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Pay Freeze Sought in Yonkers Schools

By sandycooke - May 17th, 2010, 22:46, Category: General

Facing a $43 million price range gap from the next fiscal yr, Yonkers school officials named Monday for all 4,000 employees to agree to some one-year wage freeze — or face the possibility of layoffs of 13 percent with the staff.

Bernard P. Pierorazio, the superintendent, said the wage freeze would save $16.5 million with the 25,100-student district in Westchester County, the fourth greatest in New York Talk about. The freeze would apply to both cost-of-living boosts and the so-called action boosts that employees acquire for more decades of knowledge.

The wage freeze is the single greatest savings inside a four-part proposal that would also cut $8.9 million in administrative expenses and seek an more $15.6 million from the state and $2.4 million on the city for your fiscal twelve months that begins July 1.

“We are in dire straits,” Mr. Pierorazio explained inside of a telephone interview. “In my 36 years while using area, this would be the worst I’ve ever witnessed it.”

He described the proposal in an automated phone message to just about every employee on Sunday night. But the call for a wage freeze failed to sway some union leaders.

Pat Puleo, president in the Yonkers Federation of Teachers, which represents 2,000 teachers, referred to as it a “nonstarter” — especially due to the fact the union has filed a grievance more than what it says is money owed to about 1,000 teachers for action heightens this 12 months. (The district mentioned it had paid for teachers to move up one step, whilst the union mentioned they have been entitled to move up two steps.)

Ms. Puleo, an art teacher for 20 years, mentioned that a freeze on action raises could be “punitive” for your least experienced teachers, who start at $56,000 and often have college loans to repay. “It’s placing them in a very very challenging position,” she claimed.

Bobbie DiBattista, president with the Yonkers unit of the Civil Service Workers Association, with virtually 1,800 noninstructional staff members within the area, claimed her members had previously produced spend concessions — going without the need of raises for two from the four decades that they worked without a contract from 2003 to 2007.

She claimed her members were being now getting asked to forgo a three percent raise for an assurance of no layoffs for only one calendar year. The regular salary is $26,000. “I cannot do that to my members simply because their salaries are so low,” she claimed. “Right now we usually are not even seeking at his proposal. We’re not interested.”

Mr. Pierorazio explained that with no the wage freeze along with other cost-saving measures, the district may have to lay off as numerous as 455 staff, which includes 220 teachers. It may also must do away with favorite software programs like a full-day prekindergarten system for 1,650 4-year-olds, sports software programs at the middle and higher schools, and some busing services.

Yonkers, which has proposed a $500 million spending plan for next calendar year, or perhaps a 2.8 % increase, faces a $20 million reduction in point out aid, a $13 million enhance in retirement and wellness care fees along with a $16.5 million raise in contracted employee raises.

The New York Times

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