Pasco teachers union president fires back at superintendent
United School Employees of Pasco president Lynne Webb is taking issue with Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning's recent statements about why teacher contract negotiations have yet to begin.
"We're waiting on the USEP," is what Browning said. That's simply unfair, Webb said during comments at Tuesday's board meeting.
"I don't want you thinking that USEP is delaying," Webb told the board.
Rather, she said, the organization leadership is working to make sure it has all the information and materials needed for appropriate decisions on such issues as raises. She noted that the contract that results for 2013-14 will become the baseline for all employees on professional rather than annual contracts, as required in SB 736, and so getting things right is of critical importance to the bargaining unit.
She also said the district has yet to get some key details to the USEP so it can properly analyze its financial position entering talks. Webb e-mailed Browning with her thoughts as well as telling the board.
"While I share your desire to provide good news about salary improvements to teachers and SRP, I also realize that salary is just one part of the package. USEP will not be rushed or pressured to make premature agreements, but will, instead use due diligence to ensure the BEST possible settlement for our teachers and SRP," she wrote. "I request that you refrain from assigning blame to USEP and instead ensure that all of the preliminary steps are taken and information provided in a timely manner so we can proceed and bring about a positive resolution."
Browning told the board he expects talks to begin before the end of the month.