It apparently took a huge Alameda community rally on Feb. 26 in support of the teachers’ battle for respect to convince the district that a fair settlement was needed, educators said. Hundreds of East Bay supporters who came to the rally included Castro Valley and Fremont teachers, Alameda firefighters, and local members of the California School Employees Association, the Teamsters union and United Food and Commercial Workers.
“After 10 months of negotiating and 24 bargaining sessions – some into the early morning hours – I am pleased to announce that we have finally reached a tentative agreement with the school district,” said AEA President Gray Harris. “While I can’t discuss the details until after a vote of our membership, I want to thank the Alameda community, firefighters, Teamsters, CSEA, UFCW, and Castro Valley and Fremont teachers for their support throughout this process and at our successful rally earlier this week.”
Harris also thanked Assembly member Rob Bonta for assisting in settlement of the contract showdown. He helped bring both sides together. “Settling this contract is an important step toward making educators and our classrooms a priority again in the Alameda Unified School District,” Harris said.
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