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Union files unfair labor charge



Back in May, Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino sent out a memo reminding all district employees that they might be called into service over the summer if a major emergency hit. She said Florida law requires school districts to open and staff shelters for hurricanes and the like.

Teachers complained, but little happened. Until this week.

Now the United School Employees of Pasco has filed a complaint with the Public Employees Relations Commission saying that the district tried to unilaterally change contract terms. It's seeking relief. (You can download the complaint here: Part One and Part Two. It's big.)

Fiorentino expressed surprise at the grievance, which PERC has deemed sufficient for a hearing. "We have offered to negotiate it several times," she told the Gradebook, adding that she prefers to rely on volunteers than to press anyone into action. She remained confident that her team will be vindicated, though: "We believe we have done everything correctly." The PERC is expected to schedule the hearing within the next 30-45 days.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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