Utica split on furloughs

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Five employee groups, including administrators, have agreed to take three unpaid furlough days this school year in Utica Community Schools, while teachers and two other groups declined, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The district estimated it would save about $2.8 million if most employees agreed to unpaid days off, the Free Press reported. The total savings now will be about $360,000.

Teachers, clerical workers and paraprofessionals will not participate, district spokeswoman Hildy Corbett told the Free Press. Aside from administrators, the report did not indicate which employee groups accepted the furlough.

Utica Education Association President David Kenewell said in a news release from the Michigan Education Association that teachers helped the district save money in the past by reducing health care costs, the Free Press reported.

The Detroit Free Press, "Macomb County news: 3 unions decline furloughs," Dec. 10, 2009

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Michigan School District Collective Bargaining Agreements, "Agreement, Utica Community School District, Utica Education Association,  July 1, 2008-June 30, 2010."