Culver City teachers and school district administrators have agreed to a fact-finding panel’s recommendation that teachers receive a 5.5% salary increase over two years, heading off the possibility of the first strike ever in the Culver City Unified School District.
The agreement signed last week is the first step toward a settlement in contract negotiations that have been stalled since September 1995.
“I think it’s a big win for the union and a big relief for everyone in that it looks like there will be a settlement, not a strike,” said David Mielke, president of the Culver City Federation of Teachers.
A neutral facilitator took over labor talks in December. Culver City teachers wanted a 7% salary increase over two years, while the school district offered a 4% salary increase and a 3% one-time bonus.
A final settlement could be reached by the end of the week.