CALEXICO -- An undetermined number of Calexico Unified School District classified employees on Friday deliberately missed work to protest stalled contract negotiations.

The action by members of the California School Employees Association Chapter 399 was more spontaneous than predetermined and may also extend into Monday, said union president Sonia Redona. 

"It's been 24 months of negotiations and something has to be done," Redona said.

The local CSEA chapter is seeking a retroactive 10 percent salary increase to be spread out over the past and current three school years, Redona said.

The 10 percent salary hike would offset concessions the district is seeking in increased medical insurance premium and retirement contributions.

District officials were not immediately available for comment.  

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