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Capistrano Unified strike enters third day, talks to resume

April 26, 2010 |  1:06 pm
Thousands of Capistrano Unified School District teachers resumed picketing Monday as a strike over pay  and benefits entered its third day.

Schools in Orange County’s second-largest school district were open and staffed with more than 600 substitutes and some regular classroom teachers. But attendance in the 51,000-student district remained substantially decreased, with just 17% of high school students in class and 37% of students in school overall.

More than 2,000 teachers began striking on Thursday to protest a 10% pay cut that was imposed by the district to help close a $34-million budget shortfall.

The teachers union has said it will accept the cut if it expires on June 30, 2011, and if the district is willing to restore other benefits if new monies become available.

The two sides met for more than 12 hours in weekend bargaining sessions but failed to resolve the dispute. Talks were scheduled to resume Monday.

-- Carla Rivera

Photo:  Teachers walk the picket line for the third day outside Dana Hills High School. Credit: Don Bartletti  / Los Angeles Times