Teachers' strike ends in Southern California following tentative agreement

08:15, April 28, 2010      

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Hundreds of teachers returned to classrooms in Orange County, Southern California on Tuesday after a tentative agreement was reached to end a three-day strike, a union official said.

Under the agreement, school authorities agree to restore salaries and furlough days as revenues increase, according to Bill Guy of the California Teachers Association (CTA).

The three-year agreement also calls for health benefit rates based on the district's 2010 level of contributions, instead of 2009 levels, and contract language improving working conditions regarding surplus transfer language and improvement in leaves, said Guy.

"We are pleased to announce that the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees has entered into a tentative agreement with the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) that completes the labor negotiations process through June 2012," Julie Hatchel, the district's executive director of administrative services, said.

Most of the district's 2,200 teachers walked out of classrooms last Thursday to protest a 10.1 percent cut in salaries.

The pay cuts are projected to save the district about 19.9 million dollars, but the district still needs to close a 34- million-dollar budget gap.

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