Teachers and School District Reach Agreement
The Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers (PVFT) and the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) signed an agreement today to provide some urgently needed cost savings to the district. After 14 months of negotiations the teachers and other professional staff and the district management have agreed to schedule 10 furlough days with a corresponding reduction in pay. Five days will be scheduled in the 2010-2011 school year and another 5 days will be taken in 2011-2012. These savings will result in fewer layoffs and will help to preserve the quality of education for the students of the district.
Included in the agreement is a provision for binding arbitration in the event of any future contract disagreements. Also the health benefits committee has been restructured in an attempt to better manage any future increases in the cost of benefits to the district.
This agreement must still be ratified by the members of the PVFT and the Board of Trustees of PVUSD before it can take effect. PVFT has scheduled voting for next week.
To see the full tentative agreement click here.
The Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers represents certificated non-management employees of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, the largest district in Santa Cruz County, which extends from Pajaro in Monterey County to Aptos in Santa Cruz County.