Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 10/02/2011 08:15:32 PM PDT

POMONA – Concessions made by two of the Pomona Unified School District labor groups will allow the district to reduce expenses by more than $4 million.

The district’s school board recently approved agreements between the district and the Associated Pomona Teachers as well as the Pomona Administrators, Classified Management, and Confidential Employees Association.

The concessions work out to a 4.47 percent reduction in compensation for each of the employee groups and involve wage reductions tied to furlough days for both associations.

“It’s truly a money-saving necessity,” school board member Roberta Perlman said.

The agreement with the Associated Pomona Teachers calls for seven furlough days and the delay of certain wage increases until March, said Steve Horowitz, the district’s assistant superintendent of personnel services.

Reductions will translate into about $3.4 million in savings for the district.

The agreement will end Jan. 31, 2012, according to a district staff report.

Members of the Pomona Administrators, Classified Management, and Confidential Employees Association will take seven furlough days and have longevity pay reduced by 1 percent, Horowitz said.

Administrators’ longevity pay ranges from 0.5 percent after two years of administrative service to 4.5 percent after completing 20 years of administrative service, according to a staff report.

Confidential employees’ longevity pay ranges from 0.5 percent after five years of service to 6 percent after 25 years of service.

Longevity pay is an incentive meant to entice personnel to remain with the school district, Horowitz said.

The combination of furloughs and longevity pay reductions will be in effect for the 2011-12 school year and will result in a savings of about $718,000 to the district.

The seven furlough days, which will result in salary reduction for teachers, counselors, school psychologists and other members of the Associated Pomona Teachers, have been scheduled for the end of the school year, Horowitz said.

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