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Plan to end management pay boost follows protest

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Travis Unified Teachers Association President Jeanette Wylie leads teachers and classified employees in a protest Tuesday, at the Travis Education Center. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | June 11, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — More than 100 teachers and classified employees protested a management pay boost outside the site of a closed session Tuesday by Travis School District trustees – whose president later announced that trustees will take up a measure to rescind the pay increase.

Mary Richards, representing the Travis Chapter of the California School Employees Association for classified staff that includes secretaries and custodians, said after the announcement by school board president Ivery Hood that district trustees recognized concerns of the staff.

A 5.1-percent increase for management while teachers and staff received a 3.5-percent increase left employees feeling undervalued, she said.

“They understand how it hurts,” Richards said.

Jeanette Wylie, representing the Travis Unified Teachers Association, said the management pay boost ended a more than 20-year tradition of equal increases for all employee groups.

“If they continued,” Wylie said, “it’s a slap in the face to every employee.”

Hood said at the start of the school board meeting that trustees will take up the measure to rescind the management pay hike at the next board meeting.

During the half-hour protest Tuesday, teachers dressed in orange and classified employees wearing blue chanted slogans opposing the pay increase for management.

Dwayne Adams, a sixth-grade teacher at Scandia Elementary, said it’s good leadership when management leads by example and provides workers the same opportunities afforded management.

“Take care of the troops,” Adams said. “They’ll take care of you.”

He said the last time he protested was 10 years ago over a pay issue and that the current management pay boost “kind of appeared out of nowhere.”

Robert Mattos, a lead custodian for the school district, has been on the negotiating team for 18 years and said he was surprised when Travis ended equal increases for all employee groups.

“We mostly have a new board,” Mattos said of trustees.

CSEA representative Richards told trustees during the school board meeting that management employees are not underpaid compared to districts of similar size in Dixon and Benicia.

“To compare us to Vacaville, Vallejo and Fairfield would not be fair,” Richards said.

Wylie, president of the teachers union, told trustees that during graduation few students would remember administrators making a difference in their lives. But students will recall teachers who influenced and encouraged them.

“Teachers are not worth less to the students,” she said.

Trustees were considering a $44 million budget while teachers have been saving the school district money each year because of salary cuts and increased class sizes, Wylie said.

Board president Hood said after the protest – and before his announcement that trustees will take up a measure to rescind the management pay hike – that he didn’t know that much about the 30-minute demonstration. He said he saw the gathering as he arrived and that the people involved in the protest didn’t pass along any messages to him.

“They really didn’t say anything to me,” Hood said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 11, 2014 - 5:56 am

    A victory for accountability

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  • 2realJune 11, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Money money money MOOOONNEY!

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  • clancyJune 11, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Good for them ! Now let's start with other employers . say s local "community" bank. You know who you are.

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  • MarkJune 11, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Best paid school employee's in the area and all they want is more money. Bunch of whiners if you ask me. How many people in the private sector haven't gotten any pay increase the last couple of years? And Ms. Wylie contention of equal pay increases for the last 20 years simply isn't true. Now that teacher tenure in California is out the window, maybe they'll be a little more thankful they still have a job.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 11, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    So you champion the idea that people should be thankful they have a job? Thats pitching the nose down as you race to the bottom. Public sector jobs pay has not gone through the rough, the private sector pay has suffered, thanks to trickle down economics. So now the job that provided security with lesser pay, now seems like the better job. When in fact the private sector jobs have declined so much, people are jealous of someone with security.

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  • Danny BuntinJune 11, 2014 - 11:38 pm

    "roof" not "rough"

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  • Mr. SmithJune 11, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    School district mangement employees do not engage in formal "collective bargaining" with the school board--they instead engage in process of "collective begging" and rely on the board to dispense whatever largesse the board feels inclined to give, or not give. In this case, the board must have been impressed enough with the "begging" of management to break tradition in the TUSD and give managers more than the other units. Further, the board must have known this would stir up the unions and create a stink, yet they still did it. Why? What was the compelling argument for a larger pay increase for management, and why did the board then knuckle under to the unions so meekly? Maybe I missed all this information in earlier articles, but there seems to be more to this story than has been presented here.

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  • Dog and Pony showJune 11, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    A little sidenote here: There may have been over a 100 for the photo-op, but as soon as the reporter got his story, about 90% of them left and went home.

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