Stanwood-Camano School District and its classified staff union will return to the bargaining table Friday after employees did not approve the tentative agreement.
The union is not on strike, and school will continue.
The district and Public School Employees of Stanwood-Camano negotiators reached a tentative agreement Aug. 28 and union members voted down the accord a few days ago.
The union represents about 300 school district employees — non-teachers such as paraeducators, bus drivers and other staff — and is separate from the Stanwood-Camano Education Association, which represents roughly 270 teachers in the district.
The tentative agreement was for the final two years of a three-year contract agreed to last year, according to the district. Under that three-year deal, classified staff received a 7 percent raise last year.
The district and the union reopened negotiations after additional state money became available through the so-called “McCleary fix.”
The tentative agreement was for 5 percent increase this year and a 7 percent raise for next year, totaling a 19 percent raise over three years, according to the district.
Union officials did not immediately respond for requests to comment from the Stanwood Camano News. About 40 classified union supporters attended the school board meeting Tuesday, with a handful speaking during public comment urging the district to increase its offer.
The teachers’ union unanimously agreed to a three-year deal earlier this month that will total an 18 percent raise over the next three years.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.