Union City teachers meeting with district today to avoid strike

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Teachers in Union City are spending their last days of the school year preparing to go on strike starting Monday if they can not reach an agreement with the New Haven Unified School District.

The Teachers Association has asked for a 20% raise over two years, but the school district is offering 0%.

According to the district, New Haven teacher salaries are second highest in all of the East Bay, making an average of $96,000. 

But the association says many are still struggling to find affordable housing in the area. 

The one thing teachers in the district can agree on right now is that neither wants a strike to happen, but teachers say they don’t know what else to do at this point. 

District spokesman John Mattos says the district is already cutting $4 million from next year’s budget, citing declining enrollment and a subsequent lack of funding from the government. 

The Teachers Association and the district are expected to be back at the bargaining table today at 10 a.m. 

But if nothing changes, teachers say the strike will begin Monday. 

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