Pasco teacher negotiations delayed
Last fall, the United School Employees of Pasco and the Pasco district administration reached their earliest contract settlement in years, just days after classes resumed.
A repeat performance appears increasingly unlikely.
Negotiations tentatively scheduled for today have been put off until Aug. 21, employee relations director Betsy Kuhn said. And several key matters remain unresolved.
Neither side has put forth a formal offer on salaries and benefits, with each group hoping that more money will become available for raises than currently is floating around. Superintendent Kurt Browning stressed in his recent welcome back message that he's not letting up on the goal of having all schools become tobacco free. Browning has also pushed an end to lateral transfers during the school year, calling them disruptive to children's learning.
The union has not embraced those proposals, at least in the absence of tradeoffs that its bargaining team has sought. Those include higher pay for teachers who substitute for absent colleagues during their planning or lunch time.
Relations between the two sides remain tense, with leaders on each suggesting the other is responsible for the lack of movement. Stay tuned.