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It's Time for Solidarity
We need to come together again! At the anniversary of our HEA WALK OUT on May 21, 2015, the HEA Executive Board is calling on HEA Members to Stand in solidarity with your HEA colleagues in calling for HSD administration to prioritize employee retention to keep great teachers in Highline.

Are you concerned about the employee turnover in your school? Or across the Highline School District?

Please come to the next HSD School Board Meeting!

Date: June 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: ERAC
Wear: Red HEA T-shirt
Food at Azteca at 4:45 p.m.

Join us to communicate our collective concerns regarding the number of resignations occurring in our district. Effective June 30, more than 120 HEA colleagues will have resigned their position. That number is growing. We cannot provide the stability our students need and deserve with so many of our colleagues leaving every year. We need stability in our schools. Our students and families deserve stability in our schools. We are struggling to provide that given the number of staff resignations.

We must do better for our students and for ourselves by calling on district administration and the school board to address the factors causing so many talented educators to leave Highline.

HEA BarGAINing Update
Last August, we approved a contract for 2015-18. This spring's BarGAINing efforts are identified as mid-contract negotiations. There are annual "re-openers" as well as limited additional topics that both HEA and HSD agree to address during the years between the "full contract negotiations." Limited topics include:

  • Calendar – tentative agreement reached
  • New legislation
  • Article 12, Section 12.6. District Insurance Contribution
  • Substitute Salary Schedule
  • Article 11, Contractual Work Year for the second year of this Agreement
  • Review/Update of all current LOAs-Letters of Agreement

There are two upcoming joint bargaining sessions scheduled:
May 23 and June 8 at the HEA Office, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

HEA BarGAINing Team: Thara Cooper, Richard Dunn, Marty Shorb, Christina Smith, Elizabeth Beck and Sue McCabe

2016 NEA Representative Assembly and SOS Your elected delegates for the NEA-RA will be attending the assembly this week, July 2-7. These people will be volunteering to represent you by debating the important education issues and setting the direction of the National Education Association business agenda for the coming year. HEA Delegates include: Sandra Aguila, Tamasha Emedi, Tracey Drum, Joanne Glasgow, Amy Hepburn, Sandy Hunt, Michael McSweeney and Sue McCabe. Please thank your colleagues for donating a week of their summer to advocate on the behalf of all HEA members.

Delegates have the opportunity to attend the People's March for Public Education and Social Justice. The event is organized by a consortium of organizations with several of our local delegates leading the way!
     
We stand and march for:

  • Full, equitable funding for all public schools
  • Safe, racially just schools and communities
  • Community leadership in public school policies
  • Child-centered, culturally appropriate curriculum for all
  • No high-stakes standardized testing

For more information: http://saveourschoolsmarch.org/.

VEBA Vote Retirees and 180+ Sick Leave Cash Out 
VEBA = Voluntary Employee's Beneficiary Association. VEBA Trust offers two separate health reimbursement arrangement plan designs: the Standard HRA Plan and the Post-separation HRS Plan.

If you are retiring, HEA will hold the annual VEBA vote regarding the Post-Separation HRS Plan.

HEA members with more than 180 sick days will vote on participation in the Standard HRA Plan.
 
Watch for an email from Stephanie Steel, HEA administrative assistant, at HighlineEAAsst@washingtonea.org

What is a VEBA account?
VEBA Trust offers two separate health reimbursement arrangement plan designs: the Standard HRA Plan and the Post-separation HRS Plan. All HEA members could have the opportunity to open a VEBA account.

Education regarding VEBA will begin at the General Membership Meeting in August.

After educating members on the possible opportunity that VEBA offers, we would hold an all-membership vote to determine if HEA employees will join VEBA. The outcome of the vote would be the same results for all members.

More information to come. Visit veba.org for more information.
 
Attend HEA General Membership Meeting

Date: Aug. 29
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Mount Rainier High School
 

May 23, 2016

In this Issue ... 
  • It's Time for Solidarity
  • BarGAINing Update
  • NEA RA and SOS
  • VEBA
  • General Membership Meeting

FAQs

Q: Is there a calendar for SY 16-17?
A: There is a tentative calendar for SY 16-17 posted on the HSD website and soon to be on the HEA website.For HEA members at elementary schools, Jan. 29 is a work day. For HEA members at secondary schools, Jan. 29 is not a work day.

Q: What is the PCT schedule for SY 16-17?
A: There are no changes to the PCT schedule for SY 16-17. Educators place a high value on regular PCT that is acknowledged in the tentative calendar.

Your Contract

THE HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement will be available on the HEA website. More information is available on our website.

Contact Us






Sue McCabe
HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 26

Stephanie Steel
Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340, Ext. 21

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 25

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