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COLA for Guest Teachers
HEA/HSD negotiated that our HEA guest teachers would receive the statewide 2.3 percent COLA as other HSD school employees are receiving. Make sure you check your paystub for accuracy.

As a reminder, guest teachers also earn additional compensation if assigned to cover a class during their plan period for that day.

VEBA Acounts for HEA
A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is a spending account you can use to cover medical care expenses and retiree premiums.

Full time educators -- Payroll deductions of $50 per month begins Nov. 30.

All full-time HEA members will have a VEBA account. VEBA will be sending information. There is nothing you need to do to open an account. HSD/VEBA coordinate together. Visit veba.org for more information.

Click here for the memo to all HEA employees.

You will receive more information on VEBA from HSD and VEBA.

TRI News for SY 2017-18
The TRI increase for HEA employees is a 9.1 percent increase. Your TRI percentage last school was 27.5 percent in addition to your base salary.  Your new TRI percentage will be 36.6 percent in addition to your base salary. If you are a less than 1.0 FTE employee, your TRI is prorated at the amount of your FTE. Remember that you received the state COLA of 2.3 percent in September/October. Please check your paystub to make sure your compensation is accurate.

SPARKS: Calling All Early Educators
If you are in the first six years of your career, we have a weekend retreat for you!

You are invited to SPARKS! It is a weekend of learning about the Association and how you can activate your membership to benefit you and your students! Nancy Shi, teacher at McMicken Heights Elementary, had this to say about her SPARKS experience.

"I had the pleasure of attending SPARKS 2016. The atmosphere was lovely, the people engaging, and the knowledge unlimited. All of the staff who hosted SPARKS were accommodating, and the information they shared enlightening. As a first-year teacher, a contract, and the process behind developing the contract, can be mind-boggling and confusing. There are always the initial questions that one may have: How many vacation/sick days do we have? How do they work? What does overload look like for different positions? The overarching question: What are my rights as a teacher?

The wonderful HEA members were able to make the process of understanding the contract much easier, scaffolding the contract and focusing on some of the most FAQs that a new staff member may have. Even though there was a plethora of information shared and was quite a bit to digest in one weekend, they were able to chunk the information and make going through the contract fun and entertaining. (Those are words I never thought I would use to describe going through a contract.)

Attending SPARKS was one of the best decisions I could have made as a first-year teacher and HEA member. I would highly recommend attending if you have the chance because what you'll leave with is so much more than you go in with."

SPARKS 2018 is Feb. 2-4, 2018. Read more here. Interested? Download application and contact Lori Fleck before Dec. 15!

WEA/NEA Representative Assemblies 2018
Candidate nominations are open through Dec. 4. Interested in learning more about our state and national organization? Consider running as a candidate for the state or national assembly. Our state and national representative assembly is where members set the direction of the state and national Association. HEA members are instrumental in moving action items to benefit our students and our members. If interested, please check in with your HEA Building Representative or email Portia Robinson for a nomination form. Voting is in January.

WEA RA DATES: April 19-21 in Spokane, Wash.
NEA RA DATES: June 30-July 5 in Minneapolis, Minn.

HEA Member Grant Applications Due Nov. 28
There are a few days left to submit a mini grant application to HEA. HEA announces Fall 2017 HEA member Grants for up to $100. We initiated member grants last spring. Apply by Nov. 28. Get details and click here to download application. 

Know Your Contract!
Send HEA the correct answer and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card at a locally owned coffee shop. 

Which of these statements about personal days is CORRECT?
A. HEA members accrue vacation days during spring break. 
B. HEA members may use 3 personal days immediately before/after Spring Break.
C. HEA members have 6 personal days in addition to sick days.
D. HEA members must use 2 personal days each year.
E. HEA members may use up to 4 personal days every year.
F. If an HEA member does not use a personal day, it is lost.
G. HEA member's use of personal leave days are deducted from accrued illness leave.
 
Send your answer to Portia Robinson in the HEA office. All correct answers will be submitted for a drawing to win!  
Nov. 20, 2017

In this Issue  


* COLA for Guest Teachers
* VEBA News
* TRI Increase for SY 17-18
* SPARKS
* WEA/NEA Delegate Elections
* HEA Member Grants
* Know Your Contract

FAQs

Q: How do we show union solidarity?
A: Wear Red Days! On Wednesdays. NEA members across the nation wear red for Public Education.

Q: Is Feb. 2 a work day?
A: For HEA members at elementary schools, Feb. 2 IS a work day. For HEA members at secondary schools, Feb. 2 IS NOT a work day.

Q: What are the CBA changes for March 9, 2018?
A: March 9 is a non-student/non-work day for elementary HEA members.  March 9 is a non-student day for secondary students but IS a WORK day for secondary HEA educators. There is NO NON-STUDENT DAY for secondary students in May.

Ed Forum

"Culturally Responsive Classroom Management"
No cost to members and 3 clock hours. Download flier.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 7
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Billy Baroo's at Foster Golf Course,
13500 Interurban Ave S., in Tukwila

HEA Committee Appointments


We need your voice and experience! We are finalizing our representation on the Joint Dual Language Leadership Team. We need high school representation on the Evaluation team. We also need special education representation on the Assessment Team. These teams make recommendations to the joint HEA/HSD Bargaining Teams. If you are interested in representing your HEA member colleagues on the Assessment or Evaluation teams, please contact Sue McCabe.


Your Contract

THE HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement is available on the HEA website.

Contact Us






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

Portia Robinson
Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340
Ext. 21

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



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