VENTURA : Tentative Pact Reached With Teachers

The Ventura Unified School District and the teachers union have reached a tentative contract settlement for the second time since negotiations began last summer.

Last month, the district's more than 600 teachers rejected a tentative contract settlement, primarily because they don't want to pay for retired teachers' medical benefits.

Under the new proposal, the district would pay for the benefits by reducing the percentage of the district's general fund revenues of $25 million that teachers and other employees would receive for salaries. The percentage would be reduced from 58% to 50%.

The 8% difference will be added to other district money to fund health insurance and other fringe benefits, said Jerry Mittelholtz, the union's president.

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