Negotiations fail to avert New Haven School District teachers strike

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After a 10-hour bargaining session Sunday, the New Haven Teachers Association and Unified School District managers were not able to come to an agreement. 

The district’s final offer includes a one-time, three percent off-the-schedule pay increase for the 18/19 school year and an ongoing, one percent on-the schedule pay increase beginning the 19/20 school year for the County’s highest paid teachers.

Teachers have been on strike for almost a week, and they are not backing down from their demand for a 10-percent pay raise, among other things. 

The teachers union’s offer would be spread across 18/19 and 19/20, but the school district says the proposal would cost them between $20 million and $30 million over a three-year period. 

According to the New Haven Unified School District: 

Any increase beyond the District’s last, best and final offer would require serious and significant cuts, above the already required cuts, would jeopardize student safety, diminish the integrity and quality of student programs, and threaten the District’s financial solvency.

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