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Calaveras Teachers' Strike Encouraged By Progress Of Negotiations

Courtesy Calaveras Unified Educators Assn

Calaveras Unified School District teachers picket during their strike Oct. 19, 2017.

Courtesy Calaveras Unified Educators Assn

Teachers on strike say they're encouraged by the progress of negotiations with the Calaveras Unified School District.

Members of the union went on strike last week over salary, class size, and safety issues.

The two sides were in talks over the weekend.

Lorraine Angel is the Calaveras Unified Educators Association president. She says she's confident an agreement can be reached soon.

"Worst case scenario is that we can't reach agreement, but I think that we're close enough that it may take part of tomorrow, but I think worse case scenario is the end of the week," Angel said.

The District says it has agreed to reduce some class sizes and create a district-wide safety committee.

It has also made an informal offer of a 3 percent salary increase and a one-time, 2 percent payment.

Teachers were asking for a 6.5 percent salary increase based on the recommendation of a neutral fact-finder. 

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