Feb 1, 2015 4:45 PM by News Staff
Chico teachers and district administrators continue to battle it out over contract talks.
The Chico Unified Teachers Association enter this new week at an impasse with the Chico Unified School District over contract talks after formally rejecting the district's latest offer on Friday.
The district's offer included a one-year or two-year option.
The two-year deal included a 2.21 percent ongoing increase to the 2014/2015 salary schedule and would be retro-active to July 1, 2014.
Furthermore, teachers would get a 4.52 salary increases for for 2015/16 year, effective July 1, 2015. The officer also included $985 increase for employee health insurance premiums and a one-time 1.64 percent salary bonus for teachers who participate in Common Core State Standards training.
The one-year deal offers the same 2.21 percent pay increase for 2014/2015 retro-active to July 1, 2014, plus the $985 increase in health premiums and one more paid training day for the 2014/2015 contract year.
But in a press release sent out late Friday afternoon, District Superintendent Kelly Staley said the CUTA turned down both contract options.
Earlier last week, the union sent out a statement to its members saying that its negotiators left a recent mediation session feeling "disrespected, undervalued and frustrated."
CUTA members have already voted to authorize a strike, if necessary. Negotiations are expected to continue this month.