FUSD, FTA hold 11th hour negotiations as strike looms

Both sides are optimistic about recent progress made in negotiations as the strike nears.

With Fresno Unified teachers set to strike Wednesday, the district and the Fresno Teachers Association will update the public Tuesday morning about their continued negotiations. 

Driving the news: FUSD and the FTA released a joint statement Monday afternoon announcing that they will hold a press conference Tuesday morning at Fresno High School to provide updates about the negotiations. 


  • While the announcement was short on specifics, the two sides said they have made significant progress in negotiations. 
  • District teachers voted to strike last week, with 93.5 percent of voters approving the strike authorization. A vast majority of eligible union members, 92 percent, participated in the vote. 
  • If the district and the union are unable to agree on a new contract by tomorrow – after a year and a half of failed negotiations – teachers will walk out Wednesday morning. 
  • FUSD has raised substitute pay to $500 per day to attract substitute teachers. 

What they’re saying: “With a strike on the horizon, negotiators representing district administration and teachers have spent countless hours over the past weekend making considerable progress to address contract terms,” FUSD and the FTA said in a statement. “Both sides are continuing to work through this evening and remain optimistic about continued progress.”

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