The teachers union for the Lodi Unified School District announced Monday that it wants a restoration of what union President Jeff Johnston describes as “substantial salary cuts” and 7.5 furlough days since 2010 due to the district’s financial problems at the time.
Johnston, president of the Lodi Education Association, said in a news release that Lodi Unified has increased its fiscal reserves by more than 250 percent. Due to the passage of Proposition 30 in November 2012 and Gov. Jerry Brown’s new funding formula for education, district revenues will increase by another $10 million in the 2013-14 fiscal year, Johnston said.
The teachers union has also proposed reducing class sizes, permanently increasing the student instructional calendar by five days and adding days for professional development.