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Sorry, Pasco teachers, but you're on call



A state hearing officer has recommended dismissal of the United School Employees of Pasco's unfair labor practice complaint against superintendent Heather Fiorentino's school-year ending "hurricane memo."

The union had contended that Fiorentino had no right to require teachers and other school workers, none of whom keep hours over the summer, to provide contact numbers and be available if needed to staff emergency shelters. Fiorentino insisted that she did nothing wrong.

Hearing officer Julie Steinmeyer has ruled Fiorentino's favor. She found that the administration offered the union the opportunity to bargain, even though it didn't have to, and the union didn't follow through. The administration even altered the draft version of its memo to answer many of the union's concerns, Steinmeyer wrote.

Further, the hearing officer determined that the union failed to demonstrate that the district, which signaled its clear intention to rely on volunteers except in extreme situations, did anything to directly and negatively impact employees. And that's the end of that.

To read the full ruling, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27am]


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