Natomas Union To Vote On Contract

Natomas Unified Reaches Tentative

Agreement With Classified Employees

BY BRANDY TUZON BOYD updated 3:47 p.m.
THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz
The Natomas Unified School District and California School Employees Association Chapter No. 745 announced today a tentative contract agreement for the 2011-12 school year.

“This tentative agreement is the result of a lot of hard work and reflects the desire of all parties to ensure that our kids continue to be well served,” said Bruce Roberts, Natomas school board president.
The announcement comes one day after the state Public Employees Relations Board convened a fact-finding panel to tackle stalled contract talks between the school district and its classified employees’ union. The agreement is the result of 12 hours of mediation between school district and union reps with panel members.

The Natomas classified union’s 300 members must still vote whether to approve the tentative agreement. Details of the contract will be available after the July 7 vote. If members do not ratify the tentative agreement, the fact-finding panel will reconvene.

Classified union members earlier this year voted down a proposed contract citing faulty numbers. Natomas school district officials declared impasse with the union and proceeded to fact finding.

The Natomas Unified School District asked all its employee groups to take the equivalent of a 7.9 percent pay cut for 2011-12 to balance its budget and close a multi-million dollar gap in cash flow. Non-union and teachers agreed to the cut, but without concessions from classified employees the school district faces bankruptcy and a possible state takeover when money runs out early next year.

“The agreement provides an opportunity for the parties to work together for the future of the district,” according to a joint press release issued this morning by the school district and classified employees’ union.

NUSD & CSEA Press Release

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