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School bus drivers taking furlough days

September 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
School bus drivers have agreed to take six unpaid furlough days to help ease the budget crisis for the Los Angeles Unified School District.The union representing the drivers says the deal will save the district about $1 million dollars.

In exchange, the district will restore the full-time hours of nearly 200 drivers.

The district had slashed their work day to seven hours due to the budget shortfall.

The union says the decision is a major sacrifice but worth it to preserve jobs.

District Superintendent Ramon Cortines is urging other unions to make similar offers.

Under the agreement between the district and the Service Employees International Union Local 99, more than 1,000 full and part-time bus drivers will take the furlough days during the current school year.

LAUSD bus drivers transport about 55,000 students each day.

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