The BOE has asked the BFT to consider a furlough day during the 2016-17 school year. The furlough would occur on Friday, December 23, 2016. On that day, all schools and Central Office would remain closed, and students and employees would NOT report to work. In exchange, all employees would give up their salary for that one day. The BOE believes that the furlough from this single day would help save the BOE budget more than $300,000.
Since this is a change of salary, BFT members must vote on the issue. The vote will be held on Wednesday, September 14, the same day as the steward and grade level VP election. Voting will be held at each individual building.
Why December 23? This date would extend the holiday vacation, help save on heating costs, and presumably minimize instructional impact since it is historically a day with a greater amount of student absences.
Would only teachers take the furlough? No, it would impact all employees of the BPS. But, since the schools and Central Office would be closed, all employees (administrators, teachers, custodians, secretaries, maintenance, etc.) must agree (through their respective unions) to the furlough.
How would the single day pay be deducted from our salary? If BFT members agree to the furlough, the payroll department would spread the amount (different for each individual due to the salary scale) of that single day over the remaining 2016-17 paychecks. Since there are 27 paychecks this year, that would leave about 25 paychecks to spread out the loss in salary from that single day.
Other questions? Post below, and it will be responded to ASAP.
The issue will be discussed at the first meeting of the BFT Executive Council on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 starting at 4:oo PM at Nuchies. All BFT members are welcome to attend.
As soon as our AP is reinstated at Northeast. I will be happy to take the furlough day.
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My only question is, are other departments (fire, police or public works) being asked to make a concession such as this?
No, this is only for the schools.
How would this effect the scheduled last day of school?
It would end on as currently scheduled, but that last day would now be the 180th day of school.
So, the high schools would end on an A day?!
Giving up pay is only a good idea if something tangible is returned, and good will isn’t tangible. Kilray makes a good point with his question.
Because our contract stipulates 186 working days, it seems that the “one day of salary” would impact our members more than any other union. (I’m not sure about the specifics of each contract but the administrators’ union contract, for example, stipulates 260 working days.)
So, I guess my question is: are the other unions being asked to give up 1/260 (or something similar depending on how many working days their contract stipulates) of their salary while we’re being asked to give up 1/186 of our salary?
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