GLENDALE — The union that represents non-teaching employees at Glendale Unified reached a tentative agreement late last week that saves the school district $1.2 million this upcoming school year, officials said.
The savings put a dent in the $21.8-million deficit projected for 2013.
The agreement calls for a sliding range of unpaid work furlough days — seven for year-round employees and three for nine-month hires. More importantly, California School Employees Assn. local President Richard Carroll said, it preserves fully funded medical care for 90% of the union's members.
"You have to see the big picture," said Carroll, who is also a painter in Glendale Unified. "You can't always be a taker, and we understand that if we all work together when the times are tough, we can all be working together when the times are better. We had to give something back. It had to give somewhere. I tried to minimize the pain and still be positive so we can move forward."