Pasco teachers say no, thanks to June 11 furlough
The Pasco School Board and superintendent Heather Fiorentino wanted to know whether district teachers would take a day without pay this year to help pay for health benefits next year.
After surveying employees last week, United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb told the board Tuesday morning that the union won't be reopening the contract for such an idea.
"It was very obvious to me that even the people who responded yes had severe reservations," Webb said, announcing that 56 percent of 3,784 respondents answered in favor of the furlough idea. "I don't consider that overwhelming approval. It might get somebody elected, but when it comes to a contract we would not consider that a successful ratification."