HAYWARD -- Teachers this week overwhelmingly approved a contract that gives them a 5.5 percent raise, retroactive to July 2013.
The Hayward Unified contract, which runs through the 2015-16 school year, passed by 99.4 percent, according to a Hayward Education Association spokeswoman.
The teachers union and the district started contract talks in May 2013, said Assistant Superintendent Mark Miller. Negotiators reached an agreement March 11, and teachers voted Monday on the contract, which goes before the school board Wednesday.
Hayward teachers' pay ranges from $52,864 to $88,061, out of which they pay for their health benefits, Miller said.