Thursday, March 18, 2010

Contract between San Diego Teachers and School District Successfully Ratified

A labor contract is a form of agreement between the management and workers that specifies the nature of their relationship and the rights of each party. Having one is an advantage on the part of the workers because it will protect them from unjust practices of their employers.

Hopefully, San Diego teachers will rejoice in the changes made in the recently-ratified written labor agreement with the San Diego Unified School District.

According to reports, 3,062 union members voted in favor of the contract while 108 others voted against it.

Some of the changes included in the contract are:

• Teachers will be require to take at least five furlough days through 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.
• Contract language calls for protecting smaller class sizes and staffing levels for both school counselors and nurses.
• Teachers will be provided with three different salary increases, which will happen between the 2012-13 school year.
• The district’s health care costs will be lessened by boosting the teachers’ co-pays.
• Other small changes to the teachers’ health care benefits

Aside from the different changes that the contract will require, this agreement will also serve as an instrument in building a harmonious relationship between the teachers and the school district.