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Pasco teachers want their step increases



Back in June, the United School Employees of Pasco agreed to delay contract talks on whether teachers and other district workers would get their contracted annual raises based on years of service. The accepted deadline to resume conversations? August 10.

That date, you'll note on your calendar, has come and gone. And the USEP is none too pleased with the lack of progress made on the matter.

In an e-mail to all members, USEP president Lynne Webb stated that the bargaining team has rejected a district request to further postpone the pay negotiations:

"District teams have not been terribly forthcoming. They have failed to provide the requisite  spreadsheet/matrix indicating salary placement and step movement of all teachers and SRP citing computer software problems. That answer didn’t sit well with the USEP teams, who saw that as another indication the District has not made the economic welfare of its teachers and SRP a priority.  

She urged members to e-mail or call board members and superintendent Heather Fiorentino to express their views on the subject before the board meets behind closed doors at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

District employee relations supervisor Kevin Shibley, the administration's lead negotiator for the teacher contract, said the board will discuss the USEP's request for step increases at that meeting. The sides are scheduled to return to the table on Thursday.

Pasco teachers and school-related employees did not get raises or steps last year.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:32am]


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