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San Ysidro teachers reach deal to end strike

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SAN YSIDRO (CNS/CBS 8) - Teachers in the San Ysidro School District were back on the job Monday following a three-day strike.

Representatives of the teachers and district officials reached a tentative three-year deal late Sunday night, and the instructors overwhelmingly approved the contract Monday. The pact calls for a 1 percent raise, a one-time 1 percent bonus, and the implementation of a full-day kindergarten program.

"We had hoped for a bigger increase after all this, especially since we haven't had a raise in years and years," teacher Tina Bernard said.

The contract is similar to the one offered to them before they voted to strike -- a 1.5 percent increase plus a one-time .5 percent bonus. 

"It's not a complete victory, but a sense of satisfaction that we felt we did the right thing," teacher Jim Delgado said.

The district, claiming financial trouble, had threatened to cut the teachers' salaries.

The settlement comes after several contentious days in which more than 200 teachers picketed outside schools. Parents who supported them rushed into the district headquarters building on Friday. 

"The only thing we really need is the recognition that we do work and that we care for the students, and we are here for them," teacher Rosa Coords said.

Interim Superintendent George Cameron told reporters Monday that the biggest lesson learned during the job action was that the two sides need to communicate more with each other.

"We need to be able to work together, in tandem, and work around our common interests," Cameron said.

On its Facebook page, the San Ysidro Education Association wrote, "Parents, we could not have done it without you! Our gratitude is immense! See you at school today."

The three-day strike cost the San Ysidro School District $200,000.

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