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PCTA: District 'recovered' $4.7 million; furloughs may be reduced

From a note Pinellas teachers union president Kim Black sent to members following today's bargaining session with the district:

The Bargaining Leadership Team met today in regularly scheduled negotiations to discuss committee reports and proposed changes to the health insurance package.  As part of a cost savings measure due to proposed budget cuts, the district is proposing a change in the current 80%/20% health insurance split. Currently, the Board pays approximately 80% of the health insurance premiums and employees pay 20%. Please see the attached documents that were presented as district proposals today. (Gradebook note: It's included below.)

The furlough discussion is ongoing. There has not been an official proposal from the district to date. The finance department stated today that an additional $4.7 million has been recovered reducing the previous total for potential furloughs to $7.9 million. This information reduces the furlough days by two days for each unit as previously reported at the May 31 BLT.

As stated in previous communications from PCTA, these negotiations are ongoing and will continue throughout the summer.  The next scheduled meeting of the BLT is June 15 and additional options will be discussed.

In a separate meeting, PCTA and PCSB came to agreement on a Voluntary Transfer Process as per Article XVII of the Agreement.  If you completed a voluntary transfer form and submitted to your principal prior to the April 8th deadline, make sure and see your principal to discuss this important process.  Watch for a district email regarding this matter.

Once again, stay tuned. Negotiations are ongoing and have a direct impact on you and your profession.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 7:27pm]

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