Did the Pasco teachers union really give raises to its employees?
That's the latest rumor floating around Pasco County schools.
Wouldn't it be a doozy if it were true? Imagine it. The United School Employees of Pasco, which couldn't wrangle already negotiated salary steps for its members, turns around and gives more pay to its own staff.
"That would be political suicide," USEP president Lynne Webb told the Gradebook.
In fact, she said, the USEP simply counted salary steps for its staff -- which is represented by the UAW -- in the organization's annual budget. Sort of like the teachers had hoped the School Board would have done for them. Union officer pay hikes were not included.
"We included the step increases that our staff is entitled to in their contract," Webb said. "We could not put forth a budget without including those."
The extra pay is not guaranteed. The UAW staff still must bargain for the money in contract talks.
"We'll negotiate with them," Webb explained. "I can see how some people may have misunderstood. I don't want people to think I'm pulling a fast one on them."