Skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

San Diego Unified Agrees To Negotiate With Unions Before Voting On More Layoffs

Photo by Megan Burks / KPBS

Above: Educators hold signs that read "Protect San Diego Students" and "What's the Plan?" at the San Diego Unified Board of Education meeting, April 25, 3017.

San Diego Unified Agrees To Negotiate With Unions Before Voting On More Layoffs

GUEST:

Megan Burks, education reporter, KPBS news

Transcript

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday postponed adding 190 employees to a list of 1,500 who have received layoff notices.

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday postponed adding 190 employees to a list of 1,500 who have received layoff notices, instead agreeing to negotiate further with the unions of the affected employees.

RELATED: New Round Of Layoffs May All But Decimate San Diego School Libraries

The proposal comes as district officials seek to eliminate a $124 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

"We've got a long and strong track record in this district of solving problems together, and that includes negotiation," Board President Richard Barrera said. "The negotiations can be tough at times, but they can also identify solutions that we would not have identified had we not worked together and negotiated."

Those to be added to the list of employees receiving layoffs included more than 40 library technicians, 23 mental health workers and 65 bus drivers, along with other support staff.

They came out in force to the meeting to defend their jobs. Mental health clinicians said the cuts to their department would result in those remaining have caseloads as large at 62 students each. They said they often work with students who talk about harming themselves or others, and are responsible for crisis management at some 200 schools.

Notices have been served on teachers, tech support staff, special education assistants and others.

The district has also proposed cutting the work year by between 11 and 14 days for classified and administrative employees, depending on their schedules. Those cuts will be weighed again in ongoing union negotiations. The board has set a May 11 deadline to find alternative solutions or move forward with the layoff notices.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.