The Labor Relations team works with all staff, at all levels throughout the organization, assisting with collective bargaining issues. The team represents the district in the collective bargaining process with employee bargaining units. Labor Relations assists administrators and managers with interpreting the contracts and proactively educates administrative staff about all aspects of employment related contract compliance. Labor Relations works collaboratively with all district departments as needed to inform and resolve issues.

The primary functions of the Labor Relations Division are to:

  • Represent the district in the collective bargaining process with employee bargaining units, and interpret and administer negotiated contracts.
  • Process formal employee grievances.
  • Educate administrative staff about all aspects of employment-related contract compliance.
  • Process requests from the bargaining units for release time.
  • Administer tuition reimbursement for relevant contracts.

Employee bargaining units the district works with are:

*California School Employees Association

 

Contact Us

San Diego Unified School District
Labor Relations Division
Eugene Brucker Education Center
4100 Normal Street, Wing B, Room 2101
San Diego, CA 92103-2682

(619) 725-8060 - Phone
(619) 725-8177 - Fax

 

Where to Find Help

JESSICA FALK MICHELLI
Executive Director, Labor Relations & Assistant General Counsel
(619) 725-8178   |   jfalkmichelli@sandi.net
 
Chief Negotiator
AASD/POA/SDEA Liaison and Support to Sites/Departments
Pre-Arbitration 
 
PENELOPE DiBERNARDO
Director Labor Relations
(619) 725-8174   |   pdibernardo@sandi.net
 
District Lead Negotiator for CSEA Bargaining Units
CSEA Liaison and Support to Sites/Departments
CSEA Grievance Hearings, Mediation, Arbitration
 
CHRISTINE HOUSTON
Labor Relations Specialist
(619) 725-8020   |   chouston@sandi.net
 
AASD/POA/SDEA Liaison and Support to Sites/Departments
SDEA Step 3 Grievance Hearings
District Bargaining Team Support
Training Coordinator
 
KRISTIE HARRIS
Labor Relations Specialist
(619) 725-8138   |   kharris3@sandi.net
 
CSEA Liaison and Support to Sites/Departments
CSEA Step 3 Grievance Hearings
District Bargaining Team Support
Training Coordinator
 
ADRIANNA McGINLEY
Confidential Administrative Assistant II
(619) 725-8178   |   amcginley@sandi.net
 
Assistant to Executive Director
Pre-Arbitration Grievance Support
AASD/POA/SDEA Bargaining Units Support
 
MICHELLE JIMENEZ
Confidential Administrative Assistant I
(619) 725-8060   |   mjimenez7@sandi.net
 
Step 3 Grievance Support
CSEA Bargaining Units Support
Release Time/Billing
Requests for Information
Tuition Reimbursement