About 75 classified school employees picketed outside a meeting of the Inglewood School Board on Tuesday night calling for new wage negotiations with district officials.
The California School Employees Assn., which represents nearly 600 clerical, custodial, security, maintenance and other non-certified employees in Inglewood schools, is asking for an 8% wage increase for the 1985-86 school year with the option of reopening salary negotiations for the 1986-87 school year. The employees have rejected two wage offers since they began negotiations with school trustees in July.
The employees--now in the middle of a three-year contract that expires in July, 1987--have the option of reopening wage or employee benefit negotiations in the second and third years of their contract. School district officials would like to negotiate for the contract's remaining two school years, but school employees want to maintain the right to reopen the contract for the third year.
The most recent offer, made Nov. 6, would have granted an 11% wage increase split between the 1985-86 and 1986-87 school years--in effect "locking classified employees out" of contract negotiations next year, said William Ruffin, a field representative for the school employees association.