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California teachers given raise after payment dispute

Teachers were in a dispute with the school board of Desert Sands over payments. The payment dispute involved the concern over the increase in class size and no wage increases over the years. The California School Board recently approved raises for teachers.

During the recession period, the school district experienced a decrease in its budget, which meant less pay and benefits for teachers. In a recent board meeting, some of the teachers criticized the board members about the rate of pay they were receiving. According to the president of the Teachers Association, the staff has been subjected to six years without wage increases and higher out-of-pocket costs for insurance. The state funding increased this year, which made it possible for Desert Sands Unified to pay raises.

The school board unanimously approved the teachers to receive a 2 percent wage increase. Since the raise was approved, teachers are expected to receive back pay from the start of this school year. In regard to back pay, the teachers will receive it in one lump sum.

When employees work for a company for a considerable amount of time, it is understandable to expect a pay increase. Teachers must usually come out of pocket for classroom supplies such as folders and books, and failure to increase wages can result in a payment dispute. California employees who have worked for a company for a certain amount of time without increase in pay may have the right to pursue litigation for compensation. Doing so may result in financial compensation that is much needed and deserved.

Source: desertsun.com, "Desert Sands Unified School District approves raises", Brett Kelman, April 16, 2014

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