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HEA BarGAINing 2018-19
Negotiations between HEA and HPS will begin on Feb. 22. Local bargaining is vital due to the sweeping legislative changes scheduled to be implemented over the next several years. Because of our HEA collective efforts, we made significant progress for all HEA members in our 2015-18 contract. As we enter into the next TWO BarGAINing seasons, continued engagement and activism are essential in order to continue our forward momentum. Our Legislature is continuing to work on fulfilling the McCleary decision to fully fund public education in Washington. Our need to bargain hard to direct resources to improve compensation, educator workload and improve the learning environment for students has shifted to the local level to a greater degree than in the past 20 years. All HEA members are essential in improving working conditions and students' learning conditions.

Your HEA bargaining team members are: Larcy Amorelle -- ESA/Multiple Schools, Thara Cooper- Parkside, Richard Coker -- Evergreen High School, Richard Dunn -- New Teacher Mentor, Veronica Fairchild -- Mount Rainier High School, Marty Shorb -- Sylvester Middle School, Christina Smith -- Beverly Park Elementary, Elizabeth Beck -- WEA UniServ Representative, and Sue McCabe -- HEA President.

Take a moment to meet your bargaining team.

2018-19 BarGAINing Support Team
Concluding a successful negotiations depend on the active involvement of all members. Our previous success was also a result of our BarGAINing Support Team! For 2018-19, Sandy Hunt and Grace Whitney are leading our Bargaining Support Team (BST). Our BST will consist of representatives from every work site and specialist group. The BST will initially build two-way channels of communication between the bargaining team and every member of HEA. During the course of negotiations this channel will be used to gather information from our members, provide status updates to members, and mobilize members to take action in support of our bargaining team and the negotiations process. Should negotiations reach an impasse, the BST will help plan and implement necessary job actions.

Your HEA representatives are currently seeking at least one BST member from your work site. If you are passionate about improving working conditions for members at your site or education specialist position, please talk to your HEA Rep or contact Grace Whitney or Sandy Hunt using your home email. A specific list of responsibilities for this position will be available from your HEA Rep or can be emailed to your home email.

How Can YOU Support BarGAINing?
Support from YOU, HEA members:

1. Provide HEA Reps/BST with home emails and phone numbers.
2. Attend your HEA Building Meetings. 
3. Read Focus articles and Bargaining Updates sent to home emails.
4. Attend bargaining listening sessions. 
5. Complete the bargaining survey.
6. Participate in bargaining support activities.
7. Attend HPS School Board Meetings.
8. Attend HEA General Membership Meetings.

HEA BarGAINing Listening Sessions
Feb. 28
ERAC South Classroom -- 4-5:30 p.m.
White Center Heights -- 4:30-6 p.m.

March 13
MRHS -- 3:30-5 p.m.
Evergreen HS -- 3:30–5 p.m.
Cedarhurst Elementary -- 4-5:30 p.m.

2018 Legislative Session
Our WEA Unity Agenda includes for the legislative session includes: 

United for higher education employees
  • Full and equal collective bargaining rights 
United for K-12 classified and certificated employees
  • Fix the flawed 2017 education funding plan
United for aspiring educators 
  • Approve student loan forgiveness
United for retired educators 
  • Restore Cost-of- living for Plan 1 retirees
United for our students 
  • Support the right of all students to a quality public education, regardless of family background or immigration status, including safe schools legislation and protecting financial aid for undocumented students.
We are committed to fulfilling our state's paramount duty. The Washington Constitution is clear:

"Every student has the right to an amply funded quality public education, regardless of “race, color, caste or sex."

We need YOUR help to make sure our lawmakers address the needs of education! The legislative session is in progress. Check out https://www.washingtonea.org/ourvoice/  for updates and information on where our lawmakers are taking education this session.

Pay close attention 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. We need legislators that will truly make decisions that make sense for our students and for us! Download WEA-PAC form. You can fill it out and send it to the HEA office via your building representative.  

Feb. 16, 2018

In this Issue  

* 2018-19 HEA BarGAINing 
* 2018-19 BarGAINing Support Team
* Your Support for the BarGAIN
* 2018 Legislative Session


Q: I am a first-year teacher in SY 2017-18. How many personal days do I have?
A: Our personal days are sick days that can be used for personal reasons. you have up to 6 per contract. Our current contract is 2015-18. If you are a first-year teacher, you can use up to 6 days for personal reasons during this contract. If you do not use any personal days, they remain in your sick day balance. You do not lose these days.

Q: What happens with personal days next year?
A: Attend the next HEA General Membership Meeting and get that clarified. At this time, we do not know the length of our next contract.

Dates to Note

Feb. 21: School Board Meeting -- support your classified staff in adovcating for more nurses
Feb. 22: Special Education Feedback -- HHS, 3:15-5:15 p.m.
Feb. 26: CORE 24/Secondary scheduling meeting -- ERAC. 6-8 p.m. 
March 1: Special Education Feedback -- HHS, 3:15-5:15 p.m.
March 5: HEA Rep council/BST Planning
March 6: Special Education Feedback -- HHS, 3:15-5:15 p.m.
March 7: HSD School Board Meeting -- ERAC, 6 p.m.
NBCT Honors
March 9: Non student day for all students/non work day for elementary; it is a work day for secondary
March 21: HSD School Board Meeting -- ERAC


Your Contract
The HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement is available on the HEA website. Website URL is www.highlineea.org.

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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