“We ratified it — a little over 80 percent approval rate,” he said, based on a vote by his membership March 27.
The tentative contract was approved by the district and TEA on March 13, and if the TUSD board of trustees approves it at its next board meeting, the contract will go into effect July 1.
Once approved, it will be the first contract in five years to include a pay raise for TUSD teachers, according to Anderson.
“After five years with no raises, almost six years with the year almost over, people were pretty willing to accept the offer,” he said. “We had some positive contractual changes. The working conditions were pretty important, but not having a raise for five years was the primary factor.”
The major points of the contract include:
• A 3 percent salary increase for the 2013-14 school year, retroactive to July 1, 2013.
• A 1.65 percent onetime lump sum for the 2013-14 school year.
• Amendment of several important working conditions for teachers.
Because the higher pay for teachers will be retroactive, Anderson said the next big question is when the district will start paying teachers the back money if TUSD trustees sign off on the contract as predicted.
“I’m waiting for Casey Goodall to report back to us when they know they will have the cash flow to make the payments,” Anderson said.
Goodall is the district’s assistant superintendent for business services.
Anderson said the agreement showed the district moving in the direction of meeting the teachers’ financial needs.
“It’s not a finish line or end point,” he said. “Not only have we not had a raise for five years, but no district contribution to our health plan for 10 years. This one raise is a step, a step towards improving our financial conditions.”
The board of trustees is expected to vote on the matter during the meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office at 1875 W. Lowell Ave.
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