Bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries, all non-teacher employees of the Natomas Unified School District have quite the beef going on.
The 350 or so workers are part of the local California School Employee’s Association union and they want the NUSD to put a stop to mandatory furlough days and receive substantial back-pay they believe they are still owed.
“We want our money back, and to end furloughs,” said Local CSEA President Talitha Blizzeard. “Right now, the district has told us were not to take any more furloughs, but yet they didn’t give us the money back.”
Representatives with the NUSD agree, and they say they want to accommodate the CSEA. But they have to drop about a dozen pending lawsuits first, and that doesn’t sit well with the CSEA.
“They basically stated if you don’t dismiss these lawsuits, then we are done talking,” said Blizzeard. “The lawsuits have nothing to do with the furlough days either.”
“The more money you spend on litigation,” explained Jim Sanders, the Director Of Communications for the NUSD. “The less money you have for other purposes, including furlough days.”