Some LAUSD employees to get raises to soothe pension sting

I bet you thought that Prop. 30 money ($6 billion in taxes per year for 7 years) was going to education, to the classroom, to help the children. Instead government schools did a “Texas” two step. First they are using some of the money to pay the increased CalSTRS contributions that are mandated to keep the systems open. Then since teachers also must pay more, school districts like LAUSD are paying some personnel higher wages—to cover the added pension costs.

In the end the children and the community lose—while the unions prove they own the school districts and the budgets.

This is LAUSD, “Negotiations are ongoing with teachers, whose union was insulted by the offer of a 2 percent raise, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

The approved deals, according to the report, included a 1.2 percent increase for construction workers and a 7 percent raise for clerical workers and other employees represented by the California School Employees Association.”

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Some LAUSD employees to get raises to soothe pension sting

The Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday approved raises for employees as a way to offset their costs for contributing a greater percentage of their incomes to their pension funds.

Scott Bridges, LA Biz Journal, 6/11/14

The Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday approved raises for employees as a way to offset their costs for contributing a greater percentage of their incomes to their pension funds.

Negotiations are ongoing with teachers, whose union was insulted by the offer of a 2 percent raise, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

The approved deals, according to the report, included a 1.2 percent increase for construction workers and a 7 percent raise for clerical workers and other employees represented by the California School Employees Association.

The biggest winners are the campus cops. Perhaps in light of the recent string of school shootings, sworn school police officers were given a 9 percent bump in pay.

The board is providing the salary increases primarily to offset the higher pension contributions required by new state rules, which restricts the amount that the school district was formerly able to provide. Nevertheless, the raises might not serve to balance out the loss because of taxes on the additional income.

“It was very important for the district and superintendent to make sure the employees were made whole,” LAUSD chief labor negotiator Vivian Ekchian told the Daily News. “Otherwise, it would have been a pay cut for the employees.”

Teachers, meanwhile, are still negotiating. The 2 percent raise they were offered would reportedly cost the district roughly $53.7 million each year. Union leaders termed that number an “insult,” calling for a 17.6 percent raise.

If you’re wondering how much a 17.6 percent raise would cost the district, the answer is an additional $472 million per year.

The union’s president-elect, ALex-Caputo Pearl, apparently asked for the raise with a straight face, claiming that teachers have lost pay over the years through furlough days, and added, “The money is there for a substantial pay increase.”

 

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Comments

  1. Why am I not surprised by this development?
    Probably because we were told this would happen before the tax was approved by the voters, but did they listen – of course not.

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