No-Receipts-Needed Expense Accounts?

September 15, 2015

The faculty union at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is protesting contract provisions for two presidents that offer reimbursement for certain kinds of expenses (cars and mobile phones) but also have a “professional expense allowance” of $850 a month for which no receipts or documentation are needed, The San Diego Union Tribune reported. “I’m sure every employee of the district would like to get an $850 pay raise,” said Jim Mahler, a San Diego City College math professor who is president of the American Federation of Teachers Local No. 1931. “This is clearly a way to give them an added salary. It sends a bad message.”

District officials said they could not discuss why the contract provisions are appropriate because of a pending arbitration issue.

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