In collective bargaining sessions across the state, union bosses have been capturing a larger and larger share of school levies for employee perks. These local taxes are raised to provide services to children, but union officials and the school board members they help to elect have been diverting these funds to wage increases instead.
I’ve researched hundreds of bargaining agreements, and I believe Mukilteo School District has one of the worst contracts I have ever seen.
Half of the entire levy is used simply to give $20,000 (average) raises to state-paid employees whose state compensation averages $64,000.
In the union contract agreed adopted in 2013, the amount of money used to add to wages increases dramatically—a fact which might explain why the levy amount requested on the February 11 ballot also increases dramatically.
The column prepared at the link below shows many ways that wages are increased while services are decreasing in Mukilteo.
Mukilteo schools levy is for employee raises
Guest View by Jami Lund February 05, 2014