Editor, Ceres Courier,
Ceres Unified teachers are concerned with the negotiations strategies used by the district. What the teachers have found is a district unwilling to negotiate in "good faith"; willing only to dictate what the terms of the new contract will be, and summarily reject any proposals or modifications offered by the teachers.
In 2009, the teachers were forced to take an 8.5 percent pay cut. This was restored in 2013. This brings the teachers back to the salary schedule of 2008. Having not had raise since 2008, the teachers are asking for 4.5 percent (COLA + 1 percent for each year of the cut). The district instead proposed a 1.5 percent raise and stated that they have no further interest in discussing salary. Many of the same people who are refusing to discuss the issue of salary have received raises every year since 2010.
Moral has plummeted, and many are left wondering why a district, that they give so much to, is not willing to fairly compensate them for their hard work.
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