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Pasco school employees union formally demands district action on start-up group



The United School Employees of Pasco tried and failed in its informal bid to have flyers for a decertification effort removed from district bulletin boards.

Now the union has made an official "cease and desist" request to prompt district action.

In a letter to the employee relations department, USEP president Kenny Blankenship wrote, "It is USEP's contention that there is clear, unambiguous case law outlining an employer's obligation towards an employee organization seeking to decertify or disband from a legally certified bargaining unit.

"Though you cannot directly intervene in the actions of this group, the district is now on notice that petitions and statements are being placed on District owned bulletin boards and an employee mailboxes. USEP is demanding that this practice cease immediately and that the District take affirmative action to direct supervisors at all bus garages, schools and workplaces, to remove any documents from this group from any District owned and controlled spaces."

District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said the district has not taken any such steps, although it plans to ask the new group to postpone a planned meeting at a district building.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:00pm]


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