A tentative contract with Glendale Unified that would have exchanged furlough days and more health benefits contributions in exchange for millions in savings was defeated by the teachers union Wednesday night, creating greater fiscal uncertainty that’s expected to last throughout the summer.
By a vote of 587 to 414, teachers rejected the proposed three-year agreement, which would have saved about $3.8 million every year through 15 unpaid work furlough days each year and greater employee contributions to health care costs. It would have also included one additional furlough day next month.
Both bargaining groups reached agreement on the tentative deal in April during their second session with a government-appointed mediator. Incoming Supt. Dick Sheehan said he was trying to schedule a third mediation session with the Glendale Teachers Assn.