Shortly after the Fresno Teachers Association agreed on a new contract with Fresno Unified School District to avert a strike, the vast majority of the district’s teachers have voted to ratify the agreement.
Hours later, Fresno Unified’s school board of trustees voted unanimously to approve the agreement.
The big picture: The FTA’s new three-year deal with the district will provide teachers with 16 percent raises and five percent one-time payments, as well as provide lower class sizes and provide healthcare for employees until they are eligible for Medicare.
- Wednesday, 92 percent of district teachers voted in favor of ratification of the contract, the FTA announced.
- The Fresno Unified Board of Trustees approved the agreement during its meeting Wednesday evening, completing the process after a year and a half of negotiations.
What they’re saying: “This agreement is an historic investment in the future of our children and the future of Fresno,” said FTA President Manuel Bonilla. “I am immensely proud of our teachers for standing up for real, transformational change that will deliver smaller class sizes and greater classroom investment for every Fresno student.”