IMPERIAL — A contract dispute between the Imperial Teachers Association and the Imperial Unified School District has come to a standstill, leading the teachers to call for outside mediation.
The teachers declared an impasse when it was clear they wouldn't get a fair contract, association president Thomas James Hepburn said. Paperwork for the impasse was filed at the end of December.
The teachers want an 8 percent salary increase, Hepburn said.
District Superintendent Barbara Layaye said the district is offering teachers a 6.5 percent salary increase. The district wants to add two working days, from 183 to 185 days, to the teacher's work year.
Hepburn said the two extra days would be fine with the association as long as teachers get the 8 percent salary increase.