United Teachers of Santa Clara
The United Teachers of Santa Clara (UTSC) represents nearly 1000 educators including teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists, counselors, and other certificated personnel in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Affiliated with the 325,000 member California Teachers Association (CTA) and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association (NEA), UTSC exists to represent its members with the goal of improving working conditions and compensation.
Our association believes in the power of public education as an essential institution in promoting and defending our democracy. Our members are passionate advocates for their students and our association strives to continually improve public education and provide academic opportunity to students of all backgrounds. UTSC officers lead a collective effort to protect and support teachers by enforcing our contract to ensure that teachers in the district are treated professionally.
UTSCs Mission is to provide representation of all unit members in all matters related to employment environment, employer-employee relations, and terms and conditions of employment.
UTSCs Vision is to improve working conditions for all unit members to insure quality public education for every child.
UTSC Belief Statement
We believe that public education is an essential institution in furthering the goals of our democracy and improving our society. We believe that access to education is a human right. We believe in optimizing the potential of every human being in an effort to improve the human condition in our society.
The strength of the relationships between the individuals in public education affects its success. Our organization, The United Teachers of Santa Clara, is committed to improving the quality of public education as well as our citizens’ access to that institution. We work diligently to improve salary, benefits, and working conditions of our members to help fulfill this commitment.
Union Code of Conduct
I will not criticize any union colleague except to the individual directly.
If any union colleague is being criticized in my presence, I will confront the criticism and ask that it stop.
I will not participate in any conversations with management that criticize,or negatively speculate about, any union colleague.
I will settle my differences with colleagues within the union.
I will engage in debate, offer others every opportunity for debate and respect minority viewpoints, but I will observe and support the majority mandate of my union.
**** An injury to one is an injury to all***
The CTA Board of Directors will award Incentive Grants for attendance at the following statewide conferences:
To apply for an incentive grant online visit www.CTAGo.org/grants.
Minority Incentive Grants – Minority members are defined as belonging to one of the following racial-ethnic groups: African American; American Indian/Alaska Native; Asian; Hispanic; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or Multi-ethnic. These grants are offered to encourage minority leadership within the Association.
Small Chapter Incentive Grants will be awarded to small chapters with a unit size of 100 or fewer members. Unit size is defined as the number of persons who are represented for purposes of collective bargaining. The chapter membership may be less than the unit size.
New Member Grants will be awarded to applicants who are within their first 5 years of CTA membership.
Again, to apply for a grant, go to www.CTAGo.org/grants.
Should you have any questions regarding the online application process for the incentive grants, please call the CTA Conference Coordination Center at 650-552-5355.
Student Achievement grants provide $5,000 to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Deadline: ongoing
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