LA HABRA, Calif. (CBS) — La Habra teachers will return to the picket lines Monday, protesting cuts to pay and health benefits that school district officials want to make permanent.
Talks between the school district and the La Habra Education Association, which represents the district’s teachers, broke off last week, prompting the strike, California Teachers Association spokesman Bill Guy said. The CTA includes the La Habra Education Association.
The “big sticking point” is the board’s insistence on making the cuts permanent, Guy said. That was also what prompted teachers in the Capistrano Unified School District to go on strike in April. That walkout lasted five days before board members agreed to revisit the cuts if the district’s fortunes improved.
School board member Sharon Brown said district officials have proposed some language in the teachers’ contract that would end the cuts if the economy improves and the district receives more funds from the state, but union leaders have rejected the offers.
Hango said the cuts were necessary because of declining revenue from the state.
District officials expect to save $220,000 over two years with the cuts.
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