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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
About 60% of the staff at Columbine High have left since the school became the site of the one of the nation's deadliest school shootings in 1999. Only 58 of the 143 faculty members and staffers from 1999 are still at the Jefferson County school. For the district as a whole, teacher turnover was only 11% annually from 1999 to 2001. Columbine seniors Eric David Harris and Dylan Bennet Klebold stormed the school, killing 13 people before committing suicide; 23 others were wounded.
June 11, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Union leaders protested Monday that the Los Angeles Unified School District has not dedicated funds for increases in salaries or medical benefits for teachers, clerical workers and other employees. Day Higuchi, president of United Teachers-Los Angeles, said the district had spent too much money paying top administrators and buying real estate. UTLA is seeking a 5% raise for its teachers. Supt.
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