At 3:30am the SF Board of Education and SEIU 790 leadership reached a tentative agreement on our contract dispute.
This means there will be no strike!
Thanks to all Board members who met past midnight in an especially difficult night of meetings; and to Jill Wynns and Norman Yee who worked with me and our Director of Labor Relations Tom Ruiz and Chief of Policy and Planning Myong Leigh to hammer out the tentative agreement with the SEIU 790 leadship. I also wanted to say that Controller Ed Harrington, Mayor's Chief of Staff Steve Kawa, SF Human Resources Director, and Education Liaison Hydra Mendoza were instrumental in bringing SEIU 790 and the Board together.
Thanks also to SEIU 790 for working with the SF Unified School District also to bring about an end to the labor conflict. It is my understanding that SEIU members now must ratify the contract proposal presented by their leadership. Then the Board of Education must vote on the contract as well probably in the December 13, 2005 Board meeting.I hope this helps San Francisco students, parents, teachers and staff breathe a little easier now...