UPDATE at bottom.
This from the Capistrano Unified Education Association, regarding the fact-finder's report:
Capistrano Teachers Accept Neutral Fact Finder’s Recommendations
ALISO VIEJO – Members of the Capistrano Unified Education Association’s (CUEA) Site Representative Council – comprised of CUEA members representing their colleagues at every district school site – voted unanimously at a Monday afternoon meeting March 15 to accept a settlement recommended by the neutral fact finder, mutually selected by the district’s teachers and the Capistrano school board to craft a compromise to end more than nine months of protracted contract negotiations.
“Although this kind of settlement – calling on teachers to give up temporary salary and health benefits cuts – is not something we would welcome during ordinary times, Capistrano teachers recognize that everyone in our community is suffering now from the downturn in the economy,” said CUEA President Vicki Soderberg. “From the beginning, we have offered to do our part, and now the neutral fact finder is recommending temporary cuts in line with contract settlements already achieved by teachers and school districts throughout
“The recommended settlement was written by a well-respected neutral fact finder with extensive educational and school budget experience and special training to analyze the facts in difficult contract disputes. Teachers and the school board mutually agreed that someone outside the district, looking at the situation with fresh eyes, might be able to use facts presented by both sides as a foundation for a mediated settlement,” said Soderberg. “We believe she has, and we hope the board will now direct its bargaining team to return to the negotiating table where the CUEA team will be waiting.”
“Rather than spending precious time, energy, and money on strike preparations, such as offering $200 a day – more than double the standard rate – to strike substitutes, the CUEA school board needs to save our precious resources and devote the whole of their energies to the negotiating table, using the neutral’s report as a foundation for settlement talks. Reaching a mutually agreeable settlement is the teachers’ goal, and we hope it is the board’s as well.”
“We urge parents, business leaders, and community members to join us by insisting that the CUSD board work with the CUEA negotiating team to accept the neutral fact finder’s reasonable and responsible solutions to the temporary economic crisis facing our schools,” said Soderberg. “By doing so, they can help us secure the future sustainability of public education in Capistrano Unified.”
The CUEA has released a summary of the fact-finder report that details the savings and costs to teachers. See that here: Download CUEA summary (2)