Imperial teachers, district reach contract settlement


Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — A settlement has been reached between the Imperial Teachers Association and the Imperial Unified School District.

"The teachers are relieved and happy that it's over," is how ITA president Thomas T.J. Hepburn described the reaction of members this morning.

A mediator was brought in April 8 to try to bring the two sides together after protracted negotiations, in the works since October, became stalemated.

Association members picketed schools in the district in late March and paid for a large billboard on Imperial Avenue to pose the question "Where's The Fairness?"


According to Hepburn the teachers "voted by a wide margin" Thursday and Friday to accept the proposal offered by the district, which included a 7.5 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1.

That package includes an additional paid work day, bringing the total working days for Imperial teachers to 184 per school year.

The extra working day had been a major point of contention in the negotiation process.

Barbara Layaye, superintendent of Imperial school district described the agreement as being "fair to both parties … with the district still being able to stay within its parameters."

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