From Our President
April 26 School Board Meeting
To quote Yogi Berra, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” So after 7 years without a raise, we settled last year for a multi-year 7% raise plus another 5.5% increase for more work: parent engagement and collaboration. The contentious evaluation language was put to rest. A fair settlement was ...
New Contract Work Provisions
July 22, 2015 2015-16 Contractual Additional Work Information August 6 and 7 Professional Development Days - These are required work days in which you will report to an assigned room at one of the 4 comprehensive high schools on August 6th and 7th. These days will go from 8:00 to 3:00. ...
Fact-Finding in 3 Minutes
Board remarks 3-10-15. I would like to recognize the members of the board for taking on the responsibility of being an elected official giving direction to the largest school district in San Joaquin County. Your attempts to bring a resolution to our bargaining crisis are appreciated and you have caused some ...
Record Remarks for Members
This was my initial response to The Record, but it was too lengthy and too technical for the public. However, it is easily understood by those in our profession and this is a good way to keep informed. There has been a series of inaccurate statements published by The Record and ...
September 9 Board Remarks
Apparently both sides want to settle, so what’s the holdup? I want you to understand, from the teacher’s viewpoint, why we don’t have a contract. It is not because of money. Teachers deserve a decent raise, but we didn't choose this profession for money. We ...
New STA President: John Steiner
I’ve been a teacher in SUSD for twenty-eight years. Twenty seven of those years at were at Stagg High. During that time, I served as Science Department chair, School Site Council chair, Stagg Faculty Association co-chair, STA Executive Board Director and STA Treasurer. I’ve always believed in being involved and ...
Board Remarks – May 13, 2014
Good evening President Garcia, Board members, and Superintendent. Tonight I would like to take my three minutes to give you a bargaining update. I know you regularly receive them in closed session, but I think it’s important you hear our update and be able to compare it to what you ...
Board Remarks – April 22, 2014
Good evening President Garcia, School Board Members, and Supt. Lowder. I’d like to take a few minutes to discuss the differences between increased compensation and a raise. Although both circumstances can result in an employee receiving more money, the bottom line is not the only line to consider. I’m sure you would ...
SUSD Board Remarks – April 8, 2014
Good evening President Garcia, Board members, Supt. Lowder. I’m Ellen Old and I represent over 1800 teachers in SUSD. I want to thank the board for its Resolution 13-40 designating May 14, 2014 as Day of the Teacher (It’s a Consent Item, so I’m not sure how much time you ...
SUSD Board Remarks – Mar. 11, 2014
Good evening President Garcia, Trustees, and Superintendent, As President of Stockton Teachers Association, I come to you tonight to ask you reconsider going forward with Resolution 13-39, which authorizes the district to investigate Facility Sites -- in other words, look for another district building. The issue, of course, is the use ...
About the President
I've been a teacher in SUSD for twenty-eight years. Twenty seven of those
years at were at Stagg High. During that time, I served as Science Department
chair, School Site Council chair, Stagg Faculty Association co-chair, STA
Executive Board Director and STA Treasurer. I've always believed in being
involved and working to improve situations. Over the years, I've found that
while it's easy to complain about how those in positions of power often
adversely affect your working conditions, it's more productive to get involved
and work together to improve conditions.
I became a teacher to work with a group of professionals I respect and admire. We are not a greedy group, but we deserve a reasonable wage. Those who do not understand our profession try to dictate what they think our students need. As teachers, we have the experience and education to meet the needs of our students and give them the skills and education they deserve. Our students deserve nothing less. Let's take back our profession!
STA offers the most effective avenue for teachers to have their voices heard to implement better working conditions and achieve better student outcomes. The power of STA comes from our members (YOU). Teachers serving on various committees, Executive Board, and Rep Council have my deepest admiration and respect for volunteering their time to represent all of us. The more member involvement we have, the stronger we become.
Support our union. Support yourself.
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