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A meeting held Monday night, April 22, was a disappointment for Ramona’s teachers and many parents and students. In a 4-0-1 vote, the board passed a three-year agreement, retroactively effective July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2015.

Teachers will sustain an 8 percent pay cut for fiscal year 2012–2013 and a 9.5 percent pay cut for fiscal years 2013–2014 and 2014–2015. Because the cuts are retroactive and there are only two more pay months this fiscal year, teachers’ next two paychecks for May and June will be dramatically reduced. Over the next two years the cuts will be spread out over the entire year, lessening the sting.

The board also approved six furlough days per year, again retroactively, so five days will be taken the week of May 20–24, 2013, and one day on June 13 for the 2012–2013 school year. Dates for the following two years will be announced at a later date.

Healthcare benefits were also affected, although the board agreed not to impose the changes retroactively. Effective June 30, 2013, the district will pay 90 percent and the members will be asked to pay 10 percent of their healthcare coverage. Previously, members did not contribute to their healthcare benefits.

The meeting was packed to capacity, with standing room only. Many teachers, parents, and students spoke to the board prior to the vote. After four members voted yes and one member voted present, the resolution passed and the disappointed crowd erupted in shouting.

The board, having made their decision, now leaves the Ramona Teachers Association having to make a decision of their own, as they consider their strike options.

Source:  Ramona Unified School District Resolution No. 2012-13-15

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gobigal April 23, 2013 @ 9:23 p.m.

Whatever you think about education and teachers- it is a pretty crappy thing to do to your employees to make them take an 8% pay cut retroactively for the year- which means it all comes out of the next 2 paychecks. Imagine your next check going down by thousands of dollars. That is no way to treat anyone.

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Visduh April 23, 2013 @ 9:27 p.m.

Wow. That's the most drastic move made by any local school district that I'm aware of. They got their current supe from Vista USD a few years back, and I wondered how he was doing there. This says things are not going well. And here we were assured that all would be well with the schools if Prop 30 passed. Well, it passed, and little of the additional revenue is going to school districts. If you voted for that tax boost--temporary, of course--you were hoodwinked.

A strike by the teachers union is most likely. If they don't fight back, that board will have a free hand to impose just about anything it likes, and will take even more drastic measures whenever it so decides.

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Steve Horvath April 23, 2013 @ 10:28 p.m.

Paying for 10% of your healthcare cost is very reasonable.

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amoril April 24, 2013 @ 10:36 a.m.

I wish that's all I had to pay. It costs me $980/mo. to cover my family on my sole income. I've taken pay decreases as well, and they suck for anyone. Making it retroactive for the year is just stupid.

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aardvark April 24, 2013 @ 11:45 a.m.

Steve--that is true, but sticking the teachers with a retroactive pay cut for the whole school year is not.

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Visduh April 24, 2013 @ 1:53 p.m.

It isn't the specifics of this move that are at issue as much as the way they were implemented. This retroactive move is severe, and makes it impossible for the employees to plan their finances with any certainty. It also indicates that the collective bargaining that is supposed to take place either didn't happen, or did not result in any sort of agreement. Hence this unilateral action by the board with all its fallout. Surely paying 10% of the cost of healthcare is reasonable, especially now. But again, that's not the issue here, it's the retroactive nature of the pay cut, the unpaid furlough days, and the unilateral action. I can tell you that morale in that district, if it ever was very good, is just in the cellar now. And that doesn't bode well for the educational process.

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gobigal April 24, 2013 @ 5:39 p.m.

I'm a teacher- and if I had to take an 8% cut or pay more for insurance I would understand that a budget is a budget and we all have to do whatever it takes to keep the lights on. It is having to take it all over 2 checks that is brutal and cruel. If you make $60000 a year, that is $4800 or $2400 out of each of your next two pay checks. Surely there is a better way to do this than causing your employees to have to default on their mortgages. Shame on this school board for being so punitive.

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