Hundreds of teachers are now holding a rally at the downtown office for Fresno Unified School District. 4,000 teachers want a new contract with higher pay, smaller classrooms, and better benefits. Union members have just voted against the districts new proposal to resolve the issue.
Manuel Bonilla with the Fresno Teachers Association says so far it appears the district is unwilling to listen to association members on key issues like classroom size, safety and discipline. Teachers have threatened a possible strike if their demands are not met.
Before the rally began Fresno Unified Trustee Christopher De La Cerda said " With this current proposal it will have, be paying $18,000 per employee, which the average is $10,000 in other plans, and we're actually the strongest healthcare plan on the valley floor".
Right now the meeting continues, but it appears an impasse may be possible.
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