Lay off Informational Meeting Wednesday, April 3 at 3:30 pm
in the Strategic Planning Room at 800 S. Garey, District Office.
March 12, 2013
Dear APT Members:
Above is a link to a copy of the 2011 Layoff Survival Guide prepared by CTA’s Legal Department. This is the most current version and the law around layoff has not been changed or updated since its release. This document has valuable information detailing how to respond to preliminary notices of layoff as well as other information you may find helpful.
Additionally you will find a link to the resolution passed on March 5 at the PUSD Board meeting authorizing the reduction or discontinuance of 108.4 full time positions for the 2012-2013 school year. This resolution authorizes the PUSD to send out layoff notices, which we believe will be sent today and you should receive no later than the end of this week (March 15, 2013). A copy of the seniority list is available on the District website as well as here in the APT office for review, please see your office manager at your site for instructions on accessing the list. The number 108.6 includes many assumptions about the budget and many of the jobs proposed to be eliminated hinge on the Federal sequester cuts, the SIG school grants ending this year, as well as other cuts PUSD believes it must make.
The following are some things you can do to prepare for the layoff process, should you receive a layoff letter:
1. Check your personnel file. Copy any documents from the file that you will need to prove your first day of paid service with the district as a probationary employee. Your first in-service day may count, even if it was not mandatory, if you were paid for the day. Collect these documents NOW in the event you need them during RIF (Reduction In Force) hearings.
2. If you are an agency fee payer, join CTA NOW so that you will be represented by CTA in any RIF hearings that occur. CTA provides representation to all members in RIF hearings, but does not provide representation to agency fee payers (non-members) in RIF hearings. Once you receive the preliminary layoff notice you will not be allowed to join APT and seek legal help, you must already be a member at the time you receive the notice.
3. Upon receipt of the layoff notice if you would like to request a hearing you must submit a request for hearing to the personnel as soon as possible, the deadline indicated on the layoff notice is March 29, 2013.Make SURE to get a date/time stamped copy before you leave. The request for hearing form letter is available as part of the “Layoff Survival Guide”packet you can download above. Do not wait, file the request for hearing IMMEDIATELY upon receiving the layoff letter.
4. Make sure you attend the informational RIF/Layoff informational meeting later this month. We will have dates posted for this meeting by the end of this week. We STRONGLY suggest that you attend the meeting to get more information on how you will be represented by CTA Group Legal Services Attorneys during the RIF hearings if you so request. If you do not attend the meeting and/or complete the necessary legal paperwork, you will not be represented by our attorney.