Teachers' strike ends in Southern California following tentative agreement (2)

08:17, April 28, 2010      

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Officials with the Capistrano Unified Education Association, which represents the district's 2,200 teachers, recently said they will accept the pay cuts, but only if they expire on June 30, 2011.

But School board members last month cut off negotiations and unilaterally implemented the salary cuts, prompting the teachers to wage a strike.

District officials had repeatedly said they cannot afford to rescind the pay cut because of declining state funding and poor previous management.

"It is the courage and determination of CUEA members on the picket lines and the thousands of supportive district parents and community members that resulted in the tentative contract agreement with the CUSD Board of Education," union President Vicki Soderberg said.

"The CUEA bargaining team and leadership cannot find words adequate to express their appreciation for CUEA members' solidarity and support during this difficult time. It is without question that this victory could not have been achieved absent our unity and collective action. When we go back into the classroom together, we can hold our heads high."

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