Pasco contract all over but the counting
The deal wasn't close to what anyone wanted. Some Pasco teachers even talked briefly of voting against their proposed contract -- which includes no raises but fully covers employee health insurance -- just to register their displeasure.
But in the end, the United School Employees of Pasco Building Representatives overwhelmingly recommended that the membership ratify the agreement, suggesting that starting over could turn out even worse.
"If the contract is not ratified, both sides must go back to the table and start over, which could result in rolling back the board's additional $191 contribution to the employees' benefit package," USEP president Lynne Webb observed in her e-mail update to members.
Now all that's left is to find out the results.
The employee vote took place Thursday, with the count scheduled to take place Monday. The School Board is slated to take up the contract Tuesday.