D70 board delays vote on union pact
The Pueblo County District 70 school board has postponed action on a contract with the employees union until next month.
The school board on Tuesday night agreed to wait until the Feb. 4 meeting to vote on a contract with the Pueblo County Education Association to give board members time to review the contract.
PCEA represents teachers and classified employees.
PCEA President Roxy Pignanelli said the union and district leaders have been in ongoing talks for several months while both sides waited to see what the district’s budget picture was going to look like this year.
Pignanelli said PCEA is not asking for any salary increases, but is seeking assurances the district won’t decrease compensation for employees.
“We’re asking to extend the contract until 2016,” Pignanelli said Wednesday. “We also want a guarantee of no furloughs or compensation cuts no matter what sort of economic road we go down.”
All District 70 employees were granted step increases in June when the school board approved the 2013-14 budget.
Step increases are automatic raises based on seniority or education.
Also at that time, district employees who take the family insurance plan were given a $25 stipend to help offset the nearly 14 percent increase in health insurance premiums.