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District and union agree to custodian pay increase

September 15, 2009
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LONGVIEW, WA — Custodians are among the few Longview School District employees who will be receiving pay raises this year, a move that was approved by the Longview School Board Monday, according to The Daily News.
According to the story, the wage increases are part of a three-year contract approved last year by Longview School District and the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 925.
The raises give head custodians an extra $1,000 per year; high school custodians get a 20 cent per hour raise and middle school custodians get a 10 cent per hour raise, the story stated.
Longview Schools spokeswoman Sandy Catt said that the raises are not considered "cost-of-living increases," which no one in Longview School District received this year, but rather are raises accounted for in the yearly budget.
Though the SEIU considered postponing the raises if it allowed more employees to keep their jobs, the district never asked the union to forego the salary increases, the story noted.
Many feel that the raises were warranted as district custodians had not received a pay increase in over four years, the story added.
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