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Kennewick para educators picket in front of district building amidst contract negotiations

The school district came to the paras with their final pay raise offer on Tuesday, but in a vote the para educators turned it down.

Just outside a bond meeting at the Kennewick School District building, Kennewick para educators picketed for what they say is simply fair pay.

The paras will be picketing throughout the week to raise support in their fight with the district over a pay raise.

Kennewick para educators are bargaining with the district Friday afternoon.

"I'm feeling that we deserve more because we do a lot for the school,” said Pamela Judkins a para educator. “If we weren't there the teachers would be all by themselves, the kids would be all by themselves at recess and in the crosswalk and everything else.”

The school district came to the paras with their final pay raise offer on Tuesday, but in a vote the para educators turned it down.

The deal says a starting para would make just over $14 an hour and make only $5 more over the course of a career.

The paras will vote on a strike on the 17th. If they do strike Kennewick teachers say they will strike with them.

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