Pinellas, FPSU/SEIU agree to 5 percent raises
Pinellas County Schools and the Florida Public Services Union/SEIU reached a tentative agreement that would provide employees with a 5 percent salary increase, the school district announced Wednesday.
The raises are for the 2013/14 school year. When approved, they will be retroactive to July 1.
Rick Brant, a business agent for the union, said he was pleased to get 5 percent. He said some employees were taking home the same amount of money that they did in 2007.
The union represents about 2,500 employees from transportation, maintenance, plant operations and food service. Brant said this year about 1,200 people are in the lowest pay grade. He said those employees will go from $9.39 an hour to $9.86 an hour. Many of those employees are part-time workers, he said.
Bus drivers will go from $12.50 to start to more than $13 an hour, he said.
Employees in FPSU last year received, on average, a 1.5 percent raise. This is the largest raise the group has seen in more than 10 years, according to the district.
The salary agreement still is subject to votes by the Pinellas County School Board and the union.
Negotiations still are underway with the other unions, including the teachers union. (The teachers union is negotiating today.) District officials expect to conclude negotiations soon.