No Decision Reached on Potential Philadelphia School District Layoffs

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

With less than a week before hundreds of blue-collar workers could lose their jobs, Philadelphia School District officials said they have not made up their minds on whether the layoffs will go forward.

Each of the district's 2,700 mechanics, bus aides, cleaners and others - members of SEIU 32BJ Local 1201 - has received a pink slip amid a continuing budget crisis in the district. About 500 of the layoffs would take effect Sunday.

The district faces a deficit of as much as $282 million, and school officials have said they need big savings in both labor costs and transportation and maintenance.

Union officials have said they have put more than $20 million in concessions on the table. Negotiations are expected to resume Tuesday.

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