After a year of complaining about voluntarily taking a pay cut, the teachers union has succeeded in negotiating an across the board 2.77% pay raise for all teachers. Teachers receiving a step increase, will receive the usual 3% increment for a total of almost 6%.
See PUSD website for highlights of the agreement (Web Link).
How this works. PUSD and the teachers union have agreed to NOT use furlough days in the 2011-12 school year, thereby leaving on the table $1.8M of state funds that could have been used to retain 25 of the 62 laid off teachers. The salary schedule will revert back to the higher schedule prior to the furlough days.
Of course, PUSD will not mention this since this flies in the face of their appearance of fiscal responsibility.
This 2011-12 one-year agreement is a continuation of last year's MOU, minus the furlough days. Compare the 10-11 MOU (go here Web Link and click on 'MOU'), with the 11-12 highlights listed on the PUSD homepage.
Bottom Line? PUSD and the teachers union continue with their goals of maintaining and/or raising teacher salaries at the expense of laying off teachers and eliminating student services. Hurting our kids to protect and raise their salaries.
They continue to use one-year band-aids and do nothing to solve the long term expense structure that produces annual deficits. Next year, after the federal jobs stimulus dollars have been used up, and the annual $1.4M step and column salary increase needs to be covered, there will be another 'crisis' and the annual drama will continue.