Ripon Unified teachers also in fight for contracts

If you’ve missed today’s paper, I wrote about contract negotiations between Lodi Unified and the Lodi Education Association, which represents teachers. That can be found here.

Further down south in San Joaquin County, Ripon Unified teachers are also in the fight for fair contracts.

In an email sent by Susan DaBranca, a RUSD official, the district (with eight elementary schools and one high school) participated in fact finding on April 10 and currently are waiting 30 days with hopes it “will provide clarity and a path for all of us to move forward.”

On the district’s negotiations update page, in 2015-16 there was an offer of a 3 percent raise on the salary schedule but no agreement was reached.  An additional 2 percent was offered for 2016-17 for a total of 5 percent over two years (and 13 percent over three years).

DaBranca stressed that Ripon Unified receives much less funding per student than most neighboring districts, and they are already spending out of reserves, on top of facing the CalPERS and CalSTRS increases in contributions.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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