The Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) voted on Wednesday night to cut salaries for classified employees and teachers by 15 percent. The district will attempt to implement these cuts as soon as possible.

“The Union will fight the illegal attempt to decrease hard working employees,” stated Christopher Graeber, field representative for the California Professional Employees Union, Local 2345. “Over the past years, custodians and other vital classified employees have been reduced. Enough is enough.”

The Inglewood Unified School District has a fiscal adviser appointed by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. The district was facing a possible takeover by the state of California due to its fiscal problems at early as January of 2013. Today, SB 533 was signed by the governor. This bill calls for state takeover of the troubles district.

The California Professional Employees, Local Union # 2345, is a local union of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO. The union represents the 650 classified employees at the Inglewood School District. Classified employees are the support staff; custodians, office workers, food service, instructional aides, police and maintenance workers.