FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE/KSEE) – As Fresno Unified School District gets ready for a possible strike by teachers with the Fresno Teachers Association, the district is seeking substitute teachers for their classrooms.

The FTA says they are demanding better pay working conditions and lifetime health care.

Fresno Unified School District says their students remain the first priority and there will be no school closures, even in the event of a strike. Schools will remain open, safe, and full of critical learning for students.

As a result, announced on Tuesday the school district will pay $500 a day to substitute teachers in the event of a strike.

Fresno Unified says they are seeking high-quality candidates locally and statewide teachers in the event that there is a strike by the Fresno Teachers Association. In support of this effort, the district will increase its substitute teacher pay to $500 a day if a strike takes place.

“While we continue to work toward an agreement with our teachers, our students can’t afford to
lose any more learning time and we’re committed to ensuring that doesn’t happen. If a strike
does become a reality, we are prepared. Our schools will remain open and safe and students will
be learning,” said Superintendent Bob Nelson.

To apply visit the Fresno Unified School District website.