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Hart district reaches agreement with union

Classified employees must still approve contract

Posted: June 23, 2012 3:55 a.m.
Updated: June 23, 2012 3:55 a.m.

Following nearly eight months of impasse, the Hart district and its classified union, which represents nearly 700 employees, have reached a settlement agreement for the 2011-12 contract, officials said this week.

The agreement was approved by the William S. Hart Union High School District board on Wednesday. It still requires a final vote by California School Employees Association, Chapter 349 members.

Included in the agreement is a 1.08 percent pay increase for all employees, which amounts to the restoration of one furlough day, Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said Friday.

The Hart district's teachers union, known as the Hart District Teachers Association, received the same pay adjustment.

"Due to the impasse, the CSEA increase was on hold until a settlement was reached," Pinsker said.

The settlement agreement comes after months of standstill in negotiations between the Hart district and the union that represents classroom aides, receptionists, custodians and bus drivers.

The Hart district declared impasse on Nov. 10, 2011, which set the stage for a third-party mediator to help the two sides reach an agreement.

"The board is pleased with the settlement agreement and that our bargaining units continue to partner with the district in creating solutions that work for everyone with regard to ongoing budget challenges brought on by the state," Pinsker said. "We appreciate the cooperative work by all involved."



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