Sacramento, Calif.- by Robert J Hansen
The Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) is on strike today after negotiations with Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) failed.
The SCTA and SEIU Local 1021 are already at the picket lines at the Serna Center, unions represent more than 2,800 Sacramento educators and 1,800 staff like bus drivers and custodians.
Educator Mo Kashmiri said the picket line is up early at the SCUSD headquarters.
“Over three thousand students go everyday in our District without a teacher and 500 or more still haven’t been assigned a permanent teacher,” Kashmiri said on Facebook. “It’s about recruitment, retention, and respect. No more unfair labor practices. Let’s make SCUSD a destination district.”
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg released a statement on the school strike.
“For the sake of kids, parents, teachers, and all Sac City workers, I implore the parties to continue to do everything possible to end this strike immediately,” Steinberg said.
“Kids have missed enough school. Their education and mental health are at stake. They will continue to suffer if the adults continue to fight amongst themselves.”
The Mayor said that unless and until the leaders who possess real power commit to some form of working together, nothing will change.
“Many will say, it’s impossible for the two sides to come to a resolution. The distrust and dislike is too deep,” Steinberg said. “Friends don’t need to make peace. Adversaries must.”
Steinberg said with the war happening in Ukraine we are seeing many sacrificing for the basic freedoms Americans enjoy every day.
“Let’s all have perspective and do more to rise above the divisions in our own community. Every moment of great tension is also a moment of possible breakthroughs. For our kids, may this be that moment,” Steinberg said.