For educators in PUSD, our union contract should be as vital as our student gradebook or lesson planner. It is a critical document that is the culmination of the collective bargaining process. Understanding it and how it came about is critical to understanding how UTP impacts its members’ professional life in profound ways.
At least once every month, the union and the school district sit down to negotiate the terms for working in the district. UTP has more than 1,000 members, and the Bargaining Team bargains the Contract defining the issues for all members of the bargaining unit: teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses, psychologists, and speech language pathologists.
Enduring and meaningful organizing is from the ground up, brick by brick—not top down. The committee works quietly, behind the scenes, persistently asking questions and pushing leaders to take action con ánimo—with great enthusiasm.
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE - Manuel Carcido (PHS History Teacher), Chairperson
The UTP Political Action Committee (PAC) works to make sure the voices of students and teachers are heard in our local schools and communities throughout the district. Over the years, elected officials supported by the UTP PAC have helped change the face of public education in PUSD, scoring wins for students, local schools and teachers. Whether it is a local bond issue or establishing new educational standards, teachers must be involved in the decisions that directly affect our public schools and students. The UTP PAC makes sure our message is heard.
The committee is the political action arm of UTP, providing campaign funding for UTP.
Meeting several times a year, the UTP PAC screens applications for campaign funding that can be used for mailings, advertisements, and other costs of a local campaign.
Members of the UTP PAC are approved by the UTP Executive Board and Representative Council. The committee recommends funding to the UTP Executive Board and Representative Council. The UTP Executive Board and Representative Council make all final funding decisions.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE - Jonathan Gardener (PHS Science Teacher), Chairperson
The committee is chaired by the UTP Vice President and oversees UTP social activities including the winter holiday celebration, the Day of the Teacher celebration, and the retirement celebration.
SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The committee believes that students with exceptional needs must be educated in the most appropriate placement and that many of these children can benefit by instruction in regular education classes. Class size/caseload limits are vital to supporting educators’ efforts to educate these students, and full funding is crucial to the program’s success.