A union representing around 65 district employees responsible for maintaining public school buildings across San Francisco was accusing the district of unfair labor practices and unpaid wages, and workers planned to picket school buildings on Monday.
The labor union, called Common Craft, announced the one-day strike over the weekend, claiming that the school district owes employees unpaid wages, among other issues, per ABC7. Common Craft reportedly claims that the district has committed labor law violations leading up to a planned arbitrator hearing, in violation of a contract signed by the union and district in October 2021.
However, the school district said that it only became aware of the situation on Friday and was continuing active negotiations.
This is not the first time the school district has been accused of unpaid wages and other labor law violations, amid another host of issues such as declining enrollment. As recently as October, teachers were upset about the lack of a raise, threatening to strike until a late-night bargaining session that produced a new deal with a substantial pay raise. And it wasn’t just teachers, either, as custodians and school staff were also on the verge of striking, potentially causing massive school closures across the district.
Now, the planned strike was set to include plumbers, roofers, carpenters, and other construction workers.
Late Sunday night, though, the district announced it had reached a memorandum of understanding with the tradespeople's union.
"SFUSD and Common Crafts agreed to negotiate in good faith to address outstanding grievances, arbitrations, memorandums of understanding, and other contract negotiation-related issues," the district said in a statement.
Feature image of SFUSD School district office on Toland St. via Google Street View.