News & Resources

California Collaborative on District Reform’s “From Combat to Collaboration: The Labor-Management Partnership in San José Unified School District”

Dec 5, 2017 | Publications

“It started with a cup of coffee. In the wake of an intense contract negotiation, and against the backdrop of a district bankruptcy, multiple teacher strikes, and a wave of mistrust that veterans of the era still refer to as “rock bottom,” the San José superintendent and the San José Teachers Association president decided to chart a different path forward.  Anew report from the California Collaborative on District Reform, From Combat to Collaboration, explores the way in which the district and union laid the groundwork for a new way of working together, how leaders have continued to foster and deepen the partnership, the day-to-day policies and practices that allow the relationship to flourish, and how collaboration enables the district to better serve its students. The report concludes with a set of lessons that can inform other districts and unions seeking to develop a more productive relationship.”

DWK’s Greg Dannis shares his experiences in the report as San José Unified School District’s Labor & Employment attorney.

For the full report on the relationship between SJUSD and SJTA, click the link: https://cacollaborative.org/sites/default/files/CA_Collaborative_San_Jose.pdf

To read a stand-alone four-page executive summary, click the link: https://cacollaborative.org/sites/default/files/CA_Collaborative_San_Jose_ExecSum.pdf

 

RELATED POSTS

2023 Legislative and Case Law Highlights – K-12 School Districts

2023 Legislative and Case Law Highlights – K-12 School Districts

Countdown to the Bond Part 2 – January 2024

Are You Considering a March or November 2024 Bond Election? Now is the Time to Begin Preparing Your Ballot Measure! Countdown to the Bond is a multi-part series of legal...

Adjusted Bid Thresholds for Contracts Effective January 1, 2024

Effective January 1, 2024, the bid threshold for contracts awarded by school districts competitively bid pursuant to Public Contract Code (PCC) section 20111(a) increased from $109,300 to $114,500 (link available here)....