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PUSD employees get a paid Birthday Holiday?
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by Nomad, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Nov 9, 2010
According to the PUSD/CSEA contract (Web Link) and other documents on the CSEA website, hundreds of PUSD employees get 16 paid holidays where one of them is a 'Birthday' Holiday. I recognize that this type of paid holiday is provided at some organizations, but these are not normal times, and if we as a community are discussing a new parcel tax to prevent cuts to student programs, we should also be insuring we are spending existing tax dollars wisely. If the 16 paid holidays were reduced to 13, where one of the rescinded holidays is the 'Birthday' Holiday, that would save over 1200 work days, or approximately $200,000-250,000.
I can see the anti-parcel tax flyer, with a picture of PUSD employees celebrating with a birthday cake and adult beverages, while the adjoining picture shows middle school students standing outside the darkened library with a 'CLOSED' sign.
Since the CSEA contract is currently in preliminary negotiation stage (the contract expires 06/2011) the school board has a great opportunity to continue to show good fiscal practices. If not, another parcel tax measure will be doomed at the start.