Pasco union, school district $3.2 million apart on teacher pay raises
To no one's surprise, proposals in Pasco County's teacher contract talks Thursday looked much like the offers made for school-related employees a day earlier -- the sides opened far apart on terms.
The United School Employees of Pasco put it succinctly in its update to members: "More of the same."
Bottom line, the sides stood $3.17 million apart in their initial proposals. More specifically:
The USEP has asked for $9.4 million toward raises, or 4 percent. Half of the money would go to cost-of-living increases for everyone, while the other half would go into the district's salary schedules. It also put forth language to guarantee teachers in differentiated accountability schools are paid for all their work hours.
The district has offered $6.23 million for raises, or 2.65 percent, just as leaders have indicated would be coming. The money would be split between COLA and performance pay plans, as the USEP also suggested.
The USEP continues to urge the district to "dig deeper" into its unreserved fund balances, to support higher salaries. It has asked to put off further bargaining until after the district has filed an annual financial report with the state, so more details about how much money is available can come into consideration.
In the meantime, it also is urging members to go to the board's next evening meeting, Sept. 13, to advocate for better pay.