Union reps: Management pay hike has deflated staff morale

By From page A3 | June 05, 2014

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.

Jeanette Wylie, representing the Travis Unified Teachers Association, told trustees before they went into closed session Tuesday that governing boards for more than 20 years have adhered to a “Me too” policy of equal increases for all employee groups.
Approve the same increase for other employees as the May 13 board vote boosting management pay by 5.1 percent, Wylie asked.

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.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • no1fanJune 05, 2014 - 7:55 am

    As a parent of a student in the Travis district, I hope this changes. The last thing we need in this great school district is drama. The classified employees are outstanding and essential to the success of our students, just as much as the teachers! Let's make something happen so we can ensure that our district remains at the top!

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  • MarkJune 05, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Nice one sided article Ryan. Unfortunately the trustee's can't talk about what goes on in closed session and how there never has been a "me too" equitable across the district. Or why some got raises and others didn't. And if anyone bothered to check the public records you would find that the Travis teachers, on average, are better off in Travis than other districts. Why don't you try doing a little more investigation next time? The teachers union would make everyone think that the schools are all about them and their pay and benefits and the union is fully willing to toss the kids under the bus if it furthers their agenda. The top three things schools are about is 1. kids. 2. kids. 3 kids.

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  • Unions negotiate there own contract then bash other unions when they do better.June 05, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Mark you're are absolutely correct. Teachers in travis earn a salary much higher than other districts, while Administrators in Travis earn a salary 30% lower than the neighboring district. The Administrators in Travis are usually home grown and deserve a much higher salary. They are required to work more hours than teachers, work almost through the entire summer and just earn approximately 20,000 more than a teacher for their efforts. Too preserve the environment of Travis schools, Administrators should make comparable salaries to neighboring districts. I don't work for travis....

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  • It's our tax money...June 05, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    Waaahh---poor unions! How unfair! They got some and I didn't! Make them give me some of theirs! If you really feel you need to be paid more, then find another school district or job that does. I haven't had a raise in five years, but instead of whining, I went and did something about it. And yes I was a teacher several years ago in another area. What now--going to try and hold the kids hostage to your demands?

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