The teachers union presented its first proposal Tuesday evening.
The union says as class sizes have grown and staff size has declined over the years, teachers are working harder and taking home less.
The union says it has a plan to cover half of the 1-percent raise itself by transferring money from its insurance reserves to a general fund. It would also use money from the reserves to cover an increase in insurance contributions.
The union also wants the board to adopt a school calendar of 191 contract days and a request for only six furlough days.
There was some tension at the bargaining table.
“I believe the fifth year in a row employees in all groups–administrators, teachers, classified–all have given up compensation to help keep services to kids and help the district balance its budget without having as deep of cuts to staff as otherwise we would have had,” said Kerry Delf, 4J Spokeswoman.
The current teachers contracts expire on June 30.
Both unions will meet next week.