Pasco union employees took no raises, president says
The United School Employees of Pasco again finds itself having to defend against accusations that its workers got raises even as the association struggles to negotiate step increases for its members.
USEP president Lynne Webb contacted the Gradebook to stress that her employees have not asked for or received extra pay.
"The USEP staff volunteers to forgo their contracted step increases in solidarity with our teachers and SRP and in recognition of the economic recession and budgetary shortfalls," Webb said in an e-mail. "I will announce this at the first USEP Representative Council meeting on Tuesday, August 25."
The same issue arose in May, when the USEP leadership included staff step increases in its budget for planning purposes, until it could negotiate with the UAW, which represents the workers. Some rumors seem to never die.
Contract negotiations over steps are scheduled to resume Thursday. The Pasco School Board is scheduled to discuss its position behind closed doors at 3 p.m. today.