Representatives of San Diego Community College teachers Wednesday agreed to a tentative contract giving the instructors a 6% salary increase but requiring them to help pay for their medical benefits.
If approved, the pact will end a 21-month stalemate between administrators and the district's 1,700 teachers, who have continued working without a contract since June, 1983. The pact must still be ratified by teachers, though little opposition is expected.
"I think it is good to get some peace back in the district," said Bob Petty, Mesa College sociology professor who negotiated for the California Teachers Assn., which represents district instructors.
Petty said that, while the new contract eases some tensions, it does not resolve the basic gripe of district teachers, whose pay ranks 57th among the 70 community college districts in the state. Teachers want salary increases that would bring them into the top quarter of community college pay.