Bargaining Team

  • This team negotiated the Teacher Contract in 2013.

  • This is the team that negotiated the Educational Assistant Contract in 2015.

  • The room was packed for an EA bargaining session in 2015.

  • A member pickets for universal preschool at the district school choice fair in 2013.

  • Educators from the Hubbs Center presented at the 2015 teacher negotiations.

  • EAs at Journey's High School show support for their bargaining team.

  • Former SPFT President Mary Cathryn Ricker is interviewed at a walk-in at Open World Learning.

SPFT’s Bargaining Teams are responsible for negotiating contracts for each of our bargaining units with the district. Appointed by the Executive Board, Bargaining Teams represent all of our members in negotiations. We strive to have teams that are representative of our membership as a whole.

Because our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions, we believe that our contract negotiations must be about more than just wages and benefits. When something is impacting a student outside of school – be it racism, hunger, poverty or any other issue – it will impact their learning inside of the classroom. In addition to fighting for raises and quality insurance, in recent years we have expanded the scope of our bargaining. We won class size limits in our contract, support staffing agreements, increased opportunities for family engagement, and a Restorative Practice pilot program in Saint Paul Public Schools.

Our primary goals during bargaining is to make sure that Saint Paul Public Schools is an excellent place to work and a great place for kids to learn. We believe that our contract is the strongest tool we have to achieve high-quality, racially equitable public schools. That is why our members work closely with the community to craft our demands, and we rely on collective action to improve our schools for our students and our members.

Educators on the bargaining team write each of the proposals.

Teacher Bargaining Team
  • Nick Faber – President
  • Erica Schatzlein – Nokomis Montessori
  • Laurel Kuhner Berker – American Indian
  • Joan Duncanson – Bridgeview
  • Pete Grebner – Schoology TOSA
  • Kristi Herman Hill – Washington
  • Shannon Jax – SPED TOSA
  • Todd Marder – Saint Paul Music Academy
  • Ashley Owens – Nokomis Montessori
  • Tom Stinson – Harding
  • Leah VanDassor – Highland Park Middle
  • Leigh Vang – Phalen Lake
  • Denise Young – Frost Lake
EA Bargaining Team
  • Ellen Olsen – Director of Non Licensed Personnel
  • Nick Faber – President
  • Sue Cammisuli – Farnsworth
  • Victor Garrido – Highland Park Middle
  • Donald Jones – Galtier
  • Yasmin Muridi – Four Seasons
  • Diane Olson – Discovery Club
  • Becky Randall – Bridgeview
  • Dane Ryan – Discovery Club
SCSP Bargaining Team
  • Ellen Olsen – Director of Non Licensed Personnel
  • Shela Her – Student Placement Center
  • Kathy O’Shaughnessy – Hubbs Center
  • Sylvia Perez – Crossroads
  • Tracy Zanitsh – Humboldt