Pasco teachers, school-related employees ratify contracts
The United School Employees of Pasco has just reported that its membership has approved contracts for 2009-10.
In voting Thursday, 66 percent of members cast ballots. Of those, 88 percent of teachers and 93 percent of SRPs voted in support of the agreement, which provides one-time supplements to all employees, as well as fully-paid health insurance benefits.
"The results show acceptance of the settlement, but don't mistake acceptance for satisfaction or endorsement," USEP president Lynne Webb said in a memo to members. "Unfortunately, the economic situation for next year won't be much better unless our elected officials find ways to raise additional revenue, so let's focus our attention on the legislature, which has failed to adequately fund education, and urge the District to start realigning their priorities now to ensure a better outcome next year."
The Pasco County School Board approved the contract terms last week.