Pinellas union files grievance against district over pay
From a PCTA press release: Today, the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association (PCTA) has filed a grievance with the Pinellas County School Board (PCSB) for unilaterally reducing teacher pay by an amount of $290 annually. PCTA will follow this grievance by filing an unfair labor practice charge against the PCSB in the coming week. The immediate impact of the PCSB decision was felt by 11.5 and 12 month contract instructional personnel. This action, however, will impact all 8,400 Pinellas County School Board instructional personnel when school open in August.
"This issue has simmered since mid-June when the district announced during a bargaining session that they were planning to reduce teacher pay in 2009-10 due to a shortfall in property tax collections related to the local tax referendum," said PCTA President Kim Black. "I sent two letters to Dr. Ron Stone explaining the contract violation and PCTA's intent to take corrective action if the district followed through with the pay cut." Ron Stone, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, has yet to respond.