Pasco teachers union doesn't give in to district demands
The United School Employees of Pasco went back to the negotiating table with school district representatives this week, where it rejected the district's economic proposals for the current year contract.
USEP leaders held firm to their request that the district use federal stimulus funds for education jobs this year, as intended by Congress, and not hold the money in abeyance for next year's tenuous budget. Union president Lynne Webb said in an advisory to members that she reminded district officials that the funds must be negotiated and the district "cannot unilaterally determine how to spend them."
She was equally upset that the administration did not take the USEP's position to the School Board for its views, as the union negotiators asked for at their last session. "The contract is with the School Board, not the superintendent," Webb reminded.
Superintendent Heather Fiorentino said she plans to call for an executive session with the new School Board membership to discuss next steps.