Last night the House added some last minute changes to the McCleary bill SB 6362, passed it on a party line vote 50-48, immediately sent it over to the Senate, and the Senate passed it on a party line 25-23 vote after a bitter debate that came close to a complete meltdown. Not the way I would have liked them to close the book on the last chapter of the Supreme Court case.
As I have mentioned previously, this bill limits what we can negotiate next year. What salary increase can we negotiate next year? They didn’t change their previous position that I have described in previous entries which was:
- 3% increase based upon the 2017 CPI (consumer price index);
- Education and experience step increases;
- Job changes based upon enrollment changes;
- And now the more complicated one…raise school district classified employee average salary to the average statewide allocation determined by OSPI. This “upper limit” will be a different calculation for each school district.
Final reminder, this limitation is only for the 2018-19 school year. Salary increases in future years will be based upon the IPD (implicit price deflator) not the CPI.