Pinellas teachers union says no to furloughs
The Pinellas teachers union is rejecting a district proposal for furloughs, saying today that teachers have already borne a disproportionate share of recent budget cuts and that the district can find money elsewhere.
“We cannot seriously consider unpaid leaves,” union president Kim Black said during a collective bargaining session with district officials. “Anything like that will have to be imposed.”
Furloughs “are an easy way out,” added union executive director Marshall Ogletree.
The response from Steve Swartzel, the district's chief negotiatior: It's better than the alternative.
"There is nothing easy about this for the (school) board," he said. But "one of the reasons you look at unpaid leaves is to save jobs."
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