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Madera teachers reach a contract agreement after talks of strike. Here’s how union voted

Scenes from the teachers’ strike in Los Angeles

Thousands of teachers involved with United Teachers Los Angeles have been striking since Jan. 14, 2019. These teachers are fighting for smaller class sizes, more staff and higher pay.
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Thousands of teachers involved with United Teachers Los Angeles have been striking since Jan. 14, 2019. These teachers are fighting for smaller class sizes, more staff and higher pay.

Madera Unified has reached an agreement with its teachers union, the district announced Wednesday, averting the threat of a strike.

The tentative contract agreement includes a 2 percent salary increase and maintains a 3 percent escalator to the district’s contribution to health benefits.

The Madera Unified Teachers Association shared on social media that 98.5 percent of teachers voted in favor of the agreement.

In February, a majority of union members indicated they would be willing to strike should it become necessary. The union had asked for a 4.75 percent salary increase and no caps on health benefits, which the district countered by offering a 1.75 percent raise and a cap on benefits.

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