The Ventura Unified School District Board of Trustees will vote tonight on a proposed labor pact approved last week by the Ventura Unified Educators Assn.
The teachers' approval of the tentative contract came after a year of sometimes bitter negotiations. Union President Jerry Mittelholtz said Monday that he is optimistic the board will approve the contract.
"If the district hammered out this agreement with us and we approved it, then I fully expect the district to approve it," he said.
The three-year contract, if approved, would be retroactive to July 1, 1989, when the previous contract expired.
The proposed agreement calls for the district's 660 teachers to receive half the district's income for salaries, instead of the 58% received under the previous pact. The difference would be pooled with other money to pay for health benefits for all district's employees.