In the midst of fact-finding over contract negotiations, the Stockton Teachers Association has launched a community outreach campaign, and at least one retired teacher took issue with a hit piece that arrived in the mail Friday.
“I was shocked, I was really shocked, because I’ve been retired for six years, and the mailer, it’s pretty fancy and I think it’s a waste of money,” said the teacher, who asked not to be identified but provided The Record with the mailer. “I think the money could have been used for better purposes and I also don’t think they should get us out of retirement and try to get us involved. We were through, we’re gone. That’s not our fight. I just don’t think it’s right.”
The mass mailer features a photo of Assistant Superintendent Craig Wells under the headline “Stockton’s Students Deserve Better,” alleging Stockton Unified is “the third school district where he has created discord and distrust that has come to the brink of a strike.”
The STA also posted a message on its Facebook page under the heading “STA MEMBERS AND FRIENDS? WE NEED YOU!” and urging volunteers to distribute door hangers in neighborhoods and canvass parents picking up or dropping off students at the teachers’ school sites.
The mailer, paid for by the union, advertises two upcoming meetings April 2 and 7 and lists email addresses for all seven district trustees, urging recipients to “tell them to direct Asst. Supt. Wells to settle a fair contract.” Union President John Steiner expressed optimism after the March 16 fact-finding meeting with the district, and with both sides still awaiting the findings, the slickly packaged salvo comes as a bit of a surprise. The slick full-color card is, however, a step up from the anonymous postcards the STA began flooding Wells with beginning in February.