UNION CITY (CBS SF) – Teachers at the New Haven Unified School District serving Union City and Hayward returned to the picket lines Tuesday as a strike entered its second week.

While no agreement was reached after 30 hours of contract talks over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, both sides have adjusted their proposals. The teachers’ union is now seeking a 7 percent raise over the next two years, down from its initial demand of 10 percent.

Meanwhile, the district is now offering a 2 percent raise starting in January, up from 1 percent, along with a one-time 3 percent bonus for the current school year.

Teachers at the New Haven Unified School District gather outside Logan High School in Union City as a strike entered its second week, May 28, 2019. (Jackie Ward / CBS)

Teachers at the New Haven Unified School District gather outside Logan High School in Union City as a strike entered its second week, May 28, 2019. (Jackie Ward / CBS)

The district said the cost of its latest offer is $6 million over three years, which is $1 million more than the previous offer, and that would keep New Haven teachers the highest paid in Alameda County.

Still, for third year teacher Nikki Moore, she has to work two other jobs to make ends meet. She makes $72,000 a year as a teacher, but she says about $10,000 of that goes to cover healthcare costs.

“I do want a raise, but I also want to make sure that we’re helping the students as well, because if we get that raise, it’ll mean so much more for the students, more quality teachers,” Moore told KPIX 5 on Monday.

Negotiations are not expected to resume until Wednesday afternoon.

Comments
  1. Somya Infoban says:

    Look closely. New Haven public school teachers, as most K-12 public school teachers in the bay area, appear to be earning far more than Medical Doctors during their career and work far less hours.

    People fail to recognize that government teachers are earning deferred income each year in the form of a “Government Retirement Income Benefit” (STRs). The amount of compensation teachers earn is staggering compared to people working in the private sector. The public is getting swindled. For example, when including the yearly earned deferred income, public K-12 teachers in San Jose earn far more than Medical Doctors during their career. See comparison at: http://somefyi.org/eesd_compare.html

    Is it morally right that government workers are being allowed to strike given that their median earnings far exceed the median earnings of non-government workers having no less education and working longer hours? We can increase public school teachers take home pay significantly if the teachers are willing to give up STRs and have a 401K like the rest of us. Are the teachers willing?

    Government workers have a special obligation to serve and public education is a fundamental protected right. The courts need to step in. If government teachers are willing to strike when enjoying such a high compensation rate, maybe government workers need to become “at-will” employees with a 401K like the rest of us.

    News reporters – Please help the community by investigating and reporting the full compensation K-12 public school teachers are now earning as compared to the public. The public will be stunned.