Tucson Education Association

"Promoting Excellence in Education"

Help Stop the Attack on Prop208! Make it clear again that THE PEOPLE voted to fund Public Education!

The rumors are true! The referendum Petitions are here at the TEA office and are awaiting your signatures an motivation to get others to sign !

We know that school is only a few days away but we also know that if these referendums don't make it to the ballot this November, the impact on Prop 208 funding will be huge!

In case you are new to the state or still on vacation mode, the following summaries should help:

Referendum on SB1783 - allows wealthy individuals to file their taxes as small businesses so they can avoid the extra surcharge stipulated in Prop 208

SB 1827: caps the taxpayers total tax rate at 4.5%. Public Education funding will be further underfunded by as much as $300 million EVERY year.

SB 1828: cuts the number of tax brackets from five to two.

Let's work together once more to make sure Prop 208 remains true to its original intent. Come on down to the TEA headquarters - 5447 E 5th st - suite 100 - every Saturday from 9am -1PM (or a weekday afternoon) and pick up your petitions and don't forget to get your neighbors and friends to sign them as well! Hope to see you soon!

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Dear Members!

We have been a very active Union this month! Last week we held a town hall to discuss ESSER (COVID relief) funding and this week, we had a standout to welcome back School Board members to in-person meetings. We held an ESSER Funding Rally in the parking lot with great results! No doubt by now you have heard that everyone who has been working this past year will finally be given what they deserve in the form of a stipend – this INCLUDES Classified workers!

In total, all employees working over half time will receive at least $1,700, with individuals who had to work on campus prior to vaccines being widely available able to receive up to $2,700. TEA was able to increase stipend amounts as well as simplify the structure of the payouts to assure ESPs would not be shorted on their stipends. While we still believe TUSD staff deserve more for the extremely challenging year we’ve persevered through, these stipends are above average for stipends being paid by comparable districts, are much more equitable for support staff, and recognize the sacrifices of those required to work on campus during the height of the pandemic. It is also important to note, these stipends are separate from normal compensation. TEA is still in negotiations over regular raises and/or additional one-time stipends from non-ESSER funding sources. It is also important to note that TUSD has 2-3 years to expend ESSER funds, so conversations on the use of available ESSER funds will be ongoing.

The stipends will be broken up into two payments with the first being paid in June. For workers who have been on campus prior to 4th quarter – without vaccines and limited PPE – those workers will get $1,000. For those who transitioned to campus this 4th quarter, you will receive $500. If you are a part of both groups, for example, many ExEd teachers, you will get $1500!

The second stipend will be a $1,200 retention stipend, paid by Fall Break of the 2021/2022 school year. Employees working less than half time will recieve$600. Substitutes and supplemental staff will also receive stipends under this plan.

We also just got word that summer school teachers will get a $10 raise to $35 per hour!

ALL employees will shortly receive a survey about ESSER funding - something TEA has been advocating for - because we are all in this together and deserve a voice in how our district rebuilds from this pandemic!

Reps! Don't forget – ZOOM Site rep meeting next Wednesday at 5:00 PM (We will have results for the Representative Assembly and final counts for the Delegate Assembly.

All members - Please remember this month is the month to sign up for the Health benefits package with the district!

Negotiations will continue for final wage and salary amount – we will continue to press for a better way, better wages, and better work conditions for our membership! We count on you and you can count on us!

In Solidarity,

M.Chaney

Margaret Chaney, President

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UPCOMING EVENTS!

April 24th is our first ever, ESP Townhall!

Education Support Professionals are the largest group of workers in TUSD. Join TEA and your fellow ESPs to discuss the issues we're facing and make a plan to win!

When: Saturday, April 24 @ 11 a.m.

Where: Reid Park (SW corner parking lot)

CLICK HERE to register

Why is TEA membership important?

Chris Kloth, a 3rd year teacher, gives his viewpoint.

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