Calaveras Teachers Threaten To Strike

Calaveras Teachers Threaten To Strike

Calaveras Unified teacher may strike following a meeting with District officials.  The Calaveras Unified Educators’ Association (CUEA) and Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) met last Thursday in what teachers say is a final attempt to reach a settlement in ongoing contract negotiations.   The basis of the meeting, was the hope of a settlement, based on the Fact Finding Report released early last week.  The Report consists of the recommendations from a neutral fact finder, who was appointed by the state Public Employment Relations Board.  CUEA President Lorraine Angel says this was the final step in the negotiations process as defined by the Educational Employment Relations Act.  The absence of a settlement means the teachers may legally strike.  Despite the neutral fact finder’s recommendation for salary improvements, CUSD’s Superintendent, Mark Campbell, proposed that teachers’ salaries remain “status quo,” meaning no pay increase for teachers.    Another major issue in the contract dispute is over class size, specifically for transitional kindergarten to third grade.  CUEA member’s claim the district has failed and refused to address class size as required by state law and has been accepting monies from the state to reduce class size.  Angel says the District’s teachers don’t want to strike and want the situation settled, but they will strike for the kids. 

 

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