Friday , December 15 2017

As Possible Strike Looms, Fresno Unified And Teachers’ Union Still At Odds

Earlier this month the Fresno Teachers Association voted to authorize a strike. They have been bargaining with the Fresno Unified School district for over a year. Today both groups met for a marathon bargaining session. Laura Tsutsui reports on what the groups are hoping for, and how some parents feel about the potential for a strike. The district and FTA have been bargaining about issues including teacher compensation, school safety and class size. The FTA has put eighteen articles on the table. The district has said it’s making concessions in many of these areas, but the two sides are still at odds. “What are we looking for? We’re looking for systemic change, holistic change. Either things are good for students or they’re not,” says Manuel Bonilla, a teacher at McLane High School. He’s also a volunteer member of the FTA’s bargaining team. At this time, the FTA and district have moved to the fact-finding phase of the bargaining process. A fact-finding panel is scheduled to convene
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