California Educator

April/May 2024

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Bargaining Roundup Compiled by Julian Peeples P L E A S A N T O N : Deal reached days before planned strike Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT ) members were only days away from going on strike in mid-March when they reached a tentative agreement that will provide an overall compensation increase of 13.22%. After months of bargaining with little progress, APT mem- bers stepped up their organizing and nearly unanimously approved a strike authorization vote. This after declaring impasse last October. Highlights of the agreement include smaller high school class sizes, a 10% on-schedule salary increase, fully paid Kai- ser health care coverage, increased stipends, and improved credit for years of service. Following the release of a neutral fact-finder 's report, Pleasanton Unified had imposed its "last, best and final offer " but reached out to APT leadership to ask them to continue negotiations to attempt to reach a deal. "While we didn't get everything we wanted, we were able to get an agreement that supports our guiding principles of APT —best class sizes and caseloads, best resources and supports, and best educators, which will help to give our Pleasanton students the best," APT President Cheryl Atkins told Pleasan- ton Weekly. "We thank our community, parents and students that reached out to the school board and district management to support our efforts." D U B L I N : Educators Prepared to Strike Win Agreement Dublin Teachers Association (DTA) always strive for the best for their students, particularly retaining and recruiting the best educators. To that end, DTA organized and escalated for months, including authorizing a strike. DTA won a tentative agreement a week before potentially going on strike. Details of the deal were not known as of press time. DTA contract work was part of the DTA Student Success campaign and members were focused on a pay increase and other improvements. Educators packed school board meetings and built a movement in their fight for the best schools for all Dublin students. 42 Advocacy

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