San Francisco teachers protest missed paychecks

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Hundreds of San Francisco Unified School District teachers and staff say they haven’t been paid in months and have taken their frustration directly to district offices .

From Monday to Tuesday, about 20 teachers, district employees and union representatives held an overnight sit-in at school district headquarters to express their frustration that teachers and employees had not been paid. or badly paid for several months.

Some of the teachers who have not been paid spoke out on Tuesday morning saying it was having a real impact on people’s lives.

Many teachers have a second job to make ends meet. Many of them live paycheck to paycheck and not getting paid is a big deal.

“We have really reached a breaking point. I mean, my colleagues, my colleagues have to pay bank overdraft fees, you know, they risk being deported. These are incredibly unstable situations and living conditions to deal with. This economic instability will not only impact us, but also the students and their learning conditions, said substitute teacher Sabine Wildman.

Now the school district is saying they’re okay with the teachers, they’re okay with the unions and those teachers need to be paid and work as quickly as possible to fix the problem that says the problem s is happening because districts moved to a new payroll system recently.

Most of the teachers and employees in the district, thousands of them were paid properly, but a handful maybe hundreds weren’t, so they transferred resources and personnel to deal with this problem as soon as possible.

On Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews shared the following statement:

“Our current focus is to resolve the most critical issues of underpayment or non-payment first, and we are in the process of writing checks to provide every dollar and cent of back pay owed to employees who have been the most affected. In the coming days, we will continue to pay each member of staff all back wages owed to them. Each employee will receive what is owed to them.

Starting Monday, March 21, employees will be able to enter COVID-19 related sick leave, including any COVID-related sick leave that has already been taken. In accordance with our health and safety agreement with our social partners and state law, SFUSD is offering an additional 10 days of sick leave for employees to take for reasons related to COVID-19.

Since SFUSD transitioned to the new system, we have responded to 1,003 underpayment reports. Of these reports, 942 were individually investigated and resolved. If there was a payment due, SFUSD paid the employee. Currently, there are 59 outstanding reports that we are investigating. Our goal is to resolve the remaining 59 of the 1,000 reports reviewed by Friday. »

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