Fresno Unified teachers rally with threat to strike
More than a thousand members of the Fresno Teachers Association rallied Wednesday evening vowing to strike if the union and the Fresno Unified School District fail to reach a new contract by Sept. 29, the Fresno Bee reported.
The union represents over 4,000 teachers, nurses, social workers and other professionals, according to the Bee.
The contract negotiations between the two started in November ahead of the contract ending on June 30.
FTA’s proposals request a 7.26% pay raise, 100% district-paid healthcare and multimillion dollar investments for students, such as free laundry service and free clothes and school supplies for students in need.
“Systemic changes in this district have only happened when educators have taken collective action,” FTA president Manuel Bonilla said during the rally that shut down N Street in downtown Fresno.
Other Fresno-area districts have rallied this week as well, including educators frustrated by contract negotiations with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Office and the Parlier Unified School District.