KHSD bus drivers plan rally over wage negotiations

Published 02/20 2014 06:45AM

Updated 02/27 2014 07:22AM

BAKERSFIELD, CA- Some Kern High School District employees plan to rally Thursday afternoon, to bring attention to salary negotiations.

Labor representatives said the wage of classified workers hasn't changed since 2007. KHSD officials say there are about 2,000 classified workers in the district.

Labor representatives said they've been negotiating with the district for about six months, but haven't reached a deal.

California School Employees Association labor relations representative Martin Mejia said classified workers make between $14 and $20 an hour. He said that hasn't changed in seven years.

Mejia said, "We take a look at the community and what other districts are paying out or putting on the scale for other classified employees, teacher, and it's been around 3.5%, 4%."

KHSD spokesman John Teves said district officials were not aware of the plan to rally. He said in an email, negotiations are ongoing, and have been amicable.

Mejia said they will meet again Thursday at 1:30pm, after the rally at noon.

A 3.5% raise would increase a classified worker's pay by .50 to .70 per hour.

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