Welcome back from Spring Break!
We’ve spent the last two days at CAVA’s offices in Simi Valley taking part in fact finding. We were joined by colleagues from across the state who presented about the importance of commonsense caseload protections and helped us deliver our Caseload Unity Petition that already has been signed by 338 of our colleagues.
During fact finding, we presented why we believe caseload protections are important so we can provide enough attention to our students. We believe reasonable caseloads will help us create more stability at our school, cut down on both teacher and student turnover, and help us improve student performance. We believe CAVA can afford improved caseloads and should prioritize this for the health of our school. CAVA administration presented why they believe caseload limits are not necessary due to their current practice of a school-wide 25/1 student to teacher ratio, that includes Regional Lead Teachers as well as others who are not part of our bargaining unit. They suggested it would be too difficult to limit statewide caseloads for teachers. Though we tried to get to a workable compromise, no agreement was reached.
A three-person panel comprised of one CVEU designee, one CAVA designee and a neutral party listened to the presentations. In the upcoming weeks the panel will issue a non-binding report. Because of the already extensive delays in the fact finding process CVEU will be encouraging the panel to issue the report as soon as possible. In preparation that an agreement is not reached soon, CVEU strike captains will start working with their members to organize for a possible strike.
Our hope is we will be able to reach agreement in the weeks to come and no strike will be necessary. However, we must be prepared in case no agreement is reached. Resolving this issue is so important to the future of our school. Through union meetings, one on one conversations, calls and our petition, our colleagues have emphasized the critical importance of reaching agreement on caseloads.
No later than April 10th, we will launch our strike preparation program out of our weekly strike captain meeting. Expect to see a newsletter following that meeting with a calendar of activities and also to hear from your rep or strike captain.
If you have any questions about Fact Finding, about a possible strike, or want to know how you can best help us finalize our union contract, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CVEU Organizing Committee