Nothing has changed. The district and union are still negotiating the layoffs of classified personnel. This process will most likely continue into July or even August before there is a resolution. The union is still standing behind NO REDUCTION OF HOURS. Each position is being considered individually.
Unfortunately, when the schools were offered the $5000 incentive to maintain a 25 hour library, there was no continuity within the district. Each site was able to determine how those hours would be disbursed. Chris and I are working to make sure that the union representatives are aware of this situation. With the help of the union, we are undoing processes and procedures that have been practiced for years within our district which weren’t in the best interest of the classified employees. This is why we need everyone to be attentive and keep our union representation abreast of all situations.
The union has asked the district to hold off sending out the layoff contracts until all negotiations have been finalized. However, the district is going forward with the distribution. These contracts are not valid until all negotiations are complete and final.
Things you need to know if you or another staff receives their notices
- Make sure that the contract (not the cover letter) makes no mention of hourly reduction. The contract should either refer to layoff or bumping scenario. If there is any mention of reduction of hours, contact the union immediately.
- The contract DOES NOT need to be signed when presented to you. If there is any problem, have your administrator contract Beth Berndt. You have time to read the contract and make a decision.
- It is okay to sign the contract. Sign according to which decision you would make if the layoffs are negotiated.
Remember, nothing has been agreed upon. This is not to say that the layoffs will not take place. Negotiations are still in progress. However, at this time, NO ONE SHOULD BE APPROACHED REGARDING REDUCTION OF HOURS!!!
Please pass along this information to all classified personnel at your sites.
Janet Vash – firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Media Technician – Charles Wagner Elementary School
714-996-1942, ext. 7601