Bill Guy is Region IV Communications Consultant with the California Teachers Association. He is based in CTA’s San Diego Regional Resource Center.

National City Teachers Win New Contract, Avert Strike

Only a few hours before they were set to walk picket lines in an unfair labor practices strike, the 354 members of the National City Elementary Teachers Association in south San Diego County learned they would be going back into their classrooms that day instead. Following 18 hours of intense negotiations, the NCETA’s bargaining team inked a temporary agreement with the National School District at 2:30 a.m., Friday morning, February 4, 2011. On Thursday, February 10, 2011, 97 percent of the union’s membership ratified the new contract, ending a full year of protracted, difficult bargaining.