Pasco schools non-bargaining employees to get raises, superintendent says
School district workers who are not represented by the United School Employees of Pasco should get a 2.65 percent pay raise before Christmas, Pasco County superintendent Kurt Browning announced late Friday.
Teachers and school-related personnel will not get the pay increases, because they are part of the contract bargaining unit. Negotiations stalled on Wednesday after USEP president Kenny Blankenship declared them to be at impasse, kicking off a chain of events that could delay the ultimate ratification beyond the winter holidays.
"I do not feel it is appropriate to continue to delay the raises for non-represented employees due to USEP's decision to declare impasse on contracts that do not impact all employees," Browning said in a video message to the district staff. "While I would prefer to give all employees their raises at the same time, the district is legally obligated to complete the bargaining impasse process with USEP before implementing a raise for our represented employees."
The School Board has scheduled an executive session for Tuesday to discuss negotiations. It approved 2.65 percent raises in its budget adopted in September, with an additional amount for benefits increases. The USEP has asked for 3.75 percent across the board raises.
See Browning's full video statement to employees below: