The Inglewood teachers union filed an unfair labor practice charge Wednesday against the school district and held a rally outside the board meeting, claiming teachers have not received the pay raise they are due.
The Inglewood Unified School District's 800 teachers have not received a raise in the last three years. A tentative contract agreement reached in October would have given them a 2.5% raise retroactive to July 1, 2002, and an additional 2.5% raise retroactive to July 1, 2003. But the district, citing financial problems, has since put that agreement on hold.
The labor complaint was filed with the California Public Employee Relations Board.
Later in the day, about 300 parents, students, teachers and residents gathered outside the board meeting holding candles, blowing whistles and chanting: "No raise, no peace." Michael Marks, a representative of the National Education Assn., told the trustees: "The integrity of this school board is in question. How can the Inglewood School District expect to retain quality teachers if it cannot keep its word to them?" About eight teachers then served the board with the unfair labor practice papers.
Board members then went into closed session and would not comment on the matter.
Kathy Stewart, president of the Inglewood Teachers Assn., said the lack of raises "means that we'll possibly lose more of our teachers, who will go to other districts where they will make more money. It also means we cannot trust the word of the board, because we signed a legal document."