Teachers Ratify Deal

The membership of the Teachers Association of Long Beach has ratified a tentative labor agreement with the school district giving teachers a 4.53 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2007. TALB members approved the deal in an election in which 98 percent expressed support for the contract, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The proposed contract must now be approved by the Los Angeles County Office of Education before going to the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education for approval.