Alliance Spends 2011 Protecting the Rights of Employees

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As another year comes to an end, we decided to take some time and reflect on the accomplishments we achieved this year. Before the 2011-2012 school year even began, the Alliance spent the summer fighting for the employees in SAISD.

In June, administration recommended doing away with the 7 ½ hour workday for teachers. Alliance President, Shelley Potter, was there to remind the SAISD School Board that the 7 ½ hour workday policy was put into place to protect excessive abuses of the workday. Many Alliance members also spoke to the board voicing their concerns. In the end, the school board voted down administration’s proposal. The Alliance was the ONLY organization to lobby board members, the only organization to speak out on this issue, and the only organization with representatives present at the board meeting.

Also in June, the Alliance worked with the Employees Benefits Committee to secure no premium increase to employees for SAISD health insurance. The Alliance was the ONLY organization to lobby board members, the only organization to speak out on this issue, and the only organization with representatives present at the board meeting.   

In July, the SAISD School Board voted to rescind their decision to keep all third-year probationary teachers on probation for a fourth year. This issue began back in April when the board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to keep all third-year probationary teachers on probation for a fourth year, rather than moving them to continuing contracts. The Alliance was the ONLY organization to lobby board members, the only organization to speak out on this issue, and the only organization
with representatives present at the board meeting.

Throughout this year, the Alliance offered numerous trainings and certification classes for CPR/AED to SAISD employees. The course is 4 hours and certifies employees on how to save lives using Basic Life Support Techniques. The Alliance will continue these courses throughout 2012. The next class will take place on Saturday February 4, 2012.

Also throughout the year, the Alliance co-sponsors, with the district, Foundations of Effective Teaching courses. These courses help new teachers hone their skills in classroom management and effective teaching strategies.

In September, the Alliance filed a grievance on behalf of Pre-K and Head Start teachers and instructional assistants. The grievance addressed significant changes in the Pre-K and Head Start programs. The Alliance was the ONLY organization to lobby board members, the only organization to speak out on this issue, and the only organization with representatives present at the board meeting.

On September 26th, the Alliance filed an associational grievance on behalf of middle school coaches. At the beginning of the school year, middle school football and soccer coaches were informed that the game schedules would be changed from weekdays after school to Saturday mornings. The coaches received no prior notice of this change in schedule. Having examined the teacher contract and the notice of compensation, the Alliance believes that this change in schedule results in eight additional work days for the coaches involved, for which they are not receiving additional compensation. The Alliance was the ONLY organization to work with middle school coaches on this issue.

Also in September, the Alliance filed a group grievance on behalf of food service employees over safety concerns related to new duties placed on the employees this school year. After the district made a decision to cut custodial positions, the duties previously being performed by custodians were now added to the food service employees’ duties. The Alliance was the ONLY organization to lobby board members, the only organization to speak out on this issue, and the only organization with representatives present at the board meeting.

In November, the SAISD School Board voted to reinstate 18 library assistant positions. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the board voted to eliminate the position based on administration’s proposal. After the Alliance spent several months of advocating on behalf of librarians at the split campuses, board members made this issue the top priority during the November board meeting. The Alliance was the ONLY organization to lobby board members, the only organization to speak out on this issue, and the only organization with representatives present at the board meeting.

Throughout the year, the Alliance has also worked with individual members and a wide variety of committees on school-related and work-related issues.

We look forward to embarking into 2012 with SAISD employees! If you have any questions, please contact the Alliance at 210-225-7174.