Hundreds of teachers filled the gym at Madera South High School to hear the specifics of the tentative agreement that has been reached between the negotiators for the Madera teachers’ union and Madera Unified, and what they heard delighted them.
If the union membership ratifies the agreement on Wednesday, Madera teachers will get their first across-the-board pay raise in seven years. The district is offering a two percent salary increase for this school year. If approved, the wage settlement will last until June 2016, at which time it could be reopened by either side.
Teachers also learned that there will be no hard cap on the health and welfare benefits. Instead, the agreement includes a formula that establishes the district’s annual contribution for employee health insurance this year as a base from which future district contributions can be calculated.
The district’s contribution will increase by about three percent each year whether or not the cost of insurance goes up...