Mt. Diablo educators authorize strike
After more than 250 days without a contract, Mount Diablo Educational Association (MDEA) is united and ready to fight for the resources its students need, announcing today that educators have voted to authorize a strike if necessary.
“The overwhelming majority of MDEA members – 92.3% – demand that Mount Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) seriously engage in discussions with our negotiating team to reach a fair and equitable contract that ensures our students will receive the education they deserve,” said MDEA President Anita Johnson. “These members have stated emphatically that they are prepared to strike if necessary.”
MDEA educators have been working without a contract since June 30, 2021 and they haven’t had a pay raise since 2017. Despite having enough revenue to fund MDEA’s demand for a 12.5% pay raise over six years, the MDUSD continues to deceive students by refusing to offer the competitive salaries necessary to attract and retain the best educators.
“We don’t want to go on strike, but we will if that’s what it takes to ensure our students get the best education possible,” Johnson said. “Educators would much rather focus on teaching their students than prepare for a strike.”
The strike being authorized by the members, the leaders of the MDEA can call a strike if an agreement is not reached after the publication of the investigation report. The report is due March 24. MDEA has been negotiating with MDUSD for over a year on key issues related to investing in student learning, reducing class sizes and valuing employees. The district rejected MDEA proposals to attract and retain the best educators, and even offered to reduce teacher preparation time in often contentious and contentious negotiations.
“The skills needed to be the most effective educator take time, and rather than investing in every educator they onboard, MDUSD leadership is disinvesting by adopting practices that push more educators out of the district and out of of the profession,” Johnson said. “Recruiting and retaining the best educators for our students by paying a living wage should be a top priority for MDUSD.”
MDEA represents more than 1,500 teachers, librarians, school nurses, school counselors, resource specialists, inclusion specialists, audiologists and speech-language pathologists, who serve 29,000 Mt. Diablo students.