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Capistrano School District announces tentative contract with teachers [Updated]

April 27, 2010 | 12:31 am

The Capistrano Unified School District announced late Monday night that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with teachers, which would end a strike that began Thursday over the duration of pay and benefit cuts imposed in response to a $34-million budget shortfall.

In a brief statement on its website, the district said labor negotiations had been completed and it was looking forward to rHp-capistranoesuming normal school operations with all teachers and students Tuesday.

The agreement still requires the approval of the teachers union, the Capistrano Unified Education Assn.

[Updated 1 a.m.: The union said on its website that the proposed contract provides for restoration of salary and furlough days as revenue increases.

It said the pact included improved working conditions, although those conditions were not specified. And negotiations are supposed to be reopened in the 2011-12 school year.]

Few of the teachers had crossed picket lines, and hundreds of substitutes were filling in, though student attendance had dropped sharply.

The union had been demanding that the cuts expire June 30, 2011.

-- Times staff reports

Caption: Teachers picket at  Dana Hills High School. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times


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