Members of the Sacramento City Teachers Association appear to have won their fight to get a retroactive pay raise of up to 5 percent for the school year that ends June 30.
The cost to the Sacramento City Unified School District will be $9.8 million, Superintendent Jose Banda said.
The agreement between the teachers union and the school district clears the way to negotiate the contract for the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1. Those negotiations hopefully will conclude by December, teachers association President Nikki Milevsky said Tuesday.
“We’re very happy (we were) able to reach an agreement with the district,” Milevsky said. “That gives us the opportunity to move forward.”
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The tentative pact for the fiscal year that ends June 30 calls for two wage hikes of 2.5 percent each – one retroactive to July 1, 2015, and the other retroactive to Jan. 1.
The teachers and school district trustees are voting this week on the tentative agreement.
The proposed contract caps a sometimes rancorous negotiation that began last fall and reached an impasse in January. The district had offered a 2.5 percent annual increase while teachers pushed for 5 percent.
The 5 percent pay hike, combined with previous increases, will push teacher pay 8 percent above 2013-14 levels, Milevsky said.
“That’s a great thing for our students and our teachers and our district as a whole,” Milevsky said.
Banda said district negotiators secured a long-sought provision that adds an hour to each teacher’s work week. The extra hour gives teachers time for collaboration, professional development and planning.
The total time students spend in class remains unchanged, he said. Students will spend an extra 12 minutes in class each day but get out an hour early on one of those days.
“I think the settlement we’ve reached with them is a win-win,” Banda said. “Teachers are able to get the 5 percent. We’re able to get the collaborative time.”
Milevsky said teachers also have wanted the collaborative agreement “for a long time. We tried to negotiate for it two years ago.”