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Blue Collar Workers at S.D. Schools Get Pay Hike

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego school board members approved a labor deal Tuesday that gives about 2,700 of its blue collar workers a significant pay hike next year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Hundreds of bus drivers, custodians and food servers at San Diego schools will get a 5.7 percent salary increase next year under the new contract. That means the district will pay school employees about 80-cents more an hour. The district also agreed to give workers more flexibility in how and when they can use their vacation time. School board members Katherine Nakamura and Luis Acle thanked union leaders for their hard work.

Nakamura: It’s a milestone for these negotiations to go as smoothly with all the hard work everyone put into it.  We got a great year ahead of us, and an early start.

Acle: Thank you very much. The adoption is unanimous. Congratulations. Thank you very much.

Last month the school board also approved a 5.7 percent pay hike for four other labor groups including San Diego teachers' union. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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