School workers to get pay withheld for furloughs Union chief calls rebate 'a huge win'

June 10, 1993|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Staff Writer

Baltimore County school employees will get back the mone taken from their paychecks to balance this year's school budget, school officials said yesterday.

Teachers will get one day's pay, and clerical workers and teachers' aides will receive about two-thirds of a day's pay.

During an unusual afternoon meeting, the school board approved the salary rebate, which teachers will receive in an extra check, perhaps as early as June 18. The money is available "due to diligent oversight and cost-cutting measures" resulting from "hard decisions," Superintendent Stuart Berger told the board.

But Ed Veit, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO), said the money was always available.

"We used their figures and showed them where they had a surplus. Had we not protested, do you really believe they would have given the money back?" he said.

Nevertheless, Mr. Veit called the give-back "a huge win for the association, for the education employees of Baltimore County."

Yesterday's decision ends a complicated series of time-for-money maneuvers that the board and Dr. Berger proposed to accommodate a $6 million budget cut imposed by County Executive Roger Hayden.

The situation was clouded even further by four snow days that shortened the school year.

In the end, teachers were furloughed one day -- for which they are now being paid. They actually taught four fewer days than the original calendar called for.

Although this year's contract is finally settled, negotiations on next year's contract with TABCO are at an impasse and both sides have requested a mediator.

"There's only one issue -- salary," said Randall Grimsley, chief negotiator for the school board.

The contract was tentatively ratified by the board and the union's representative assembly in January, but it needs to be renegotiated before it takes effect July 1 because Mr. Hayden did not fund the teachers' salary increases in the initial agreement.

In other action, the board approved the fourth round of appointments, promotions and transfers in Dr. Berger's reorganization of the system.

Yesterday's appointments included 13 positions for which teachers, parents and community leaders interviewed

candidates for the first time.

Dr. Berger said that each of the positions was being filled by one of the candidates recommended by the committees.

Four positions that these committees worked on have not yet been filled, he added.

Of the 26 appointments, nine are being filled by people from outside the county school system.

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