Alpine Teachers Approve New Contract
Educators go back to classrooms Tuesday after huge affirmative vote
ALPINE – Alpine Teachers Association members approved a new contract with the Alpine Union School District by a 96 percent margin, immediately returning to their classes Tuesday morning, February 25.
The action ends their three-day strike over significant cuts in salary and health benefits.
Compared to the district imposition of a 7.58 percent salary cut and an $8,000 cap on health care benefits, details of the new settlement include:
- Two percent salary restoration, effective April 1, 2014
- Health care benefit restoration of $1,500, effective January 1, 2014, resulting in a $9,500 cap
- Two percent salary restoration effective July 1, 2014, contingent upon receipt of 28.05% “gap funding” from the state for 2014-2015
- A built in salary increase, based on Governor Brown’s budget and “gap funding”
- One-time stipend equivalent to .56 percent each day for two days of Common Core staff development in 2014-2015
- Six furlough days in 2013-2014 and seven in 2014-2015
- $8,000 retirement incentive
“We are very relieved to return to our classrooms to work with our students,” said ATA President Gayle Malone. “Teachers offered cuts all along, but we had to stand up to keep them from being devastating. We believe this settlement, though still painful, can serve as a basis for a more harmonious relationship with the district, especially as new funding comes in during the next few years, to hopefully alleviate Alpine’s fiscal difficulties.”