SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento City Teachers Association says it has postponed its one-day strike scheduled for May 22 to protest what they have called their district’s “refusal to honor promises” laid out in a November 2017 agreement.
The union made the announcement Thursday at the headquarters of the Sacramento City Unified School District. SCTA then released a statement, which reads in part:
The decision to postpone the strike follows the announcement of State Superintendent Tony Thurmond that he would convene representatives from the District, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), and the California Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT) in an effort to achieve labor peace and address the District’s budget crisis.
SCTA has been in a dispute with the district over a $35 million budget deficit, which puts the district at risk of being taken over by the state. Significant spending cuts will have to be made within the district before a deadline set for June.
SCUSD approved the elimination of 178 jobs earlier this month. Of those, 59 are staff members that are retiring or resigning to take jobs in other districts. But 102 of the positions are those who want the job but are getting laid off.
A one-day SCTA strike was also held last month. In response to April’s strike, SCUSD issued the following statement:
District Administrators and Board Members spent today visiting school sites meeting with and listening to our students, educators, staff and families. The message we heard from our community was clear—they do not want to be caught in the middle of a fight between leaders of the SCTA and District. While our community understands we have a $35 million budget deficit and are at risk of state takeover, they want all of us working on solutions to this problem, not on fighting with each other. We will be honoring Board President Jessie Ryan’s call for a ‘cease fire’ agreement between the District and SCTA. While we had originally planned to file an unfair labor practice charge against SCTA challenging the legality of today’s strike, we have chosen not to file that charge today. Instead, we will focus on working together with a coalition of labor, business, community, and elected officials to avoid a state takeover and address our budget challenges.