Agreement near in Pasco
The United School Employees of Pasco declared contract negotiations with the Pasco school district at an impasse in October. Mediation failed a month ago. Talks ground to a halt.
At least publicly, that is.
USEP president Lynne Webb just sent an alert to members telling them that she has met privately with superintendent Heather Fiorentino three times in the past week to review the budget. Meanwhile, administration and USEP negotiators "worked to find middle ground and develop contract settlement scenarios." She added:
"At this time, it appears the District and USEP are close to an agreement and will convene this evening following the School Board's Executive Session with the express goal of settling the SRP and Instructional contracts."
Webb began sounding more conciliatory in her comments about the situation shortly after the administration stated publicly that if it were to pay $5.1-million in disputed step increases, 188 jobs could be on the line.
No further details are available at this time. We'll update you as we learn more.