Last night USEP instructional and SRP negotiating teams showed solidarity when refusing to sign off on the Districtâ€™s â€œBest and Finalâ€ proposal.
The evening began with USEP teams passing proposals in response to District proposals passed before Thanksgiving break.
The District countered with what is termed their “Best and Final” proposal, which includes the elimination of the Early Retirement programÂ on June 30, 2018Â and provides pay increases averaging approximately 3 percent for the bargaining units. The major area of contention, however, is the Districtâ€™s language to change the way teachers are paid.
While the Districtâ€™s SRP proposal does not contain the objectionable language that exists in the Districtâ€™s instructional proposal, USEPâ€™s SRP team did not want to sign off without their instructional counterparts.
Both teams had hoped to be able to settle their contracts and were saddened that this was not a possibility at this time; the teamsÂ are evaluating their next steps.