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Teachers OK Contract by 93 Percent Vote

The Teachers Association of Long Beach has ratified a tentative contract with the Long Beach Unified School District.

TALB reports that 2,000 employees, or 93 percent, voted in favor of the deal.

The union and LBUSD reached the tentative agreement on May 7.  The agreement includes five unpaid furlough days next school year, along with other contract changes, in exchange for the preservation of 200 teaching jobs.

The contract is now likely to be considered for approval by the Board of Education at its June 1 meeting.

Upon the school board’s final approval, three of the furlough days would occur Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 22 to 24.  These dates immediately precede the Nov. 25 and 26 holiday for Thanksgiving.  The fourth and fifth furlough days will be taken March 25 and March 28, 2011.

The agreement also calls for cost-saving measures related to health benefits, though none of these measures will result in any increase in employee contributions toward monthly health care costs for full-time teachers.  LBUSD employees currently pay zero in monthly payroll deductions for health care, and that will not change under the proposed agreement.  See the school district’s May 10 update for details on the tentative agreement, including supporting documents, available at www.lbschools.net under Bargaining Update.

Layoff hearings for teachers, meanwhile, continued this week, delaying the issuance of final layoff notices to roughly mid-June for some teachers.  The school board has already OK’d 243 final layoff notices for teachers and other certificated employees.

Under the tentative contract agreement, the school district would restore 200 of the positions on the school board’s final layoff list, no later than 30 work days following the board’s action on the final list.  The final layoff list may be OK’d by the school board in June.