NEA got its labor strife out of the way, but the California Teachers Association is still under the gun with its professional employees. CTA’s collective bargaining agreement with the California Staff Organization (CSO) expires at midnight, August 31. The staffers have pledged not to work without a contract.
There is still a month to go before the deadline, but CSO is ramping up the pressure, organizing a “virtual picket line” at CTA buildings across the state, and even posting photos and placards at CTA headquarters in Burlingame.
Money appears to be a major issue. The staff union claims management has offered a salary increase of only 0.75 percent. I don’t expect an early settlement, but as we saw with NEA, these things tend to get worked out before they get really serious. No one at CTA wants to have to explain to the media why there is a picket line in front of the headquarters building, or who crossed it to get to work.