Teachers, NHUSD Return to Bargaining Table Thursday

Representatives from the New Haven Teachers Association and the New Haven Unified School District will return to the negotiating table Thursday to try to end a teacher's strike that started on May 20.

Officials with the teachers' union said that both sides were working towards a tentative agreement, but nothing has been announced as of Thursday morning.

Union officials reiterated that the district can afford the association-proposed 3.7 percent and 3.26 percent cost-of-living-allowance raises for the next two school years.

"In addition to the $26 million in unrestricted reserves, the NHUSD gets a COLA (cost of living adjustment) for the entire budget every year. That means the portion of the 'pie' for teacher compensation also gets a COLA," NHTA President Joe Ku'e Angeles said in a statement. "District managers, by not passing that on to teachers, are stealing from the teachers."

Negotiations between the two sides restarted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, but teachers association officials said no more updates would be sent until a counter-proposal from district officials is received.

Educators planned to return to picket lines starting at 7 a.m. Thursday and will be hosting a news conference at Conley-Caraballo High School at 541 Blanche St. in Hayward at 8:30 a.m.

Students will hold a community rally that will be attended by educators at 11 a.m. at Charles F. Kennedy Park at 1333 Decoto Road in Union City.

That will be following by block parties and neighborhood conversations near the following three schools in Union City: Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle at 31604 Alvarado Blvd., Cesar Chavez Middle School at 2801 Hop Ranch Road and the NHUSD Educational Services Center at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road.

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