The California Public Employment Relations Board has upheld their finding that Petaluma City Schools violated the Educational Employment Relations Act (EERA). The case was originally decided in January 2018 when the District was found guilty of interfering with employee and organizational rights in 2014. Unfortunately, current school board members decided to use District funds and resources on legal services to appeal the PERB decision. When questioned by the Petaluma Federation of Teachers, Superintendent Gary Callahan left no doubt that it was the school board members who made the decision to appeal. Not only was this a misguided decision and a questionable use of valuable District funds, it makes it clear that the current school board has no interest in working with the Petaluma Federation of Teachers to improve relations. The District must now comply with the order from the State of California and post a Notice to Employees in a visible location at all work sites for no less than 30 work days, no later than November 5, stating they have violated the EERA. This PERB decision can only be appealed by the California Court of Appeal.
Election Day is almost here! We must continue to work to elect a school board that will help us support our students. If you haven't already done so, sign up for our Monday, November 5 Rally. Lets show our community that we are united in our efforts to elect Mady Cloud, Joanna Paun, and Caitlin Quinn.