Please check out the Negotiations Page as it has the most recent update!

South County Teachers United (SCTU)

Our association will be participating in the South County Teachers United community forum focusing on protecting our students, our communities, and our profession in 2017. This forum will bring together educators from South County, social justice experts, and community organizations to begin the dialogue on:

1. What does it mean to be a teacher in these times, and what rights and responsibilities do we have as educators?

2. If our students or colleagues are targeted, how do we protect them?

3. If our community is fearful, how do we support them?

4. If our profession is under attack, how do we defend it?

For specific information about the event, and to reserve your free ticket (and 2 complimentary tacos) please click on this link: Seating is limited, and we anticipate a full house, so please reserve your spot now.


Monday, January 16, 2017 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Laura R. Charles Theatre
2900 Highland Avenue, National City

“I have decided to stick with love.

Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

-Martin Luther King Jr. Contact: South County Teachers United Helen Farias (619) 427-1371

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CTA Retirement Page

Check out the exciting new Retirement page on our website that went live this afternoon. Here is the URL: Cut and paste it in your browser and preview The Truth About Teacher’s Retirement.

Not only will you find new tabs including, Where We Stand, Myth VS Fact, CTA Speaks Out, and Quick Links; but there’s a video featuring Maggie Ellis, chair of the Retirement Committee; a PowerPoint presentation, downloadable, easy-to-understand summary of teachers’ retirement brochure; the Latest News, Research and Data, Recommended Reading; and much more.

A big thank you to Jennifer Baker in Governmental Relations, and Dina Martin and Tiffany Hasker in Communications who worked together to make this a reality for our members and staff who’ve been asking for simple, helpful information about teachers’ retirement and the attacks on pensions.

We will continue to populate the site with the latest information, so visit often.

Sandra F. Jackson
Assistant Manager of Communications
(916) 325-1550

About Us

Who are the Southwest Teachers Association?

We proudly represent the educators of the South Bay Union School District.

What is the Southwest Teachers Association?

We are both a union and a professional association.

Where do our members teach?

We teach in the southwestern corner of San Diego County. 
Our boundaries currently include all of the city of Imperial Beach, the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. West of Imperial Beach is the Pacific Ocean and to the south is Mexico. 
Our boundaries also include parts of San Diego and San Ysidro. 
The school district (SBUSD) is currently looking at our boundaries.

Why Join Southwest Teachers Association?

Southwest Teachers Association’s prime objective is to protect the rights of its members.

Southwest Teachers Association, also called SWTA, believes that education employees should be free from arbitrary and capricious decisions by their employers. When violations of our contract occur employees must have available the resources to defend their rights through appropriate legal or administrative channels. 

SWTA members also enjoy benefits and protections from state and national affiliations, CTA and NEA.

Southwest Teachers Association is also a professional association.

SWTA supports teachers in their professional growth. Our local and state associations provide training for new teachers (“I Can Do It”) and veteran teachers (“I Have Done It”). We sponsor the Good Teaching conferences.

Teachers of our local and state association fought for class size reduction and other education legislation to help teachers, students, parents, and our communities. We wrote letters and talked to legislators. We need to let Sacramento know they should support public education.

What are SWTA’s state and national affiliations?

We are affiliated with the California Teachers Association, CTA, and the National Education Association, NEA.
California Teachers Association, CTA, represents and serves more than 335,000 members – consisting of teachers and other education employees in the state’s more than 1,000 school districts. 

National Education Association, NEA, represents and serves millions of members. NEA represents teachers and other education employees from school districts nation wide.