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San Diego Unified Begins Layoff Process


Aired 2/11/11

San Diego School officials plan to balance their budget by laying off 1,300 school workers, including 500 teachers. The rest are nurses, librarians, counselors and classroom assistants.

— San Diego School officials plan to balance their budget by laying off 1,300 school workers, including 500 teachers. The rest are nurses, librarians, counselors and classroom assistants.

The San Diego school board has avoided sending layoff notices over the past two years thanks to stimulus funding and a number of budget fixes.

But this year they’re not so lucky. The school board voted 4-to-2 to begin the layoff process. Under state law, public school districts have to notify teachers that their jobs are in jeopardy by March 15.

This is the fifth straight year of state budget cuts. Principals wielded the budget ax this year. Their suggestions were factored into the district’s overall plan.

San Diego Unified now faces a budget deficit of up to $120 million. Their operating budget is $1.1 billion dollars.

The school board also voted to cut bus routes and possibly close or consolidate small schools. Scaling back on magnet school programs, special education and music and art programs is also in the works.

The trustees, however, also voted for a Plan B. That hinges on a successful special election in June. If voters extend state tax incentives it would help protect education funding.

If that happens, many of the cuts voted would be restored.

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Transparency | February 12, 2011 at 5:44 p.m. ― 6 years ago

Management-employee loyalty arrangement sustaiins employability. As businesses, universities, states, counties, cities stumble through the recession; some find themselves in a phase of creative disassembly. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are shed. World class University of California Berkeley led by Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) is dismissing employees, faculty via “Operational Excellence (OE)”: 2,000 fired by end of 2011. Yet many cling to an old assumption: the implied, unwritten management-employee contract.

Management promised work, upward progress for employees fitting in, employees accepted lower wages, performing in prescribed ways, sticking around. Longevity was good employer-employee relations; turnover a dysfunction. None of these assumptions apply in the 21 century economy. Businesses, universities, public institutions can no longer guarantee careers, even if they want to. Managements paralyzed themselves with a strategy of “success brings successes” rather than “successes brings failure’ and are now forced to break implied contract with employees – a contract nurtured by management that future can be controlled.

Jettisoned employees are discovering that hard won knowledge earned while loyal is no longer desired in employment markets. What contract can employers, employees make with each other?

The central idea is simple, powerful: job is a shared partnership.
• Employers, employees face financial conditions together; longevity of partnership depends on how well customers, constituencies needs are met.
• Neither management nor employee has future obligation to the other.
• Organizations train people.
• Employees create security they really need – skills, knowledge that creates employability in 21st century economies
• The management-employee loyalty partnership can be dissolved without either party considering the other a traitor.

Let there be light for employees and management

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wantoknow | February 14, 2011 at 8:42 a.m. ― 6 years ago

What exactly are the "state tax incentives" that will protect education funding?

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