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LAUSD, union reach tentative agreement

March 25, 2009 8:24:02 AM PDT
The L.A. Unified School District and the union representing teachers have reached a tentative agreement in the fight over teacher contracts.This is a multi-year contract that the two sides have tentatively agreed to and is expected to run until 2011.

The teachers still need to vote on it to make it official, but it does appear to address some of the major sticking points.

One issue was furlough days. The district was asking teachers to take days off without pay, but that's not going to happen under the deal.

Teachers would be fully funded for health benefits, but there would be no salary raises under the terms of the contract. It would, however, create a panel to keep pay levels competitive with other school districts.

The one thing the agreement does not address is the possibility of layoffs. The district is looking at over 8,000 layoffs, and close to half of those would be teachers.

"The layoffs are still scheduled. We're obviously working with the federal stimulus money, the budget from the state, to try to have the least impact, lay off as few employees as possible, but yes, that's still scheduled to happen," said David Holmquist from LAUSD.

The district is expected to address the issue of layoffs later this month.


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