Contracts for two Pinellas unions will have to wait
Two of the largest Pinellas County school district employee unions have asked to withdraw their negotiated salary agreements from this evening's School Board agenda.
The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association and the Pinellas Educational Support Professionals Association did not ratify their agreements on Monday as planned and subsequently were not ready for board approval. The tentative agreements included an average salary increase of 4 percent. Superintendent Mike Grego is expected to honor their request.
PCTA president Mike Gandolfo said some members on the association's executive board thought some language in the agreement was unnecessarily removed. He declined to elaborate.
"My job was to make an agreement," Gandolfo said. "I made an agreement with the intention of getting it ratified. If they saw an issue then that’s part of our checks and balances."
PESPA followed suit. It's easier to get members to vote, Gandolfo said, if PCTA and PESPA members voted on the same day.
"I pulled it out so we can collaborate together," said president Nelly Henjes. "There’s nothing wrong. I just want to do it with PCTA,"
The tentative agreement will go before the union's representative council on Nov. 5. Both unions plan on ratifying the following week in preparation for the Nov. 17 School Board meeting.
Negotiated salary agreements that include an average 4 percent salary increase for district employees under the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association, as well as all non-instructional employees including administrators, those in professional, technical and supervisory positions, and non-represented support staff remain on the nonconsent portion of today’s board agenda.