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Issued By:  
Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi (510) 337-7060  
Board President Jennifer Williams (510) 337-7187 
Alameda, Calif. — Thursday, March 28, 2024 — Negotiators for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the Alameda Education Association (AEA) reached a tentative agreement (TA) Wednesday in their negotiations over salary and other working conditions articles for the 2023-24 school year. 
Agreement Details 
Under the terms of the agreement, members of the AEA (which represents teachers, nurses, speech and language pathologists, and counselors) will receive an ongoing 6% increase, retroactive to July 1, 2023. In addition, AEA members will receive 1% retroactive to January 1, 2024, bringing the ongoing salary increase to 7%. 
In addition, AEA and AUSD agreed that AUSD would increase its contribution to health benefits to a maximum of $1,021.41 per month ($12,256.00 per year), irrespective of how many family members are on the plan, an historically significant increase to benefits.  
Funding for this ongoing increase will come from a combination of sources, including:  
  • One-time funds that will be distributed incrementally over multiple school years 
  • Current and future discretionary dollars and LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) supplemental funds
  • Contributing future ongoing or one-time revenue to the long-term costs of these current health care and salary increases 
Other elements of the TA include: 
  • Compensation to unit members when class size exceeds the contractual limit  
  • A lowered class size in 4/5 combination classes 
  • Agreement on which unit members are eligible for seniority transfers 
 “We deeply respect and depend on the work of our professional educators,” says Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi, “and we have worked hard and creatively towards a contract that reflects that respect within the constraints of state and federal funding that is consistently inadequate for the mission and mandates of public education. Today’s agreement provides a significant increase in pay and benefits for teachers, and I thank our labor partners for helping us get there.” 
The District and the AEA have been negotiating since October 2023.  The next step is for first AEA members and then AUSD's Board of Education to vote on whether to ratify this new agreement. The ratified contract must also be approved by the Alameda County Office of Education.  
 “The Board of Education would like to extend its gratitude to both negotiating teams,” says Board President Jennifer Williams. “We respect and appreciate the way the teams were able to come to an agreement that balances the needs of employees and the financial health of the district. I want to expressly thank District leadership for its creative solutions during this negotiations cycle, and, in partnership with my colleagues on the Board of Education, tirelessly working to fundamentally change the way we compensate our employees in AUSD despite limited state funding to do so.  
 “We look forward to a continued partnership with our labor partners as we collectively serve our students and families in the Alameda community.” 
Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) serves about 9000 students in Alameda, Calif., an island community in the SF Bay Area. For more information, please visit the AUSD website, follow @AUSDNews on Twitter, Alameda Unified on Facebook, and AlamedaUnified on Instagram.  Questions? Contact Susan Davis, Senior Manager, Community Affairs, at