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Pasco teachers union gives district more time on mid-year transfer grievance



By contract, the Pasco school district administration had until Oct. 31 to answer a class-action grievance against its new procedure denying teachers the ability to transfer jobs midyear.

With time running out, the district asked the United School Employees of Pasco for more time. USEP leaders agreed to wait until Friday for the answer.

"We hope there's a rethinking of what they put in place," union director of operations Jim Ciadella said.

Superintendent Kurt Browning had tried for three years to stop teachers from switching jobs during the school year, contending the changes disrupted students and schools. The USEP never agreed to change the contract, however, and so Browning decided this summer to put his idea into practice outside of negotiations.

The USEP challenged that move, saying Browning overstepped his authority. If he does not alter his position, the union may appeal to the School Board.

More broadly, contract bargaining has been stalled for several weeks now, with the sides at odds over such issues as pay raises and contract guarantees for effective and highly effective teachers.

Ciadella said representatives are scheduled to return to the table on Nov. 9, to reassess whether they have a path toward a deal. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2016 12:36pm]


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