FAIRFIELD — A vote by trustees to increase management salaries wasn’t malicious – but instead reflects a lack of awareness about the history of contract bargaining in the Travis School District, the president of the teacher union says.
Mary Richards, representing classified staff at Travis that includes secretaries and other employees, said trustees were provided May 20 with more than 150 letters about the management pay raise.
The letters represent 75 percent of classified staff and note that employees think it’s unfair to approve increases only for management, Richards said.
“We were hoping that as you read their comments, you would understand the impact of your decision on the morale of your classified employees,” Richards said. “In their comments, you read the frustration, disappointment and discouragement of the classified employees who have worked hard for several years now to perform their jobs well despite cuts to their hours and pay.”
“This increase to management and confidential staff has seriously deflated the morale,” Richards said. “We are the support system that keeps this district running. The current action by the school board makes you realize how little the board regards their classified employees.”
“We have never seen this inequality before,” she said.
Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak declined to comment on the statements made by Wylie and Richards.
Gavlak said no action was reported out of the trustees’ closed session Tuesday.
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