The Imperial Teachers Association has not been able to reach an agreement on the current contract negotiations with the Imperial school board. Two issues are preventing the resolution of contract negotiations. The first issue is salaries and benefits. The second issue is the contract language and increased working hours and days without compensation.
Over the past two school years, the Imperial Unified School District has received a cost-of-living adjustment from the state of California. The COLA is an adjustment based on increased costs.
Theoretically, every item within the budget including salaries should increase by the percentage received in COLA money from the state. Therefore, the ITA believes salaries and benefits should have already been increased by the percentage received. This is on the current status of working days and hours.
The IUSD received part of this COLA during the 2000-2001 school year and received an additional COLA during the 2001-2002 school year. Other school districts have already given their teachers the percentage of COLA previously received, whereas Imperial has not.