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|South Bay Union School District
|South Bay schools see more cuts
By Chris Moran
San Diego Union Tribune
March 3, 2006
IMPERIAL BEACH – Faced with shrinking enrollment that may ultimately force a
school to close, South Bay Union School District trustees last night cut $1.8
million from the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
It's the fifth consecutive year that the board for the 8,532-student, kindergarten-
through-sixth-grade district has cut the budget as fewer students attend its
[Superintendent Pat] Pettit angrily denounced the union
tactics, saying he didn't accept a raise that he qualified for
last year and hasn't approached the board about a raise this
“Damn it, I have not gotten a raise!” he said from his seat at
the board table, addressing the dozens of employees in the
audience. He later told the group, “If you don't like me, tough!”
Pettit, himself a former teachers union president, said that
during the time when he negotiated for teachers he was
trained to spread misinformation among employees and to
Frank Cherry, who has been teachers union president for 14
of the past 16 years, said there's no such training.
|Who directs SWTA?
CTA directs all local affiliates.
SWTA has been directed since 1985 by South County Teachers
How ethical is SCTU?
Here are some examples:
Ethics complaint forbidden
South County Teachers United
by Tim O'Neill
In 1979, teachers from Sweetwater Education Association (SEA) and Chula
Vista Elementary Education Association (Now �CVE�), with a large amount of
foresight, came together to establish South County Teachers United as a
means of better providing services to their members from the California
Teachers Association. Shortly thereafter, a group of teachers facilitated and
helped finance the purchase of the �Landis Avenue Building� in downtown
Chula Vista that still serves, after various rounds of renovation, as the
headquarters for SCTU.
The original partnership between SEA and CVE was joined by the Southwest
Teachers Association (SWTA) in 1985, then later by the Sweetwater
Counseling & Guidance Association (SCGA) and the National City Elementary
Teachers Association (NCETA), and most recently was joined by the San Ysidro
Education Association (SYEA), in 1997...
|SWTA calls in big guns to set the record straight
from CTA website
Facing some bad press generated by the superintendent of the
South Bay Union School District, the Southwest Teachers
Association called in CTA to defend its reputation.
[Maura Larkins' comment: CTA also was called in when
local leaders made a mess of my case.]
The chapter, which is in contract negotiations with the district,
organized a rally before the April 20 school board meeting to
help build solidarity and brought in CTA Vice President David A.
Sanchez to set the board straight.
According to a March 26 article in the San Diego Union Tribune,
the superintendent claimed he had received training in how to
"spread misinformation and vilify opponents" when he was a
Sanchez told the board CTA never instructs members to be
"anything but honest, assertive and united" in the collective
While he couldn't speak to the superintendent's recollections of
20-plus years ago, he could speak to the truth about "what CTA
believes, what we have fought for, and what is happening in this
...Before the meeting, Sanchez addressed the teachers at the
rally, saying that CTA trains its members "to stand up to bullies,
to organize, to unite and to speak the truth! And speaking the
truth is easy because it is on our side."
[Maura Larkins' comment: David A. Sanchez (now
president of CTA) is telling a half-truth. Sometimes CTA
stands up to bullies. But sometimes CTA aids and abets
bullies. It depends on the politics that are operating at
the time...It should be noted that Southwest Teachers
Association works with South County Teachers United.]