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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A teacher's aide has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 5-year-old boy at an elementary school, police said. Mario Ezequiel Collazo, 22, an aide at Washington Elementary School, was arrested Thursday, said Officer Mario Corona, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. Collazo, an employee of the Santa Ana Unified School District for four years, was taken to the Santa Ana Jail. Bail was set at $100,000, Corona said.
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NATIONAL
December 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of employees of the public school system here will be getting pink slips for Christmas. As many as 545 teachers and 226 administrative and support personnel are losing their jobs, Louis J. Erste, chief operating officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools, said Tuesday. "The timeline does unfortunately coincide with the end of December," Erste said. Union rules require 30 days' notice, so letters must go out by Dec. 29 for the cuts to take effect when the semester ends Jan. 29.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2003 | Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writer
University of California officials announced Saturday that they had reached an agreement on wages and benefits with the union representing 11,000 teaching assistants, tutors and other academic student employees. With the costs of tuition and health care rising steadily, the employees, represented by the United Auto Workers, have been engaged in sometimes contentious negotiations with the university system since May.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
In a county where the median price of a home is around $550,000, how does someone of modest means afford one? Free Moini, 29, a budget analyst at UC Santa Cruz, found a way. He's the proud new owner of a two-bedroom condo -- at a cost of $208,500. Moini is among the first to buy one of 50 condos on campus. The school put what had been rental units up for sale to give campus employees a chance to become homeowners after years of waiting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
In a sign of renewed union clout, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted Thursday to rescind a previous decision to seek at least 2 1/2 unpaid furlough days from its more than 80,000 employees. The board also moved to fully fund health-care benefits, an action that Supt. Roy Romer said the school district could not afford and that would trigger layoffs next year. The 6-1 vote, with only board member Mike Lansing in opposition, would involve the spending of about $85 million.
NATIONAL
September 4, 2003 | From Reuters
Yale University teachers held about 200 classes off campus Wednesday, the first day of the fall term, to show solidarity for an eight-day strike by workers at the elite Ivy League school, a union spokesman said. The strike by thousands of the New Haven, Conn., school's secretaries, technicians and cafeteria employees is their second this year and their ninth since 1968.
NATIONAL
August 30, 2003 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
The leader of a national union was arrested Friday and hundreds of demonstrators blocked intersections in New Haven, Conn., as an acrimonious strike by more than 4,000 Yale University employees entered its third day. John Wilhelm, president of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, and 82 other picketers were arrested for sitting down at busy intersections.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Suddenly, no one wants to claim hundreds of paychecks issued by the New Orleans public school system. The paychecks were being cashed regularly until a few weeks ago, when employees were required to provide identification to pick them up. Since then, checks made out to more than 300 names have not been picked up, and the names have not been verified as school employees.
OPINION
June 14, 2003
Re "Top L.A. Unified Attorney Is Fired," June 10: When a school district seemingly as poor as the L.A. Unified School District fires a man and grants him a severance package of more than $342,000 I begin to wonder who gave him this contract and how many others like it are out there. It is criminal that this type of situation exists while programs are being cut and school employees are being told that they will be furloughed to cut expenses. Now the district may use more private firms to do its legal chores, at a greater expense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Unified School District is proposing to furlough its 80,000 employees for up to five days without pay next year to help cope with a $381-million budget shortfall and avoid layoffs. For teachers, that would mean losing some vacation and preparation days but would not reduce students' instruction time. The proposal is scheduled to be discussed by the Board of Education on Tuesday and would have to be negotiated with unions, which strongly oppose it.
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