Some Yakima teachers may not show up for first school day over pay dispute
YAKIMA, Wash. -- The unhealthy air quality didn’t stop Yakima teachers from hitting the pavement, once more.
Today, they gathered outside of the Yakima Education Association on Nob Hill Boulevard and protested for, what they say, is money the district owes them.
Many teachers across the valley are in similar negotiations.
Jennifer Gawlik, a teacher at Franklin Middle School, says the district received 10 million dollars.
She says it all should be for teacher pay, but says they're having to fight for just a portion of it.
“It’s just supposed to be for salaries. Everything else that we budget for every year, which is a hard job, but everything else that’s budgeted for is separate. This is money we should’ve already had, and it’s in a big allocated fund, just sitting there, waiting for us,” said Gawlik.
She says if an agreement isn’t soon made on the amount of money the district will pay the teachers, some teachers may not show up to school on Monday.