A Message from VTA President, Barbara Franklin:
It is with a sad heart and strong voice that I announce the mediator sent the VTA and VUSD to fact-finding today. The District refuses to move from their "fair Share" that they offered in October. They expect teachers to just give into their request to let them put more funds in their savings account. They refuse to offer VTA a fair and reasonable contract based on the facts and not the misrepresentation and incompetence touted by the CFO, Donna Caperton,Donna has been wrong every year she has worked here by millions of dollars.
As a new tactic, VUSD today has blocked all VTA emails going to our members at their sites. Our contract states:
The Association shall have the right to use the VUSD internet to communicate information about meetings with its Bargaining Unit Members. This usage shall not include political action."
Including an agenda for the upcoming meeting is not political, we do not talk about candidates or elections in the emails yet the District wants to now stop us from communicating with our members.
We will send this email to all private emails we have on file. If you have not received messages from VTA please call us or email us your private email address. Send this email to all members at your site or post it on your VTA bulletin board.
We will conduct unit member meetings starting this Wednesday and have a strike vote. We will explain what this means and next steps. Please visit our Facebook page as well for updates. We have put in a request to have the meeting Wednesday, May 7th at Temple Heights in their gym and as soon as we get confirmation tomorrow I will email members to let them know.
We need every voice heard for the strike vote, come to the meetings and let your voice be heard.
VTA President and Bargaining Team: