CUSD board meeting met with hundreds of protestors

Feb 19, 2015 2:17 PM by News Staff

The Chico Unified School District is preparing for a potential strike. Wednesday's board meeting was met with hundreds of teachers demanding a better contract.

The CUSD is currently at an impasse in negotiations with the Chico Unified Teachers Association.
Both sides are going through mediation and fact finding in an effort to reach an agreement. Throughout the impasse they can still negotiate.

In addition to better working conditions and fewer top down management decisions regarding assessments, teachers are asking for their wages to reflect cost of living, a wage increase they haven't seen in the last seven years.

Board members didn't discuss the potential strike in the meeting, but teachers were still able to get their message across. The last proposal from the district increases total compensation by 8.97% meaning a 2.2 % wage increase.

The district's Assistant Super Intendant Bob Feaster wasn't available to talk on camera but tells Acton News Now that the district plans to be transparent with their decision making. While the "best last offer" won't be presented until the end of a 60 day fact finding and mediation period, both sides are preparing for a potential strike.

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