School District, Teachers Union Reach Agreement on Early Retirement Plan

Published : Friday, April 6, 2018 | 5:36 PM

The Pasadena Unified School District and United Teachers of Pasadena released a joint statement late Friday that agreement has been reached for the implementation of an Early Resignation/Retirement Plan.

Negotiations had stalled in February, prompting the School District to rescind the proposal.

The morning after School District Superintendent Brian McDonald announced the rescision, on February 24, United Teachers of Pasadena President Alvin Nash said that the union was “still willing to negotiate.”

The original proposed incentive Resignation/Retirement plan would have decreased the number of teachers who will be laid off because of the District’s financial crunch, providing the retirees with an increased one-time payout from 75% of base salary to 85% of the participating employees’ 2017-2018 final pay.

The terms of the new agreement are not yet known.

This evening, in a joint statement, the District and the Union said:

“We are very pleased to announce that today the bargaining teams for United Teachers of Pasadena (UTP) and the Pasadena Unified School District (District) met and had a very productive and positive day of negotiations. The two teams reached an agreement for the implementation of the Supplementary Early Resignation/Retirement Plan. Both teams are excited at the opportunity to provide an additional benefit for our eligible UTP unit members and the opportunity to retain our more junior UTP unit members. The District and UTP will be working collaboratively to provide information and assistance in navigating this process for UTP members who wish to participate in the Supplementary Early Resignation/Retirement Plan.”

Reacting to the news, Board of Education member Scott Phelps said that he was “happy that there appears to be a way to preserve as many teachers as possible.”

 

 

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