Teachers association fights for living allowance

Teachers Association.

Chico teachers picket for fair allowance. Photo credit: Courtney Weaver

Chico Unified Teachers Association members displayed their frustration and ongoing battle with Chico Unified School District in a picket on Wednesday at Chico High School.

The association and school district are in the mediation stage of their current disagreement. Chico Unified Teachers Association is demanding an increase in their cost of living allowance, which they have not had in seven years, but it seems that the school district is unwilling to negotiate.

According to Kevin Moretti, president of Chico Unified Teachers Association, the battle has been going on for about 40 years.

“When I first became president, which was three years ago, we started negotiations as low as we could — at about 0.5 percent — and they fought us like we were asking for millions,” Moretti said.

The teachers association plans to continue the mediation process to get some type of response and positive improvement from the school district.

“Unless we engage in these types of activities, we don’t get a thing,” Moretti said.

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