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Posted inSchools

Berkeley School Board primer: BCCE union contract, compensation report on the agenda

The Berkeley schools Board of Education meets tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 22) for a closed session at 6 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Follow along via the Oct. 22 agenda packet. The board is scheduled to approve a contract for a staff union that has been under negotiation for three years. The board will also approve […]

Posted inCity, Schools

After 3 years of negotiations, Berkeley school district and union reach tentative agreement

A fact-finding panel brought in to assist with talks between the Berkeley Unified School District and one of its unions finally led to a contract breakthrough – after three years of negotiations. The district and the Berkeley Council of Classified Employees, which represents 590 employees, hammered out the details of an agreement on Wednesday. “We entered […]

Posted inSchools, Video

Chanting protesters shut down school board meeting

Nearly 200 union workers from the Berkeley schools shut down the school board meeting temporarily Wednesday night. The group declined to stop their impassioned chanting, forcing the board members to go into closed session for about 15 minutes. (The video, above, by Mary Flaherty, shows members leaving their posts.) District spokesman Mark Coplan said he’d never seen a Berkeley school […]

Posted inEvents, Schools

Berkeley school employees demonstrate for new contract

Around 100 Berkeley Unified School District employees — including instructional assistants, school secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, and some of their children — held a rally and demonstrated on the afternoon of Friday March 28 in front of BUSD’s headquarters at 2020 Bonar St. The demonstrators, members the Berkeley Council of Classified Employees (BCCE) which represents 570 […]