A bill sponsored by Assembly members Nelson Albano, Ruben J. Ramos, Jr., Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., and Celeste M. Riley to help provide school districts with a tool to maintain adequate staffing cleared the Assembly Education Committee.
“Now more than ever, schools are struggling to try and maintain the same delivery of services despite severe cuts in aid,” said Albano (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland). “Allowing them to use collective bargaining concessions to offset staff reductions is a much-needed tool.”
The bill (A-2772) would require the monetary equivalent of any wage or benefit concession agreed to by a collective bargaining unit to be used by the school district to offset any reduction in force initiated for economic reasons.
The legislation provides that when a school district implements a reduction in force for economic reasons or other good causes, if a collective bargaining unit agrees to a wage or benefit concession then the amount of money otherwise necessary to fund those concessions must be applied by the district to maintain bargaining unit staff member positions.