On October 11, 2023, teachers from San Francisco Unified gathered at Balboa High School to vote on the possibility of a districtwide strike. However, early on October 20, the union declared a tentative agreement with the district, quelling concerns about a potential walkout.
The union stated on X (previously known as Twitter) that since initiating this process in March, both educators and families have been actively rallying, picketing, and advocating for the quality of education that students deserve.
The tentative deal outlines that full-time teachers will receive a $9,000 salary increase in the first year of their new two-year contract, followed by an additional 5% raise in the subsequent year. The agreement also sets a minimum hourly wage of $30 for district employees and grants substitute teachers a 15% salary increase over the span of two years. Additionally, substitutes working in the highest-need schools will receive an extra $80 per day.
This agreement is still subject to approval by both the union members and the school board. Nonetheless, it has alleviated concerns about a districtwide strike, which teachers had overwhelmingly voted in favor of authorizing last week if a reasonable agreement could not be reached.
This tentative agreement comes on the heels of another deal reached earlier this week between the district and approximately 1,000 non-teaching staff members, such as custodians and cafeteria workers. That agreement includes a 16% salary hike over a two-year period.
This story is still unfolding and will be updated as more information becomes available.