TAMPA, Fla. -- After a short contract negotiation meeting Wednesday morning, the union representing frustrated school bus drivers and other employees asking for more pay in Hillsborough County walked away from the bargaining table without a deal.
“They asked us to do more with less. There’s hundreds of our bargaining unit positions that are unfilled at this time. We have schools that we’re down two student nutrition employees, two custodians, and our people just keep working. Yet, the district comes back with a $300,000, one-time payment for our bargaining unit,” said Alicea.
Alicea and union Vice President Stephanie MacNeel called the offer “disrespectful."
The mounting anxiety is shared by teachers in the district, who are also bargaining for raises. The district has denied $4,000 increases promised to thousands of teachers.
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