Local 21 SFUSD Chapter Wins 2% Wage Adjustment

From left to right: Members of Local 21 SFUSD Bargaining Team from left to right: Jan Gyn, Haydee Diaz, Susan Chan and David Lanham.

Due to a wage reopener in its current contract, the Local 21 San Francisco Unified School District Chapter has secured an additional 2 percent raise for members. This brings the overall wage increase to 7 percent for Local 21 members at the school district for the current fiscal year.

Over the life the current three-year contract with the District, which expires June 30, 2017, Local 21 SFUSD members will have received 14 percent in wage increases.

“We feel very good about putting more money in our members’ pockets,” Local 21 SFUSD Chapter President Jan Gyn said about the wage adjustment. “This money will be compounded as we receive raises in the future and will help boost our pensions. Nonetheless, we still have to fight for fairer and more competitive wages. Achieving parity with San Francisco city employees in the same classifications who are paid 14 to 20 percent more than we are is one of the main goals of our upcoming negotiations for a new contract.”

Jan Gyn was joined in negotiating the wage adjustment by Local 21 members David Lanham and Haydee Diaz, Chapter Vice President Susan Chan, Local 21 Field Services Director Alex Tonisson, Local 21 Researcher Linda Emin, and staff Representative Ken Thorbourne.

As part of the negotiations, the school district’s Chief of Labor Relations signed an agreement that states in part, “…the San Francisco Unified School District recognizes the ongoing recruitment and retention problems for IFPTE Local 21 represented classifications and is committed to work with the union during 2017 negotiations to help address this problem.”

The 2 percent wage adjustment will take effect Dec. 28 along with a previously negotiated 2.25 percent raise.