BETA salaries

BRAWLEY, Calif. – Members of the Brawley Elementary Teachers Association (BETA) claim they recently found a discrepancy in the salary schedule settlement they have with the school district. They claim more than 70 union members have been underpaid by thousands of dollars.

“From 17 on down the steps aren’t funded as they are steps one through five. Steps one through five are funded at 0.55 and from 17 on down they are funded are various ones, it could be 2.0, 2.8, 2.5.” said BETA President Peggy Emanuel.

But district officials say that’s not what they all agreed on more than ten years ago when they negotiated with the union, adding that changing the pay schedule would be a big hit for the districts pocket.

“Trying to solve this the way that teachers want to solve it, is a tremendous financial impact to this district.” said Superintendent Ron Garcia.

District officials say they had to dig through files to find the document that would prove that, what the union is calling a discrepancy is something they agreed on back in 2005.

“There was a mistake and we would like for them to make good on the salary schedule for this year.” said Emanuel.

While the teachers union plans to ask the school board to fix the salary schedule, district officials say the signed paperwork is clear on the salary schedule.

“Unfortunately the teachers union is putting out a lot of misinformation.” said Garcia.

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