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Lodi Unified School District, classified union reach tentative deal

Furlough days restored, 2 percent retroactive salary increase coming

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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:50 am, Mon Sep 23, 2013.

Lodi Unified School District classified employees have had all of the furlough days in place since January 2011 restored under a tentative contract agreement reached this week.

The agreement settles bargaining for the current school year, as well as last school year.

Current employees will also receive a one-time payment equal to 2 percent of their gross salary for both years.

The negotiating parties have been working on the agreement since January. The improvement in contract language and processes will benefit both employees and the school district, according to Mike McKilligan, the district’s assistant superintendent of personnel.

“After months and years of uncertainty surrounding school funding, we are very happy to have reached this agreement with Lodi Unified School District,” Mark Cramer, CSEA negotiations chairman, said in a news release.

He said that the union worked hard to pass Proposition 30 to provide more funding for the state’s schools, and that work is now coming to fruition.

The state initiative, approved by voters in November 2012, increased personal income taxes to California residents with an annual income of more than $250,000, in order to prevent $6 billion in cuts to education.

“(LUSD’s) restoration of furlough days means our members will be able to provide more services to our students and we are very happy about that,” Cramer said. “We look forward to working collaboratively with LUSD in the future to continue to improve the lives of our students, members and community.”

Other contract changes include increasing the number of lay-off notification days from 45 to 60. The district must also provide the union president a copy of the re-employment list quarterly, under the tentative agreement.

It will likely go before the board of trustees Oct. 15 for final adoption.

Classified employees include custodians, clerical staff, bus drivers and those who work in the school cafeterias.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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