After months of disagreements, the Clark County (Nevada) School District and the union representing its teachers have a new contract imposed by an arbitrator.
The Las Vegas Sun reports an arbitrator has accepted a contract that will give teachers a 10% across-the-board raise this school year and 8% next year. The new entry-level salary will be $53,000. The ceiling will be about $131,000.
A district spokesman said the effective date of the contract has not been determined. However, because the contract was approved by an arbitrator, it does not need to be ratified by union membership or signed off on by the School Board.
The union and district differ on their estimated total funding impacts: the district says it should be $747.5 million over the biennium. The union says the package is worth $755 million.
Contract negotiations between the district and the Clark County Education Association broke down in September when the district declared an impasse.
The union sued the district and state in October after a judge determined that the union was responsible for an illegal strike. A judge declared that the union was responsible when a large number of teachers called in sick and forced some schools to close.
An injunction barred teachers from engaging in further work stoppages.