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Pasco delays salary steps while awaiting more budget info

It's the start of a new fiscal year today, and in good financial times Pasco school employees would be getting their step increases about now.

Times are tough, though, and so during negotiations this afternoon representatives for the school district and the United School Employees of Pasco agreed to delay implementing or discussing steps until August.

That way, the sides can get more information about health insurance costs, a planned early retirement package and other budget details that might (or might not) make the nearly $6 million expense palatable.

"All of it is with having an eye toward having better information in a month," district employee relations director Kevin Shibley told the Gradebook.

Employees have not received steps or raises in two years, and there's a strong likelihood that they won't get them this year either. The School Board is working to eliminate a projected shortfall of $28 million or more, and has been talking about cuts, not enhancements.

Negotiations are scheduled to continue the week of July 12.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:09am]


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