With a majority of teacher and school related personnel (SRP) casting ballots, the United School Employees of Pasco received a stamp of approval on the most recently negotiated contracts with the District School Board of Pasco County.
On Thursday, February 1st, the USEP Election Committee counted the ballots tonight at the United School Employees of Pasco offices. 87% of the teachers and 98% of school related personnel voted in favor of the tentative agreements.
The contract settlements were reached on December 13, 2017, and employees had several weeks from the date the tentative agreements were signed to review the settlement summaries and salary increases and language. The results show approval with the most recent salary and working condition improvements.
At the USEP Building Representative Council meeting held Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Building Representatives voted overwhelmingly to recommend the tentative agreements to Pasco’s teachers and SRP bargaining units. The Pasco County School Board will vote on the tentative agreements at their February 6, 2018 meeting.
Both the teacher and school related personnel settlements provide salary improvements for employees when many districts around the state have not yet settled their contracts. The agreements also continue to provide a fully-paid employee health insurance package that includes major medical insurance, prescription drug coverage, a mental wellness program, and life insurance. All salary improvements will be paid to employees retroactively to July 1, 2017. For teachers, the state’s new “Best & Brightest” program will provide non-recurring bonuses of $1200 (Highly Effective) and up to $800 (Effective) based on the ratings for the 2016-2017 school year. These bonuses will be paid to all teachers in late March or early April.
“We want to thank the dedication of the Union and District bargaining teams for reaching this agreement in the midst of a bleak economic year” said USEP President Don Peace.