Last night the District Bargaining proposal still sought to eliminate the Early Retirement Plan, moving from 2-1/2 years to 3 years. Â This offer came despite the comments of dozens of teachers and SRP who attended Tuesdayâ€™s School Board meeting to speak against excessive state mandated testing as well as the Districtâ€™s proposal to eliminate the Early Retirement Plan and revamp paycheck distribution for teachers.
In addressing the School Board, USEP President Kenny Blankenship stated, â€œOur teachers and SRP appreciate the offer of an increase in pay, but hate that it has to come at the expense of others. Â We believe we made a very reasonable counter to the Districtâ€™s proposal and hope that in the spirit of the Holiday season a settlement can be reached that is agreeable to both parties.â€
While the Districtâ€™s proposal showed some movement, their proposal included an inequitable distribution of pay increases for SRP, an instructional compensation task-force that could actually limit options for teachers, and a pay cut for part-time adult education teachers.
USEP negotiates for all teachers and SRP, members and non-members alike. As the bargaining agent we seek to gain a settlement that benefits all while also protecting the benefits and contractual rights of the minority.
Negotiations will resume on Wednesday, December 3rd. Â In the meantime, USEP wishes all District employees and their families a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!