A nascent union for principals and managers is pushing back against San Diego Unified plans to change or add different jobs for managers as part of its planned reorganization.

“They can’t be doing what they’re doing without negotiating with us,” said Jeannie Steeg, executive director of the Administrators Association.

It is one of the first actions of the group after its members voted last summer to unionize. San Diego Unified and the Administrators Association have yet to settle the question of which educators are included in the union, but the school board has recognized a list of managers who do not have a teaching credential to include in the bargaining group, making it official.

Now the group is asserting its rights for the non-educators. After Superintendent Terry Grier rattled off a long list of potential job changes at the last school board meeting, meant to save money by eliminating some jobs and replacing them with new ones, the Administrators Association said the school district must “immediately cease and desist” from adopting any new job descriptions for non-educators without negotiating with the newly formed union.

Grier said this morning that “anything that needs consulting will be consulted on.”


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