Teachers rally for raises

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe two sides are scheduled to meet in a third mediation session Wednesday. “In light of the governor’s revised budget, we believe the district’s concerns about problems coming two to three years down the road are not warranted,” said Gerald Gandolfo, president of Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada. But district officials said that Schwarzenegger’s proposal – while good news – only provides more money for the 2006-07 fiscal year, not this one. “It’s next year’s money,” Superintendent Ginger Shattuck said. “There’s a lot of one-time money and it’s just a proposal. Until \ signs, it’s just that.” Teachers, who were picketing before and during the meeting weren’t buying the district’s response. They were chanting, “Arnold came through. How about you?” Eleven people spoke to the board Monday. One was Nancy Chavez, a parent of a student at Chavez Elementary School. “They deserve what they’re asking for and deserve even more,” Garcia said. “You have great teachers here.” Teachers complained about being underpaid. “We feel frustrated because our pay checks seem to be going in the wrong direction,” said Ayline Amirayan, a Los Alisos Middle School teacher. “We just want to be able to provide for our children.” The district has been taking money from existing checks to pay for increased health insurance costs. However, that money will be repaid once a settlement is reached because the district already has agreed to pick up all cost increases, Shattuck said. Shattuck said she wasn’t bothered by the picketing and complaints at Monday’s meeting. “The teachers are frustrated that we haven’t settled,” she said. “I totally understand that perspective. If they feel coming here will help, then they need to come.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal to provide schools with an additional $5.1 billion starting in July added even more fuel to the labor dispute in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. The teachers and the district are less than 1 percent apart, but the district expects to receive $1.5 million more than expected in fiscal 2006-07 as a result of Schwarzenegger’s proposal, said Maureen Saul, assistant superintendent of business services. Teachers argued Monday at the Board of Education meeting – where about 300, mostly teachers and some parents, were picketing – that the district now can afford to give a raise of 3.75 percent. The district has offered a 3 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2005, and an additional half percent beginning July 1 of this year. last_img read more