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Calexico teachers delay acting on agreement, back classified employees

March 21, 2001|By LAURA MACKENZIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The Calexico Teachers Association voted Tuesday to delay ratification of a contract agreement for two more weeks.

"We are doing it to show support for the classified (employees) until they get a fair and decent offer," said Mike Lara, president of the Calexico Teachers Association. "We want to show unity and support of our brothers and sisters of classified."

David Groesbeck, district personnel director and a negotiator for the district, said he could not comment on the classified personnel contract situation because it is still under negotiation.

Groesbeck said the negotiating teams are scheduled to meet again April 3.

Groesbeck said the classified contracts have been under negotiation for about four months and an impasse has not been reached.

Classified association negotiators could not be reached for comment.

Lara said classified personnel were offered the same increase in salary as teachers but were still negotiating with the district.

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Teachers have been offered a one-year contract with a total 10.5 percent increase, of which 1.75 percent would be benefits and 8.75 percent would be a retroactive salary increase to the end of the previous contract.

The offer also includes an increase in pay from $21 to $26 per hour for extra duties such as monitoring detention, after-school tutoring or attending teacher-training workshops.

Pre-school and adult education teachers were included in the district's contract talks and have been offered a 5.5 percent salary increase.

"We are not rejecting the contract," said Lara. "We are delaying voting on it."

Staff Writer Laura MacKenzie can be reached at 337-3442.

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