Sacramento Students Return to School After 12-Day Teachers Strike

Sacramento City Unified students returned to class on Monday, April 4 after a 12-day teachers strike. After a series of failed talks, the Sacramento Teachers Union and SEIU Local 1021 reached an agreement on Sunday, April 3 that will give staff more pay and retain benefits that were previously at risk.

The full agreement can be read here. It includes:

  • Raises of 4% 
  • A 3% one-time stipend for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
  • A one-time $1,250 payment for SCTA-represented staff
  • An increase of 25% in the daily pay for substitutes who filled in during the 2021-22 school year
  • An additional 14 days of sick leave for substitute teachers with COVID
  • An additional 3 paid days for professional learning in the 2022-23 school year
  • 100% health coverage

“We value and respect our district staff who provide critical supports for our students and the agreements reached with SCTA and SEIU are as generous as possible within the realistic fiscal constraints of our district’s budget,” said SCUSD Board of Education President Christina Pritchett. “The fact remains that education in California is underfunded. Our district’s staffing shortage is ongoing, and we need more staff to fully meet our students’ needs. We are ready to work with our labor partners to advocate for investments in public education, and hope that projected state revenues dedicated to increasing the Local Control Funding Formula will materialize. Additional resources will allow our district to offer additional fair and competitive compensation for employees while also responsibly planning for economic uncertainty. We are committed to keep our community informed about the reality of our district budget outlook.”