San Francisco teachers say pay issues still unresolved
SAN FRANCISCO – More than a month after San Francisco teachers held a sleepover at San Francisco Unified School District headquarters demanding changes to a glitched payroll system, many of those teachers say the problem still hasn’t been resolved. resolved.
Washington High School teachers took their concerns to the streets. Dozens of high school teachers protested at district headquarters, saying they were still not getting their due. “We have a job to do. We have a job to do, which we did without being paid,” said Dante Popalisky.
Washington high school teachers protested outside the San Francisco Unified School district payroll office. About 30 high school teachers said they worked, but still don’t see the salary.
“Today is a reaction to the fact that they did a great job right after dark, right after we came in,” said Chris Clauss. “But, we haven’t seen any movement since.”
In mid-March, a group of teachers took over part of the district headquarters by hosting a slumber party, outraged by a new payroll system that bypassed teachers across the district. School district officials said at the time that they would work to resolve the issues, but some teachers are still in limbo.
Sarita Lavin is a new teacher and says technical issues caused her to be underpaid to the tune of $10,000. “So that’s a pretty big amount of money, a big gap in my salary,” Lavin said.
She said trying to resolve the issue has been a bureaucratic roundabout. “The payroll office never organized anything around us to explain what our paycheck should look like, how to read it, where there might be discrepancies,” Lavin said. “It all came from the staff here who just worked together and shared information and discovered each other.”
The district said in March that the situation was unacceptable. SFUSD said some of the larger issues have been resolved, what is happening now are individual cases that need to be resolved on an individual basis, and that takes time. But teachers say they don’t have the luxury of time. “We want SFUSD to release an accessible and transparent pathway for educators to rectify future compensation issues,” Popalisky said. “No more ‘file a support ticket’.”
KTVU heard from San Francisco United Educators who said Washington high school teachers aren’t the only ones still struggling, they believe hundreds of other teachers are in the same boat.
The school district again apologized for what it called the unforeseen challenges facing staff and is committed to ensuring that every staff member in the district receives their due.