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Pasco paychecks to shrink next month

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June

As part of its budget-cutting strategy, the Pasco School Board has called for three employee furlough days. Beginning July 1, the district intends to start taking money out of paychecks to "spread the pain" over all 26 paychecks, rather than take a full day's salary out of a single pay period.

"If we find out we only need two days vs. three by mid-year, we will give back money," superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the School Board on Tuesday during a workshop.

The deduction will affect only employees who are not represented by a bargaining unit, chief finance officer Olga Swinson said, because the United School Employees of Pasco did not yet agree to allow the pay cuts for its members. Furloughs must be negotiated.

Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley said she hoped to resolve the matter with the USEP quickly, as the non-instructional employees who work summer months are those who make less money and would be most heavily impacted if the deductions are not spread out.

The district also intends to begin taking 3 percent from every employee's pay in July to comply with new law relating to pension payments for state workers. A pending lawsuit aiming to stop the law will not change the district's plans, Fiorentino said. If the law is thrown out, employees can get reimbursed later, she said. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:20pm]

    

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