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NHTA members’ courageous stand wins tentative agreement

Historic 14 Day Teacher Strike Suspended

UNION CITY – The New Haven Teachers Association strike is suspended after a tentative agreement was reached Friday with the New Haven Unified School District management. If ratified, teachers could return to their classrooms as early as Monday, ending NHTA’s historic 14-day strike.

 “It is the courage and determination of NHTA members on the picket lines and the thousands of supportive parents and community members that finally resulted in this tentative contract agreement,” said NHTA President Joe Ku’e Angeles. 

Brief details of the tentative agreement effective upon ratification and school board approval are as follows:

  • 3% on schedule mid-year implementation, effective January 1, 2019, a 2.5% bonus for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • 1%  on schedule starting July 1, 2019, with a contingency of 1% more on the salary schedule based upon the passage of school funding legislation.
  • Opportunities for retirees to earn full-year credit with 14 days of summer school or on student assessments.

The package falls within the framework recommended in the fact-finding report.  “Our Association has always assured our members that they would have the final say, and this tentative agreement will allow them to weigh in democratically on Sunday, June 9.”  A membership meeting and ratification vote is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, June 9, at 12:30 p.m. at the Portuguese Hall, located at 30846 Watkins Street in Union City (94587). Members must be present to vote.

“The NHTA bargaining team and leadership cannot find words adequate to express their appreciation for NHTA members’ solidarity and support during this difficult time,” he said. Angeles also expressed deep gratitude to the New Haven parents and community.


“This is just the first step in creating the public schools our students deserve.  We saw how much this community shares our values and supports its educators. That means the world to us and strengthens our resolve to make New Haven an even better school district as we move forward.”

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NHTA President & Staff

NHTA President & Staff

The New haven Teachers Association (NHTA) was established to ensure that the rights of the most valuable professionals, teachers, are protected. NHTA is an affiliate of the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA). By being part of the local, state and national conversations of education issues, NHTA is current on all the challenges and changes that impact service in public education. 

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