CALEXICO — Classified employees of this city's school district reached a tentative contract agreement during a negotiation session Wednesday as California School Employee Association members conducted a peaceful demonstration in front of the district office.
"We agreed on a 10.5 percent increase across the board," said Cesar Rodriguez, chief negotiator for the classified employees.
Rodriguez said the 10.5 increase could be broken down to an 8.51 percent increase in salaries and a 1.99 percent increase in health and welfare benefits.
Members of the Calexico Unified School District's negotiating team could not be reached for comment.
Vincent Ayala, assistant chief negotiator, said other key issues in the negotiations were language changes in the contract, changes to the charity fund and stipends for various classified employees.
"I've been here for 15 years and this is the first time I've seen that we've received a double-digit raise," Ayala said, adding he anticipates the membership ratifying the agreement.