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Another term for Lynne Webb



Lynne Webb has won another stint as president of the United School Employees of Pasco.

No one ran against her.

Ordinarily, the vote would have taken place in the spring. But the December filing deadline passed without any opposition to Webb, who has held the post for more than a decade. So she wins by showing up.

Her appointment becomes official later this month, if the council of building representatives approves the uncontested ballot.

That will leave Webb free and clear to continue fighting the district over salary and benefits (negotiations are at an impasse), Race to the Top (the USEP has refused to sign the district's plan) and perhaps even leadership (the USEP endorsed all three newly elected board members, while actively opposing superintendent Heather Fiorentino, who's up for reelection in 2012). Webb has faced some criticism for not being militant enough, although she's taken less accommodating stances than some other union leaders in the state.

She acknowledged that some stalwarts want more action, such as a call to work the contract, but said she wants to represent all employees and not just the agitators. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 7:21am]


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