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    LAUSD and Unit E, Representing Skilled Trades Employees, are Pleased to Announce a Tentative Agreement

    Proposal Responds to the Immediate Budget Crisis

    Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the L.A./Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council (Unit E) today announced a tentative agreement that responds to the District’s urgent and severe budget crisis.

    Ron Miller, Business Representative for Unit E; and John Deasy, LAUSD Superintendent of Schools; stand together in support of the tentative agreement.  The agreement calls for Unit E represented employees to take 12 unpaid furlough days to restore most of the proposed cuts to the L.A./Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council in the devastating 2011-2012 budget, resulting from the state’s fiscal crisis.

    “The affiliates of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council realize that the tentative agreement that was reached with LAUSD was a necessary move due to the bad economy and the fiscal crisis facing the School District,” said Ron Miller, Unit E Business Representative.  “This agreement, when ratified, will preserve jobs and benefits. Our members take great pride in being the best trained craftsmen and women, and providing a safe and comfortable environment for the children and the faculty of the school district.”

    The proposed agreement would restore for the 2011-2012 school year all position reductions and work year reductions of the Trades Council-represented employees paid from the General Fund. Those reductions and cuts were previously adopted as part of the Budget Balancing Plan (Feb. 15) to address the deficit.

    “While we both are troubled that we must go to our valued employees again and seek shared sacrifices to save jobs and programs, we are proud of the collaborative way we have reached this agreement.  The spirit of our work honors our hardworking skilled trades workers,” Deasy and Miller noted.

    To take effect, the tentative agreement must be ratified by the membership and approved by the Los Angeles Board of Education.

    “We must remember that this is a onetime solution for the 2011-2012 school year only,” Deasy said, “and that it is absolutely crucial that legislation be passed in Sacramento which provides the District with adequate revenues to sustain the public schools of Los Angeles.”

    The Unit E proposal is the third tentative agreement reached this week between the District and labor unions representing District employees.  The Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) will also ask its members, largely school principals, to approve a tentative agreement calling for 12 unpaid furlough days to restore jobs.  The Los Angeles School Police Association (LASPA) will also seek ratification from its membership for a similar agreement.

    The Superintendent is seeking additional agreements with the other unions that represent District employees.

    “We must continue to look to our other labor partners,” Deasy said, “to join us in shared solutions to save thousands of teachers and other valuable LAUSD employees.”

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