No raises or steps in Pasco's contract counterproposal
Citing a "third year of severe financial crisis," the Pasco school district has offered teachers a third year of no raises or step increases, rejecting the United School Employees of Pasco's contract demands. USEP president Lynne Webb called the district's offer "shameful and unacceptable."
During negotiations late Thursday, district representatives countered the union's request, which called for steps and rejected a furlough proposal. The district dropped its furlough proposal, but changed little else. Its position included:
- The same salaries as 2009-10, although teachers will gain a year of experience on the salary schedule
- The same amount to be paid into benefits
- The same coverage for fingerprint retention fees
- The same supplements for extra work
In one big change, the district said it would discontinue paying teachers one-fifth of their salary for agreeing to take on an additional teaching period. Instead, the district would pay a flat rate of $2,500 per year, or $1,250 per semester, for that work.
Another potentially major difference would be to stop offering newly hired teachers one year of service without limit for every year of experience. Instead, the district would stop the credit at seven years, and then "seek a waiver of entitlement to additional experience credit" from the state. At one point, the district had proposed giving new hires just five years of credit, as a way to save money through an early retirement package that has yet to materialize.
Non-instructional workers received a similar proposal without raises or steps. The USEP leadership did not make a formal response, but it also did not sign the deal.