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Capistrano Unified School District classified employees agreed to a pay cut that will help the district restore a 2 percent reserve used to balance the budget while negotiations were underway.
The two-year contract settlement with the California School Employees Association (CSEA), approved by the CUSD Board of Trustees earlier this month, saves the district $5.3 million and helps restore the state-mandated budget reserve at 2 percent.
The district’s classified workers, who include employees such as instructional assistants, occupational therapists, food service workers and clerical staff, overwhelmingly ratified the contract on September 15. They will take between five and 12.5 unpaid days, accept a 0.7 percent pay reduction effective retroactive to September. 1, forgo automatic pay increases for individual employees for one year and consolidate work hours and calendars.
With the CSEA contract, CUSD employees groups have contributed approximately $27 million in salary and benefit concessions, which contributed significantly toward closing the estimated $34 million shortfall the district faced for 2010-11.
See the full story at the Beyond the Blackboard blog.