The Saugus Teachers Association (STA) is the exclusive bargaining agent for the, over 450, certificated teachers in the Saugus Union School District. The Saugus Union School District is a TK-6 elementary school district located in the beautiful Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California.
STA's roots go back to the mid-1960's when the some of the teachers established their first association called, Saugus District Association. In addition to conducting social events, the SDA was a force in lobbying for air conditioning and carpeting in the classroom, along with securing the rights for pregnant teachers.
In the late 1960's, a state law was enacted requiring teachers and administration to "meet and confer" to determine salaries and working conditions. Initial efforts were unsuccessful.
In 1969, success was found, and a majority of the Association members voted to become the Saugus Teachers Association (STA) and join the United Teaching Profession (UTP) as a chapter of the California Teachers Association (CTA).
Then, in 1976, with the passage of the Rodda Act, collective bargaining was mandated. STA's leadership was assisted by CTA with training in negotiation strategies, law, Education Code, contract language, and awareness of current practices.
Today, with committed teachers working together, STA continues to grow strong and help ensure a positive working environment for the teachers and an outstanding learning environment for the students.