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Pasco contract negotiations delayed



Talks about the future of furloughs for Pasco County school district employees won't take place on Tuesday as originally scheduled.

The United School Employees of Pasco has asked to postpone the conversation until after its team has had the chance to talk with more members at a weekend building representative rally. Leaders are seeking feedback on the district's proposal to have all 12-month employees take four unpaid days, and all others take three.

The USEP has rejected that offer and threatened to sue if the district seeks to impose furlough days. It has not said what terms it might accept to save the $6 million the School Board is seeking to cut in spending this year through furloughs.

"I think our bargaining teams will feel more comfortable developing our counter proposal," USEP president Lynne Webb said in an e-mail to the team. "We will then return to the table, Wednesday [Aug. 17] for a joint session at 5:00 p.m."

In the meantime, the sides will continue to bargain about new teacher evaluations on Thursday.

[Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 3:31pm]


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