Los Angeles School Police Association is First Union to Conclude 2012-13 Furlough Deal with LAUSD

Los Angeles (May 18, 2012) -- The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has reached an agreement with the union representing the District’s 437 police and school safety officers that will save $2.1 million for the general fund in 2012-13.

The agreement, which calls for the department’s employees to take 10 furlough days beginning July 1, 2012, is the first that LAUSD has negotiated with the 11 bargaining units from whom it is seeking a deal on furlough days for the coming school year.

“I am grateful that the police officers have become the first union to reduce their own pay to help our students in these tough times,” said Superintendent John Deasy. “My hope is that our other negotiating partners will quickly follow their lead and provide further revenue that can be directed to the classroom.”

“LASPA (The Los Angeles School Police Association) recognizes the painful economic times facing us all,” said James Ream, LASPA president. “This job and restoration services agreement – though painful to us all – provides a solution for maintaining critical services for our schools and students.”