Tuesday, September 29, 2020

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAY - WEBSITE UPDATED THURSDAY

Home News Teachers, Williams Unified reach tentative agreement to avoid strike

Teachers, Williams Unified reach tentative agreement to avoid strike

Williams Unified School District teachers won’t walk off their jobs after reaching a tentative agreement with the school district on Friday.

After a year of negotiations and an impasse that threatened a teachers strike, the Williams Teachers Association and school district agreed to a concession that amounts to roughly a 2.6 percent increase for all teachers, and an additional 1 percent increase for teachers at the beginning of careers with the school district, and at the end.

Union officials said the two-year agreement includes a restructured salary scheduled that, when finalized, will attract and retain qualified teachers to the Williams district.

“This agreement is the result of hard compromise after countless hours of dedication by our negotiations team,” said WTA President Tony Hermann. “Our focus has been on getting a settlement, and, if possible, avoiding a strike.”

The agreement specifically adds $89 a month to all Williams teachers’ health benefits, retroactively to July 1, and increases that to $189 in the next school year, essentially raising the cap on benefits from $711 a month to $900, Hermann said.

The agreement also gives a 1 percent pay raise to teachers in their first three steps on the pay scale, and an additional 1 percent increase for teachers that have been in the district for more than 22 years, up to 28 years.

Hermann expressed deep gratitude to the Williams’ parents and community.

“We saw how much this community values and supports its teachers,” he said. “That means the world to us and strengthens our resolve to make Williams an even better school district as we move forward.”

The school board is expected to vote on the agreement at their Nov. 16 meeting.

The agreement also proposes contract language changes to the work year, hours and length of workday, and other teaching and learning conditions. â– 

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net

More News

Quilters serve local needs, fire victims

Had it not been for a coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific Flyway Quilters would have held their annual Community Service Giveaway Night with a little...

Colusa County Office of Education – Request for Proposals

COLUSA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Colusa County Office of Education (CCOE) is accepting emailed bids for the bulk purchase of LTE Equipment...

CUSD working to get some students back to school

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed modern education in a way never before experience. For most schools in the state of California, getting students back to...

Life, as I see it: Wind down

As the weather turns cooler and days begin to be shorter, I find myself winding down. The business of summer, the craving to spend...

Local Government

City grants permit for cannabis expansion

Colusa’s first cannabis nursery is now looking to expand operations to include full marijana cultivation. The Colusa City Council voted 4-1, on Sept. 15, to...

Local governments spending CARES to boost IT infrastructure

In order to reduce physical interaction between individuals in the era of Covid-19, local governments are using CARES Act funding to invest in better...

County appoints new Airport Advisory Committee

The Colusa County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 1 appointed seven members to the newly restructured Airport Advisory Committee. The previous committee of about 15...

Public & Legal Notices

City of Colusa – Notice of Public Hearing

CITY OF COLUSA CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY COUNCIL will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council...

City of Colusa – Notice of Public Hearing

CITY OF COLUSA CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE CITY COUNCIL will hold a Public Hearing in the City Council...

County of Colusa – Notice of Vacancy – Colusa Cemetery District

COUNTY OF COLUSA NOTICE OF VACANCY Notice is hereby given that the Colusa County Board of Supervisors  is soliciting applications to fill a vacancy for an...

City of Colusa – Ordinance No. 542

CITY OF COLUSA ORDINANCE NO. 542 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUSA REZONING APPROXIMATELY 5.39 ACRES TO GENERAL COMMERCIAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT...

Colusa County Resource Conservation District – Request for Statement of Qualifications for Contractors

COLUSA COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATION FOR CONTRACTORS FOREST HEALTH PROJECT PHASE 1 IN COLUSA COUNTY The Colusa County Resource Conservation District...