Pasco school district reps ask to delay step raises
Going into talks this week, representatives from both the Pasco district and the United School Employees of Pasco told the Gradebook to expect little of substance to come out of the first sit-down. All ground rules and such.
Then they actually sat down. And the district told the union that it wanted to withhold all step increases based on years of service until the contract is complete. Without agreement, the raises take effect July 1.
USEP leaders called the offer too open-ended, and asked for a set date to be discussed when they meet again next week.
This proposal should have been expected: It's the same opening move the district made a year ago. And we all know how that ended.
The steps never materialized, despite protests and pleas. Neither did raises. And few hold out much hope for new money to arise this year, as the district priority remains keeping people employed even as it looks to cut spending.
Both sides say they'll try to find more for teachers and non-instructional employees this year. But the crystal ball looks awfully clear on this one.