USEP: District's pay proposal needs some work
The idea of paying an equal lump sum amount to Pasco school employees — whether a bonus or a supplement — isn't exactly what the United School Employees of Pasco had in mind for a contract deal, union president Lynne Webb tells the Gradebook.
In a recent survey of employees, "least favorite ... was a flat rate," Webb said. "They felt there should be some differentiation."
In other words, people who do different jobs should get different amounts. She equated the situation to raises, when the district has paid them. The district puts forth a pot of money and says it will cover an average raise of some percent, but not everyone gets the same exact amount.
"We are looking for more equity based on the work they do," Webb said. "We need to come to a meeting of the minds."
The USEP has yet to put forth a counterproposal to the district offer. Webb said the employees needed to see exactly what the district had in mind before putting anything to paper itself. She declined to reveal the results of the employee survey, saying it will guide the bargaining team's actions but not be available for public consumption.