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Galt school unions reach tentative contract agreement

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Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 12:00 am

The Galt Joint Union High School District and the Galt Federation of Certificated and Classified Employees reached a tentative agreement in ongoing labor negotiations on Friday.

The contract for the 2013-14 school year includes a 2 1/2 percent increase to the salary schedule effective July 1, 2013.

Additionally, a subcommittee comprising certificated unit members and administrators to work on a pilot project for improvements in the teacher evaluation process, as well as granting release time for classified employees to attend federation business, according to a news release issued by the district.

Late last month, it was determined a neutral third-party mediator would be called in to attempt to resolve differences between the district and the classified union after union leaders declared an impasse in contract negotiations.

Both the classified and certificated negotiating teams have been meeting regularly at the bargaining table with the district and even taken their concerns to board members directly during public meetings.

In January, union president Alex Bauer said the next step would be what he termed “public informational picketing” outside district offices. Union members also held several 20-minute public demonstrations after school in Dec. 2013.

The tentative agreement will be presented to the federation certificated and classified bargaining units for ratification and to the school board for approval at the next meeting, likely next month.

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