As we approach a well deserved three week vacation, I have a few items to bring to your attention.

Negotiations
As Patty Peinado mentioned in her email on November 3, 2023, negotiations are currently at Impasse. The paperwork has been filed to meet with a jointly chosen mediator who will attempt to facilitate an agreement between the Faculty Association and the District. The mediator does not have any authority to impose a settlement, only to help jointly explore and reconcile our differences. It is our hope that we will be able to meet in January of 2024.

In Lieu Payout – December 2023
As I stated in my August Update, you will once again have the opportunity to be paid for the In-Lieus you have accumulated. If you want to receive a December payout for your In-Lieus, please follow the directions in the email you received from the District Office (Polo Perez (A – F), Malinda Diaz (G – N), and Heather Fiscus (O-Z)). The Deadline is December 13, 2023. If you do not want to receive your payout at this time, there will be one more opportunity in June 2024.

STRS Retirement Planning
CalSTRS appointments are booked through the West Sacramento Call Center 1-800-228-5453 (choose Option 3).  https://www.calstrs.com/benefits-planning-services . You can also access available videos and webinars through this link: https://www.calstrs.com/videos-and-webinars

Finals Schedule
Here is the Finals schedule. This schedule will be used in December 2023 as well as June 2024.

Faculty Association Social
Due to the success of our FA Social this past August, we hope to continue hosting one each semester.  We look forward to seeing you at our next FA Social in June 2024.

SBTFCU
In case you are interested, here is a link to the most recent Newsletter from the Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union.

I hope your last few days of the semester go well and I hope you have a great Christmas vacation.

SMJUHSDFA Website

Thanks,
Matt Provost