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California Briefing / Los Angeles

Tentative deal for teachers union

March 26, 2009|Rich Connell

The school district has reached a tentative contract deal with its teachers union, resolving a number of lingering issues affecting professional development, school safety and other matters, officials confirmed Tuesday.

The agreement includes no new pay raises and follows an earlier agreement to preserve health benefits, which reduced the threat of a strike.

"We're grateful that we have come to a tentative agreement," said district spokeswoman Lydia Ramos. She noted that the district faces "a budget crisis that we are trying to make our way through."

The contract adds mechanisms to "foster collaborative problem-solving" and cooperative reviews of revenues and compensation levels, she said.

The tentative pact must be approved by a vote of union members and the school board.

-- Rich Connell

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