Modesto teachers pass new contract with 3 percent raises

05/23/2014 5:17 PM

05/24/2014 10:18 PM

Modesto City Schools teachers accepted a tentative contract, voting 419-142 for the proposal that will add 3 percent to paychecks this year and help out with health care premiums.

Modesto Teachers Association President Doug Burton released the results Friday evening by email. Teachers voted at Downey High School on Friday afternoon.

After a thumbs-up vote by the Modesto City Schools board, the three-year pact will be final. The deal gives an ongoing 1.5 percent boost to base salary and about 1.5 percent for this year only, plus $3,000 a year toward health care costs. Salaries will be renegotiated each year.

It lays out collaboration time for teachers, using 27 minimum days for junior high and high schools and 33 at elementary schools. Teacher evaluations will include evidence of pupil progress that year.

The contract’s final inking was held up by the dispute between the Modesto chapter and its state affiliate, the California Teachers Association. A hearing on the state union’s move to place MTA under trusteeship and MTA’s countermotions will be heard Friday. The trusteeship was put on hold until then by court order, allowing MTA to wind up negotiations.

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