2015 state Legislature setting our COLA
Your COLA for the next two years:
From the Governor: 3.0%, 1.8%
From the House: 3.0%, 1.8%
From the Senate: 1.8%, 1.2%
The Legislature's raise for themselves: 11.2%
2015 WEA Representative Assembly
Join us on Saturday in Olympia to send a message to our legislators
As part of this year's WEA RA, there will be statewide rally on Saturday, April 25, to send a message to the Legislature about state funding for education. Join us to send a message to our state legislators. The WEA Rally will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Olympia. Legislators need to follow the Constitution. Sign up here.
Your RA delegates will be in Bellevue April 23-25, volunteering to represent you in order to set the state business agenda for the coming year. Delegates include: Sandra Aguila, Susan Andrews-Salmond, Amber Birge, James Boutin, Richard Coker, Thara Cooper, Teresa Duhamel, Tamasha Emedi, Tracey Drum, Paula Franzen, Joanne Glasgow, Amy Hepburn, Sandy Hunt, Julie Kastien, Patrick Lamb, Sue McCabe, Melissa McGraw, Michael McSweeney, Tabitha Plotke, Donna Shaman, Bianca Smith, and Christina Smith.
2015 Legislative Session
Pay close attention this week to the decisions our legislators are making regarding your class size, salary, evaluation, health care, and retirement. It is a perfect time to join WEA-PAC if you haven't already. Download the WEA-PAC enrollment form, fill it out and send it to the HEA office via your building representative.
Teachers in eight local associations from WEA Fourth Corner have voted to stage one-day strikes against the Legislature this week, and other locals are considering taking some sort of action as well. The regular Legislative session ends April 26, and current budget proposals fail to fully fund I-1351's smaller class sizes or competitive professional pay and benefits for school employees. Read more about the teachers's strike over state funding on OurVoice.
HEA BarGAINing 2015 Update
Negotiations began HEA and HPS will begin on March 27. There have been two joint sessions. There are eight scheduled sessions in May and June. Check in with your BST -- Bargaining Support Team representative for possible future actions to be scheduled.
FIRST DAY BARGAINING SUPPORT RALLY
This year's contract negotiations began with a flourish as members of the Bargaining Support Team rallied members to kick-off events held outside negotiations both before and after school. Teachers, nurses, counselors, OTs, PTs, and other HEA educators lined the halls with hand-lettered signs showing their appreciation and sharing their desires for this year's bargain. "Bargaining is a challenge," said Richard Dunn, a member of the bargaining team. "It means a lot to us to have the members take time out of their busy lives and show their support. I hope we will continue actions like these in coming months."
BARGAINING SUPPORT TEAM
The Bargaining Support Team (BST) is comprised of members who have volunteered to be point people at their work sites (or work groups) for all things related to the bargain. Recently, they have been updating the contact information for members. This information was used to send out the bargaining survey and will be used to keep members up-to-date over the summer. Future bargaining-related events are also being planned.
Please consider joining the BST! Share your ideas as we plan additional work actions in the coming weeks and months. Please talk to your building or group representative and contact Sandy Hunt if you would like more information. The next orientation for BSTs will be from 4-4:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, at ERAC (prior to the monthly HEA Rep Council Meeting). Please join us!
School Board Connections
HEA members continue to attend HSD School Board meetings. Courageous teachers are speaking publicly, to celebrate their successes and to share what they need to see in our schools. Great speakers include: Thara Cooper at McMicken/Chinook, James Boutin at ACE High School, Amanda Koning at Valley View Preschool, Andrew Hobkirk at Valley View Preschool, Donna Shaman, occupational therapist, Tracey Drum at Bow Lake, Paula Franzen at Shorewood, Julie Mahieu, preschool SLP, Sandra Aguila at Madrona, Erin Hayes at Beverly Park. Their topics include: ILC class size, preschool student safety, toxic testing, restore hope to our staff and students, PBIS/student behavior, community empowerment, AP classes at ACE.
Many of their statements can be found on the HEA website. Every speaker shared their concerns and offering viable solutions.
Please attend a school board meeting this year. Public school educators need their voices heard. The next school board meeting is 6 p.m. May 6 at ERAC. Consider sharing your experiences in the classroom. Suggested speaking topics: Professional Growth & Evaluation, Grading/Assessment, Strategic Plan Implementation Dual Language Program, Curriculum, and Time. Any speaker can select any topic. Members have requested suggestions. Sue McCabe will host appetizers at Azteca at 4:45 p.m. for meetings held at ERAC.
|April 21, 2015
In this Issue ...
- State COLA
- WEA RA
- 2015 Legislative Session
- 2015 HEA BarGAINing
- School Board Connections
- HEA Retirement Social
- Articles worth a read
Q: When do I need to sign my contract?
A: You should turn in your signed contract within two weeks of receipt.
Q: When do I vote on HEA officer elections?
A: Next week. Help your building representative out. Find them and vote before May 1.
Q: When is the next school board meeting?
A: Wednesday, May 6, at ERAC. Appetizers at Azteca at 4:45 p.m.
Available on our website
HSD Listening Dates
April 21: School Board Listening, Chinook, 6 p.m.
April 27: Superintendent Listening, Evergreen campus, 6 p.m.
May 4: School Board Listening, Sylvester, 6 p.m.
May 6: School Board Meeting, ERAC, 6 p.m.
May 13: School Board Work Study on MTSS, ERAC, 5:30 p.m.
May 20: School BOard Meeting, Des Moines Elementary, 6 p.m.
May 21: Superintendent Listening, Tyee campus, 6 p.m.
Check out training opportunities on the WEA website
Articles Worth A Read or View
American teachers, more demoralized than ever, are quitting in droves
5 ways new superintendent can repair damage/rally community
The 'Problem' with Veteran Teachers and the Union
HEA Retirement Social
Join us for refreshments and Hors d'Oeuvres Thursday, May 21, as we honor our retirees. The retirement social will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Cedarbrook Lodge, 18525 36th Ave. S., in Seatac. RSVP no later than May 11.
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