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Pasco teachers union makes pay raise proposal



Knowing the School Board included money for raises in its tentative 2013-14 budget, the United School Employees of Pasco this week aimed to define the terms by putting a proposal on the table during negotiations.

The USEP plan calls for splitting the raise funds into "shares," and then doling out the shares to teachers based on the length of time they've been in the Pasco school district without a raise. A teacher with the district for six or more years, then would get six shares, or $2,406.96. One who joined the district a year ago would get one share, or $401.16.

"We think the rationale is appropriate," USEP lead negotiator Jim Ciadella told the Gradebook. "People that have worked and dedicated their service to the district should be rewarded."

The district did not offer a counterproposal, but its representatives have suggested that an across-the-board raise in which everyone gets the same amount was more to their way of thinking. The district could bring its response to the table as early as Thursday.

Ciadella said he was hopeful that the sides could reach an agreement quickly, so employees would know what kind of raise to expect before classes begin Aug. 19. Speaking to teachers at Lacoochee Elementary on Wednesday, superintendent Kurt Browning assured the group that they will be getting raises but offered no details, except to say that negotiations were going well.

The USEP plan also calls for the district to continue paying full health insurance benefits for employees, and to keep supplemental pay the same as in past years. See the proposal here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 2:11pm]


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