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Teachers & district reach possible 3-year contract deal

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POSTED June 20, 2017 1:26 a.m.

The Manteca Unified School District and the Manteca Educators Association have reached a tentative agreement for a multi-year contract that would prevent the possibility of a teacher strike.
But it will be up to the roughly 1,200 Manteca Unified teachers to give their collective stamp of approval before the contract negotiations come to a close.
According to an announcement released by the district, the tentative agreement would extend the contract for three years. No additional information about the specifics of the agreement were disclosed.
“The next steps to the process will be for MEA to follow up with their membership including a viewing and then a vote,” the release stated. “After a successful vote by the union membership, the contract will go to the School Board for the final process of public input and final adoption.
“We continue to value and respect the negotiation process and appreciate everyone’s efforts to come to a successful conclusion.”
But this isn’t the first time in this negotiation cycle that a tentative agreement has been reached.
Earlier this month the negotiation team for the teachers and those representing the district reached a tentative agreement that was ultimately rejected by the teachers when it went to a vote.
After negotiations continued with a State-approved mediator and produced no results, the school board made a public proposal outside of mediation accepting nearly all of the stipulations that the teachers had requested in a single-year contract, with only minor changes. The district’s proposal also extended the contract out over three-years, although negotiating outside of mediation drew a sharp rebuke by the MEA negotiators who accused the school board of violating California labor laws.
The tense back-and-forth was acknowledged by the district in the release about the most current tentative agreement.
“Contract negotiations can be lengthy and complicated, MUSD would like to thank MEA and certificated staff for their patience and understanding through this difficult process.”
Additional information about the MUSD negotiations can be found at www.mantecausd.net/negotiations.

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