It’s Teacher Appreciation Week across the nation, and in today’s Unit 3 bargaining session, our Professional Educators and Librarians took a moment of privilege to celebrate by sharing personal stories of how teachers impacted their lives and encourage State negotiators to do the same.

Unit 3’s Sue Knapp is the daughter of a teacher who encouraged her students to explore and enjoy the power of curiosity. Bargaining Unit 3 Chair Bob Holtz built a home in high school and turned it into a career, and team member John Richards talked about how being an educator demands a mix of art and science and that’s how they all make a positive impact on their students.

Our bargaining team continued to press the State for advances in our contract that respect the professional experience and expertise our represented teachers and librarians bring to state service.

We reached agreement on four contract sections – each a step towards our demand for the state to Respect Us! These are “rollover” sections from previous contract wins, preserving our rights.

  • Article 9.19.3 – Light/Limited Duty Assignments
  • Article 10.19.3 – Positive Behavioral Support Training
  • Article 19.19.3 – Work Week Group E or SE
  • Article 21.15.3 – Off-Site Teacher Preparation Time

The seven contract articles listed below were proposed as “rollover” language; the State is reviewing them. Here, too, we’re working to preserve contract language already in existence.

  • Article 11.19.3 Recruitment and Retention Differentials (Unit 3)    
  • Article 13.10.3 Education and Training (Unit 3)
  • Article 25.10.3 CDCR OCE 220 Day Academic Work Year 4/10/40
  • Article 21.12.3 Student Discipline (Unit 3)                                        
  • Article 21.13.3 Student Class Assignment (Unit 3)               
  • Article 25.6.3 Personal Necessity Leave (Unit 3)
  • Article 25.8.3 220 Day Academic Year (Unit 3)

You can review each of our current contract articles online at

A number of proposals are in play—our team and the State are going back and forth on a number of outstanding provisions. As with all our negotiations, we’re working collaboratively to find agreement that achieves the contract priorities of our members.

We look forward to an appearance next week by our Unit 3 brother Ty Kovacs, who works at the Fremont School for the Deaf, who will represent the state special schools as we discuss Article 22 with the State.

Unit 3’s next meeting with the State to win a contract that Respects Us, Protects Us, and Pays Us is set for May 16. To read about what happened in Tuesday’s other bargaining sessions, please visit the Contract Action Center page at

There’s real truth to the Local 1000 slogan, Stronger Together. We only win a great contract with a strong Local 1000 membership. So, if you’re not already a member, we encourage you to join us today