IMPERIAL — Teachers here are wearing black ribbons and dressing in black this week to show their displeasure with the latest contract proposal offered by the Imperial Unified School District.
Teachers are "above and beyond disgruntled" about the salary increase offer, said Susana Sam, a member of the Imperial Teachers' Association and a sixth-grade teacher at Ben Hulse Elementary.
The negotiations, which started this fall, are already at impasse. The ITA rejected the district's offer of a total salary increase of 8 percent, said district Superintendent Barbara Layaye.
Of that 8 percent, 6.5 percent would go toward the salary schedule, 1 percent would go to increase the insurance cap and .5 percent is offered to raise the hourly amount paid for extra duty.