Huntington Beach Union High School District teachers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a new contract that will give them a cumulative 19.38% pay raise over three years, said Jerry Tolman, president of the District Educators Assn.
Tolman noted that ratification of the contract came almost a year and a half after negotiations began. The old contract expired in January and negotiations collapsed last spring when the former school board balked at the teacher union's insistence on binding arbitration and agency fees, Tolman said.
Binding arbitration is a method of settling disputes by a third party, and agency fees are a form of mandatory union dues.
"Without a new school board, there would still be no binding arbitration, no agency fees, no new contract," said Tolman. He referred to the fact that in the November election, three new board members endorsed by the union were elected to the five-member school board.