Nonteaching employees in the Inglewood Unified School District are contesting a school board decision to give teachers a raise that is twice the amount approved for support staff.
The district plans to give teachers a 6% raise next year while increasing the salaries of classified employees by 3%. Funds for the pay hike will come from the multimillion-dollar package allocated by Gov. Pete Wilson to reduce classes to 20 students.
Members of the classified employees union contend that the raises should be equal. The union has put in a "me too" request--a proposal that asks the district to pay out the same percentage of money across the board.
They are scheduled to go back to the bargaining table today.
"This is like having two kids," union spokesman Christopher Graeber said. "The district has given one of the kids a shiny new bicycle and the other kid a Tonka toy. The support staff has worked just as hard as the teachers and deserve the same raise."