Mediator to Talk With Officials, Teachers in Lynwood District

While schools are closed during the weeklong spring vacation, negotiators for the Lynwood School District and its teachers will be meeting with a state mediator in an effort to reach a contract agreement.

A state mediator is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the district headquarters with members of the Lynwood Teachers Assn. and district officials. The 550 teachers have been working without a contract since their three-year contract expired June 30, 1988.

Both sides have said salary and fringe benefits are the key unresolved issues.

Teachers are seeking a salary increase of more than 6%. The district has offered an increase of about 3%, said Ara Prigian, teachers’ union representative.


The two sides started negotiations in the spring, 1988, Prigian said.

As the school board met Tuesday, more than 100 teachers demonstrated for nearly two hours outside the district headquarters to protest the lack of progress in negotiations.

Board President Richard Armstrong said he believed the two sides were very close to reaching a agreement.