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Red Shirt Rally TOMORROW
Friday, Aug. 21 at ERAC, 7:30 AM

Contact Sandy Hunt for more information! SEE YOU THERE!

HEA BarGAINing Aug. 19, 2015 -- Update

The HEA Bargaining Team is meeting on Thursday and Friday from
8 A.M. to 7 P.M.

Your HEA Bargaining Team has made progress to improve HEA member voice on:
Curriculum Adoption, Professional Growth & Evaluation, Conferences and Grievance Procedures and multiple smaller contractual issues.  

To repeat our message sent out on Tuesday: 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.

Class Size
Highline schools qualify for significant additional funds from the state to reduce class size in grades K-3. HEA/HSD joint team will begin to discuss class size on Thursday and Friday.  

As a state association, our member WEA Board has endorsed 5% per year increases in compensation for all WEA members above any state salary COLA decisions. HEA/HSD are in discussions regarding competitive compensation this week. HSD recognizes the regional differences in compensation for our members and how that may influence employment decisions. Your HEA team remains optimistic that HSD is interested in leveraging compensation to address our members’ economic concerns.  

Conversations regarding our control over time will continue this week. As listed above, control over time is a high priority for HEA members. Our HEA team is advocating for increased professional voice in decisions about use of time.  

We are committed to pushing hard and putting in whatever bargaining time is necessary to bring our members the best agreement possible.
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 the Bargaining Support efforts this Friday, 7:30-8:30 AM at ERAC. Wear RED!

Aug. 20, 2015

In this Issue ... 
  • BST -- Bargaining Support
  • BarGAINing Update
  • August 2015 Bargaining Dates:

    Thursday, Aug. 20
    HEA Office
    Friday, Aug. 21 
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: Show up at ERAC at 7:30 A.M. in your HEA RED SHIRT on Aug. 21 to support your HEA Bargaining Team. Posters welcome. Contact BST Lead, Sandy Hunt for details.

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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