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HEA BarGAINing 2018-19
Negotiations between HEA and HPS began on Feb. 22. We have sent out a few calendar updates that include the first day of school and the major breaks during the school year. The current dates scheduled for the Joint HEA-HSD Bargaining Teams are: April 23 and 30, May 4 and 23, Aug. 6, 10 and 17.

Gov. Inslee signed the McCleary Bill -- E2SSB 6362 -- on Tuesday, March 27. Locals all over the state will be bargaining new salary schedules. HEA member engagement will determine our success at the bargaining table.

Because of our HEA collective efforts, we made significant progress in compensation for all HEA members in our 2015-18 contract. Our HEA Bargaining Team negotiated salary increases between 15.6 and 20.5 percent, depending on your placement on the salary schedule, in addition to progress on other issues. Our state Supreme Court ordered our Legislature to complete the final phase of the McCleary decision -- educator salary. Look for opportunities to support and continue our forward momentum. 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.

2018-19 BarGAINing Support Team
Grace Whitney and Sandy Hunt are leading our BarGAINing Support Team. We had 100 HEA members join the BarGAINing Rally on Wednesday, March 28. Most also joined the HEA Social at Azteca immediately afterward.

You can join the HEA Red Alert Rallies. Check in with your BST and/or Rep for current BST plans. Planning meeting on April 17 at 4:15-5:45 p.m. at the HEA Office.

How can YOU support BarGAINing?
Support from YOU, HEA members:

1. Complete the bargaining survey that was released on April 5.
2. 100 percent in Red on Wednesdays. Snap a photo and share!
3. Help us collect information on how much money each have spent on our students/classroom this year.
4. Sign up to attend Red Alert Rallies on April 23 and/or April 30. See flier for details and learn more from the calendar of events.
5. Use this HEA Calendar link to stay on top of things all spring and summer long including important School Board Meetings to attend.

2018 Spring HEA Member Grants
HEA announces Spring 2018 HEA Member Grants. These grants are for up to $150 for up to 50 HEA members. We initiated member grants last spring. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Apply by May 4. Review guidelines and download application.

WEA Teaching Equity Conference
This is a great professional development opportunity for you! HEA invites you to participate in the 10th Annual WEA Teaching Equity Conference on April 28 at Highline College. HEA will sponsor up to 175 HEA members interested in attending this high-quality conference. Register here and choose your workshop sessions. When you get to the payment page, you may skip it. HEA will pay WEA directly for the members who attend.

Happy Spring Break!

HEA Members:

I hope you take the time to refresh and rejuvenate yourself over spring break. The end of the school year will be upon us.

Communications about contract issuance will be coming shortly after break.

Please think about how our classrooms are connected to actions in Olympia and Washington, D.C. and our individual roles in upholding the promise of public education.

Now is the time to stand up in support of the 1.1 million students in the state of Washington. What are we as HEA members willing to do? For our students? For our colleagues? For ourselves? WEA members across the state will be debating many ideas at the WEA Representative Assembly on April 19-21 in Spokane. We will continue to experience attacks on public education and attacks on our union. I hope that we will all think about various ways that we can step up as individuals and as a collective to protect the right of public education.

Stay tuned for more updates after break.
Sue McCabe

April 9, 2018

In this Issue  

* 2018-19 HEA BarGAINing 
* 2018-19 BarGAINing Support Team
* Spring 2018 HEA Member Grants
* 10th Annual Teaching Equity Conference


Q: Who directs my individual planning time?
A: You, as an individual, direct your planning time. If you are asked to meet during your planning time, it is your professional decision to accept or decline a meeting during planning time.

Wear RED Wednesdays
Educators across the nation are wearing RED. Our BST and Rep Teams are working hard to encourage HEA members to wear red every Wednesday. Get together, take a picture and send to the HEA office. Pictured above, Des Moines Elementary in red!

Dates to Note

April 17: BST Planning Meeting
April 19-21: HEA Delegation at WEA RA
April 23-27: HEA Eboard elections 
April 23: Red Alert HEA Bargaining Rally ERAC at 3:55 p.m.
April 30: Red Alert HEA Bargaining Rally ERAC at 3:55 p.m.
May 4: Red Alert HEA Bargaining Rally at the HEA Office followed by an HEA Social

On the Web
Visit our HEA website. Direct 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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