(Courtesy of The Daily News Los Angeles)
Los Angeles Unified agreed Monday to rehire hundreds of office clerks and library aides under a tentative agreement reached with the union representing support staff, district officials announced.
Under the tentative agreement with the California School Employees Association, the district would allocate $8 million to fund the rehiring of support staff, with the district selecting which positions would be restored.
Los Angeles Unified had come under fire from parents and community members for laying off more than 1,100 workers last week in a cost-cutting move. The laid-off workers include 450 office clerks and technicians and 230 library aides.
“I am very pleased that we were able to come to an agreement with CSEA that will enable our schools to retain essential and valuable staff members,” Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement. “Retention of many of these employees is critical if our schools are to provide the best possible education to the students of the LAUSD.”
If ratified by CSEA members, the agreement requires workers to take at least four unpaid furlough days between January and June, officials said.
“The hard work of the CSEA members and concerned parents, who sounded the alarm over excessive cuts in LAUSD, has paid off with $8 million worth of job restorations in our schools,” said Espie Medellin, president of CSEA Chapter 500. “Our members and community allies will continue their campaign for a sensible allocation of scarce resources.”