Lansingburgh CSD avoids layoffs with furlough agreement


LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Budget cuts have also affected the Lansingburgh Central School District in Troy, which came to a furlough agreement with unions representing employees in the district, in an attempt to avoid layoffs.

Unions that represent teaching assistants, aides, clerical staff, security, maintenance, custodial and nurses negotiated the agreement. Sixty-eight employees have been furloughed as the district faces a $6.5 million loss in state aid.

Terms of the furlough agreement which avoided the need for district layoffs include:

·       Furloughed employees are eligible for New York State Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

·       Furloughed employees will keep their health, dental and vision benefits, including their current contribution rate.

·       Ability for furloughed employees to temporarily suspend unemployment benefits to substitute, as needed.

·       All cuts were done by inverse seniority.

·       Employees called to return to work from furlough will be done by seniority and job title.

·       Furloughed employees are still entitled to all retirement benefits, as outlined in their collective bargaining agreements.

·       Furloughed employees will keep their accumulated leave time and will have them reinstated upon return to work.

In addition, three of the four school buildings are switching to a fully remote model of learning.

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