The agreement, which still must be ratified by the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) and the LAUSD Board of Education, would take effect in the upcoming school year. District officials have asked employees for temporary pay cuts, trying to avoid further layoffs that could result from decreased state spending for schools.
Superintendent John Deasy applauded the move, thanking AALA members for their financial sacrifice that benefits students. “I sincerely appreciate this decision from our valued employees, who are willing to accept a smaller salary that keeps more people working in the District and ultimately helps our children,” Deasy said.
The deal calls for AALA members to work 10 fewer days, allowing the District to apply the $12 million savings toward preserving jobs for the upcoming school year. The final number of unpaid days required to avoid layoffs depends upon the outcome of the November election.
The Superintendent added that if voters approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative in November, officials may be able to reduce the number of furlough days, while allowing students to enjoy a full academic calendar year.
The members of AALA will vote on the plan this coming week. Approval from a simple majority of voting members is needed to ratify the deal, said Judith Perez, AALA president.
“This tentative agreement, if ratified, will restore and preserve a substantial number of AALA positions,” Perez said. “I wish to thank our hardworking members for their numerous sacrifices during the severe financial crisis of the past three years.
She added: “I am hopeful that passage of the Governor’s Initiative in November will result in additional restorations that will further benefit our members and District students.”