Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 20, 2010 Update on Bargaining

Shoreline School District's ending fund balance continues to grow. We learned on July 19 that the District is projecting the ending fund to reach $ 10 MILLION by the end of August.
They have plenty of money to address the needs of SESPA members.

Did you know that over 60 % of SESPA members do NOT qualify for an experience increment? Why, you ask? Over 40 % are assigned "temporary" hours and temporary work doesn't qualify for increments. Another 20 % of our dedicated veteran employees are stuck at the top of the SESPA salary schedule. Even those at the 20 year step do not earn a "Living Wage" to support themselves and their families.

The district unilaterally declared impasse at our last bargaining session and requested a State mediator. We have been assigned Robin Romeo as our mediator. Rose Ann McLaughlin and Donna Lurie will meet with the mediator on August 4th. Our next bargaining session is scheduled for August 16.

Thanks for your support,
Your Bargaining Team

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