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Do Pasco teachers want a bonus? Wait until next week to find out



It has been three weeks since the United School Employees asked members to offer guidance on whether to accept one-time bonuses, rather than push for annual raises, during contract negotiations. It has been more than a week since the survey closed.

Yet those of us who want to know the outcome have to keep waiting.

"Since one of the main reasons for the compensation survey was to provide guidance to the USEP negotiation teams, I'm not at liberty to release those results until the teams resume negotiations and share some of the information across the table," USEP president Lynne Webb told the Gradebook via e-mail.

That won't happen until Oct. 21, when the teachers' team gets back to bargaining.

Kevin Shibley, the district's lead negotiator, said he looks forward to hearing the results. Nearly every other aspect of the contract is complete, he told the Gradebook, leaving salary and benefits as the elephant in the room.

"That is going to be the issue for us moving forward," he said, adding that he hoped to get a proposal from the USEP on Wednesday.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:38am]


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