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Today, we turned out in RED to rock the ERAC parking lot with a RED SHIRT RALLY in support of our bargaining team.  Members began arriving as early as 7:20 and at 7:45 a cheer went up as team members began arriving.  The 75 HEA members assembled then heard from President McCabe and VP Sandy Hunt.  Negotiations have been moving slowly and that the team will may need additional days to reach an agreement.  Guitar in hand, Renton EA member, Becca Ritchie joined in solidarity.

HEA Executive Board members were out in full force- Sandy Hunt (VP), Susan Andrews-Salmond (Sec), Jeb Binns (HS), Marty Shorb (MS), Natalie Flynn (Gr 4-6), Sandra Aguila (Gr K-3), Thara Cooper(Specialist), Debby Strayer (WEA Bd) and Tamasha Emedi (WEA Bd).  In addition to President McCabe, HEA members negotiating for us include Christina Smith, Richard Dunn, Shauna Pierson, Marty Shorb, Thara Cooper and WEA staff Elizabeth Beck.   Our team is working tirelessly to achieve results for HEA members.

Way To Go HEA Members – It’s Time.  It’s Time to stand up for our students.  It’s time to stand up for ourselves.  It’s time to stand in SOLIDARITY.  This RED SHIRT RALLY more than doubled the number in attendance from the previous rallies held in June! And team members were elated by the ramped up support of their colleagues.  

Our next opportunity to support our association will be on Thursday, August 27—our first annual RED SHIRT DAY KICK OFF!  Many thanks to the Bargaining Support Team (BST) and the Building Reps who helped get the word out about today’s event.  Nearly every site was represented. 

Please join our next day of action by wearing RED on August 27! For an up-to-date list of actions and events, check with your HEA building rep/ BST or visit the HEA Facebook page.

HEA BarGAINing Aug. 19, 2015 -- Update

The HEA Bargaining Team is meeting today from 8 AM –  ? PM

There is not additional progress to report based on today’s work. 

As of 6:00 pm, we are continuing to meet in negotiations. 

To repeat our message sent out on yesterday: Our HEA Bargaining Survey stated that the highest priorities for HEA members are: lowering class sizes and caseloads, increasing compensation, and decreasing administrative control over time. Additional areas that the survey showed are of concern to HEA members, and that your team is working to address, are: lack of substitute coverage, number of meetings, lack of access to functioning equipment, and the amount of time needed to complete the new PG&E (evaluation) process. We have made progress on some of these topics, but have a long way yet to go before we reach agreement on all of our issues.

Highline School District will receive approximately $15 million more in state funding in 2015-16 than they did last year. It is imperative that we ensure those funds are spent in ways that best meet the needs of Highline’s students and educators – and this is what drives our work at the bargaining table.

Join in solidarity! WEAR RED on August 27th!!

Aug. 21, 2015

In this Issue ... 
  • BST -- Bargaining Support
  • BarGAINing Update
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


Q: How can I support bargaining efforts?
A: Wear red on August 27th!!  Questions - Contact Sandy Hunt: huntsl@live.com.

Q: When is the General Membership meeting in August?
A: If a tentative agreement is reached, the HEA General Membership meeting to ratify the contract will be on Monday Aug. 31 at 4 P.M. Location: Highline Community College Pavilion (gym), 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines. Park in the south parking lot. 

Your Contract

THE HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement is available on the HEA website. There should also be a print copy in each school. More information may be found here.

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