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HEA BarGAINing 2015
Negotiations between HEA and HPS will begin on March 27. With the Legislature under pressure to better fund our education system, we will be bargaining hard to direct resources to improve compensation, educator workload and the learning environment. Your HEA bargaining team members are: Thara Cooper -- McMicken/Chinook, Richard Dunn -- Beverly Park, Greg Harrington -- Mount Rainier, Shauna Pierson -- ACE High School, Marty Shorb -- Sylvester Middle School, Christina Smith -- Beverly Park, Elizabeth Beck -- WEA UniServ Representative, and Sue McCabe -- HEA President.  
    
Concluding a successful negotiations depend on the active involvement of all members. New this year, Sandy Hunt and Teresa Duhamel are heading a Bargaining Support Team (BST). The BST will consist of representatives from every work site and specialist group. BST will initially build two-way channels of communication between the bargaining team and every member of HEA. During the course of negotiations this channel will be used to gather information from our members, provide status updates to members, and mobilize members to take action in support of our bargaining team and the negotiations process. Should negotiations reach an impasse, the BST will help plan and implement necessary job actions.

Your HEA Representatives are currently seeking at least one BST member from your work site. If you are passionate about improving working conditions for members at your site or education specialist position, please talk to your HEA Rep or contact Sandy Hunt at huntsl@gmail.com using your home email. A specific list of responsibilities for this position is available from your HEA Rep or can be emailed to your home email.

Support from YOU -- HEA Members

  1. Provide HEA Reps/BST with home emails and phone numbers.
  2. Attend your HEA Building Meetings.
  3. Read Focus articles and Bargaining Updates sent to home emails.
  4. Complete the bargaining survey.
  5. Attend bargaining listening sessions.
  6. Participate in bargaining support activities.
  7. Attend HPS School Board Meetings.
  8. Attend HEA General Membership Meetings.

Upcoming bargaining listening sessions. Please attend and share your voice. HEA BarGAINing Listening Sessions:

Thursday, Feb. 26
MRHS 3:30-5 p.m.
Sylvester MS 3:30-5 p.m.
Madrona Elem 4:30-6 p.m.
Seahurst Elem 4:30-6 p.m.

Thursday, March 12    
HHS 3:30-5 p.m.
Cascade MS 3:30-5 p.m.
North Hill Elem 4:30-6 p.m.
Mount View Elem 4:30-6 p.m.

2015 Legislative Session
Our statewide legislative priorities include: Competitive Professional Compensation, Reliable Predictable and Sustainable School Funding and Focus on Students.

Stop Sen. Steve Litzow's anti-teacher campaign! We need YOUR help to make sure our lawmakers address the needs of education!  The legislative session is in progress. Visit OurVoice for updates and information on where our lawmakers are taking education this session.

Pay close attention to the decisions our legislators are making regarding your class size, salary, evaluation, health care, and retirement.  It is a perfect time to join WEAPAC if you haven't already.  We need legislators who will truly make decisions that make sense for our students and for us! Download WEA-PAC form. You can fill it out and send it to the HEA office via your building representative.  

School Board Connections
Fifty-plus HEA members attended the Jan. 21 school board meeting. Mike McLeod, Lisa Lecoq and Sherry Edwards from North Hill spoke courageously about what is happening in their school around the extreme increase in demands and hours that are required in the classroom. Every speaker shared concerns and offered viable solutions. Their statements can be found on our HEA website.

At the Feb. 4 school board meeting, we honored our recently National Board Certified Teachers/ESAs. Every year in February, we celebrate HEA members who have earned this credential. This year, 21 current members earning this credential began working anywhere from 1974 to most recently in 2010. Highline is 21st in the nation for newly certified NBCTs. Please congratulate Casey Alexander, Carissa Bedell, Leigh Benaderet, James Boutin, Erin Carlton, Nadia Counter, Kristin Gainer, Crystal Gifford, Kimbereley Glusick, Erik Heineman, Laura Hibbard, Tamara Kittredge, Brian Lemon, Angela Lewis, Nathan Lommen, Andres Love, Melissa McGraw, Tien-An Nguyen, Renesa Nunez Norales, Phuong Tran and Suzanne Womble.

Recently certified NBCT teacher James Boutin addressed the school board suggesting that prior to beginning new programs in any school, the school-based staff should be consulted. His school, ACE High School, is slated to begin offering AP classes to their students, yet school-based staff were not asked to weigh in on the decision. James advocated around teacher voice and expertise.

Please attend a school board meeting this year. Public school educators need their voices heard. The next school board meeting is 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at Marvista Elementary.

Consider sharing your experiences in the classroom. Suggested speaking topics include grading/assessment, strategic plan implementation, and dual language program. Speakers can select any topic. Members have requested suggestions.

Sue McCabe will host appetizers at 4:45 p.m. at Azteca for meetings held at ERAC.

Highline School Board holds work study sessions to learn about and address issues in our schools. If you are interested, here is a schedule. All HSD work study sessions are held at 5:30 p.m. at  ERAC unless noted.
Feb. 11: Secondary transformation
Feb. 18: Budget, 4:30 p.m. 
Feb. 25: Bilingual/Biliterate
March 25: Budget
April 29: Multi-tiered systems of support

Building Visits
HEA leadership had visited the following schools:
North Hill Elementary, Chinook Middle School, Cascade Middle School
Hilltop Elementary, Midway Elementary, White Center Heights Elementary
and Parkside Elementary . Sue McCabe joined HEA Building meetings at Shorewood Elementary, Highline High School and North Hill Elementary.  

HEA member voice is a crucial piece of moving forward. Please lend your voice. If your building would like a visit, please talk with your HEA building representative.

Feb. 10, 2015

In this Issue ...
  • 2015 HEA BarGAINing
  • 2015 Legislative Session
  • School Board Connections
  • Building Visits
  • Articles worth a read

FAQs

Q: If I am a first-year teacher in SY 2014-15, how many personal days do I have?
A: Our personal days are sick days that can be used for personal reasons. You have up to 4 per contract. Our current contract covers 2013-15. If you are a first-year teacher, you can use up to 4 days for personal reasons. If you do not use any personal days, they remain in your sick day balance.

Q: When I document my 14 hours of PD on my TRI form, does it need to be approved by anyone?
A: No. This professional development is completely self-selected and requires no separate approval. It is the discretion of the professional making the decision.

Q: When is the next school board meeting?
A: Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Marvista Elementary.

Your Contract
Available on our website

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 13-17: Mid-Winter Break
Feb. 16: Toxic Testing Rally in Olympia
Feb. 18: School Board Meeting at Marvista
February thru March: Contact your legislators
March 4: School Board Meeting at ERAC
March 14: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Fund Education Rally at McKnight Middle School, 1200 Edmonds Ave. NE, in Renton.
March 18: School Board Meeting at Hilltop Elementary

Articles Worth A Read or View

The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Disorders: Peter Gray at TEDx

'We Were Doing Kids a Disservice': Former Charter School Recalls Lack of Oversight and Accountability

Stand for Children: For or Against Children

Is this School Heaven? No, it's Finland

Why My Son will Opt Out of PARCC

An outstanding music teacher tells Governor Cuomo why his reform plan is a bad idea



Contact us







Sue McCabe
HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 121

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 122


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