In Pinellas, are furloughs coming off the table?
Maybe so, if recent buzz is any indication. In remarks to teachers at Gibbs High this morning, teachers union president Kim Black said union officials were close to “getting furloughs off the table.”
Her comments echoed a statement last week from district spokeswoman Andrea Zahn, who said the following in response to a question from a Gradebook reader (we printed it during last week’s live blog chat):
All employees in the school district were facing no salary increase and potentially unpaid leave days earlier in the summer. It is hoped that before students return in August we will be able to avoid the need for any unpaid leave days for any employees. Under the most recent proposal, administrators would receive a higher number of unpaid leave days (3) than teachers (2) or support employees (1). The only "pay cut" teachers may experience will come from a supplement that is provided by a local tax referendum.
Kim Black and union executive director Marshall Ogletree were scheduled to meet with the district this afternoon to continue hammering out a collective bargaining agreement.
Donna Winchester and Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times staff writers