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Teachers and administration reach agreement end strike in Sacramento (Calif.) district

April 4, 2022
The agreement calls for salary increases, extra payments, increases for substitute teachers, and extra Covid-related sick days for substitutes.

The Sacramento (Calif.) district has resumed classes after reaching an agreement with the teachers union to end its strike.

The Sacramento Bee reports teachers and classified staff in the 40,000-student district agreed over the weekend to end the eight-day strike.

Teachers walked off the job March 23, citing issues related to teacher staffing, pay and health and safety protocols.

The tentative agreement with the Sacramento City Teachers Association calls for 4% salary increases starting with the current school year; 3% one-time stipends for the 2019-20  and 2020-21 school years; one-time payments of $1,250 in the current school year; 25% rate increases for substitutes who filled in for absent teachers this year; and 14 more sick days for subs who test positive for or have symptoms of Covid-19.

The deal also addresses teacher health benefits.

The district will continue to provide 100% paid health coverage through Kaiser and a mutually agreed upon alternative plan or plans.

The union said that the agreement “makes strides to address the causes of the classified staff shortage through a 4% ongoing cost-of-living adjustment retroactive to July 1, 2021; thousands in one-time stipends; and improvements to their dental and vision plans.”

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