labor at a time when they wanted to demonstrate the strength of their burgeoning movement and inspire improvements in their working conditions.
The Library of Congress American Memory, Today in History 7

On September 5, 1882, some
10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America's first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall, past reviewing stands in Union Square, and then uptown to 42nd Street,

the workers and their families gathered in Wendel's Elm Park for a picnic, concert and speeches. This first Labor Day celebration was eagerly organized and executed by New York’s Central Labor Union, an umbrella group

Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter

April 2011

Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts
By Donna Cooper, Center for American Progress, A nonprofit promoting “progressive ideas for a strong, just and free America”

House leaders are unfortunately
restricting their proposed budget cuts for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 to non-security discretionary spending in an attempt to tame a $1.3 trillion deficit. This approach is especially shortsighted since the Federal Treasury loses twice as much revenue due to tax breaks than Congress appropriates on all non-security discretionary spending. The chart to the right compares the 10 safety-net programs slated for deep cuts with the cost of the tax breaks that should also be considered for reduction or elimination to bring the budget into balance. The column on the left is a list of safety-net programs that have already been targets of the House leadership’s budget ax. The column on the right is the cost to specified tax breaks (see bottom of full article for sources).

This article and chart have been excerpted from Center for American Progress. To view the full article, please visit issues/2011/02/ tax_breaks_infographic.html


Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter
LAYOFFS • from page 1 • Teachers requesting transfers will then be given the opportunity to interview for open positions for which they qualify. • Teachers with rehire rights will have the next priority by seniority date. • All temporary teachers who want to maintain a position with PVUSD must submit a letter of intent to the district, with a copy to PVFT for verification. • A list of laid-off unit members with 39-month rehire rights will be used to fill any remaining vacancies with all Permanents placed before Probationaries in order of seniority. When a vacancy is offered to a teacher, the teacher will have 48 hours to accept it. If the 48 hours passes without an acceptance, the position will be offered to the next teacher in line. When the vacancies are posted, check your phone messages and your email so you don't miss your offer. Both HR and PVFT will be aware of offers as they are made and accepted. BULLY • from page 1

April 2011
Similar resolutions are being adopted across the country. Bullying victims may suffer emotional devastation (anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder), compromised physical health (migraine, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes), loss of social support and a negative economic impact.

Some examples of bullying include: • Unwarranted or invalid criticism. • Blame without factual justification. • Being treated differently than the rest of your work group. • Being sworn at. • Exclusion or social isolation. • Being shouted at or being humiliated. • Being the target of practical jokes. • Excessive monitoring. In 2007, the San Francisco City Council adopted the Healthy Workplace Resolution, which prohibits workplace bullying.

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What to do if you think you are being bullied:

Share your experience
Talk to someone you trust, someone who will support you and provide a fresh perspective and sympathetic ear.

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Make a record
Keep a diary of details and events. Include names of witnesses and any emails or relevant correspondence.

Seek advice and support
Contact someone who can help you. It may be your manager, another manager, a member of the human resources team, counseling service or a union representative.

Get a G Don’t rip, Pink Slip

Teachers wore these stickers in protest of pink slips on March 15, 2011.

Who to Call... PVFT Office 831.722.2331


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April 2011

Mark your calendars...
Date April 22-29 Friday, April 29 Monday, May 9 Tuesday, May 10 Wednesday, May 11, Event: 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 Thursday, May 19 Wednesday, May 25 Friday, May 27 Friday, June 3 Spring Break Annual Labor Awards Dinner, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council Site Rep. & General Membership Meeting All PVFT North Zone Meeting with Fiscal Update, Layoffs & Rehiring Day of the Teacher Celebration, Mexican American Educators, Pajaro Valley Chapter PVUSD School Board Meeting All PVFT South Zone Meeting with Fiscal Update, Layoffs & Rehiring PVUSD School Board Meeting PVFT End of the Year Celebration Last Day of School Event Enjoy! Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa in Monterey District Office Board Room TBD Jalisco’s Restaurant District Office Board Room TBD District Office Board Room TBD Hooray! Location


PVFT Office 90A Mariposa Avenue Watsonville, Calif. 95076 Phone: 831.722.2331 Email: Web:


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Meet a Few of the PVFT Staff

Francisco Rodriguez President

Jack Carroll Chief Negotiator

Jenn Laskin Grievance Officer

Nubia Padilla Treasuer

Gabriana Marks Office Manager

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