Pasco teacher, SRP negotiations continue
Representatives from the Pasco school district and the United School Employees of Pasco continue to negotiate despite being at official impasse.
The sides met Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 - their second round since the impasse declaration - and made strides toward resolution on some key ideas.
On the school-related personnel front, the USEP lowered its raise request from 3.75 percent to 3.35 percent. The union opened earlier in the process asking for 4 percent, so it is trying to find a middle ground with the district, which has offered 2.68 percent and said that's the best it can do.
In the teacher talks, the sides did not make any movement on pay and benefits either, after the union reduced its proposal, also to 3.35 percent. But they did come to terms on other issues the USEP has pushed for.
They signed an agreement to give compensatory time to teachers who voluntarily cover classrooms for absent colleagues, when a substitute teacher cannot be secured. They reached a deal protecting teachers at turnaround schools from being forced to attend trainings held during non-work hours.
Assistant superintendent Kevin Shibley has advised the district the parties may continue to negotiate, and the School Board may have closed sessions to discuss the bargaining, until a special magistrate issues a recommended order and one of the parties rejects it.
The board had a scheduled executive session on Dec. 20 for this purpose.