Sept. 20, 2021
Pinellas County Schools has reached tentative agreements with SEIU/Florida Public Services Union and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on salary, healthcare and contract language.
These agreements have been ratified by their respective unions and will need to be approved by the School Board. The agreements are scheduled to be brought to the School Board for consideration at their September 28 regular meeting.
SEIU and FOP have approved the proposals that all staff covered under their bargaining units will receive a 3.25% salary increase for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Additionally, the School Board will pay the entire $9 million healthcare increase for all employees. Employee premiums and co-pays will remain the same.
If approved, employees in SEIU and FOP, as well as non-represented employees, can expect to see their pay increases, as well as retroactive pay to July 1, 2021, prior to the Thanksgiving break.
“I am thrilled that the School Board is able to provide this salary increase and absorb the rise in health care costs for our hard-working service staff and police officers,” said Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego. “Our employees continue to go above and beyond to ensure students have a safe and successful school year. I look forward to reaching final agreements with our remaining employee unions.”
The district continues to meet with the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association (PCTA) and the Pinellas Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA) to finalize agreements for the new fiscal year.