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Why I am an HEA member 
"Before I joined, I knew very little of teachers' unions, and in fact, I did not necessarily hold a high opinion of them -- only because my viewpoint was shaped by the media and anecdotal information. I now realize how invaluable unions are for teachers, students and the community at large, and how public education cannot truly operate without them. I have had the luxury of witnessing a strong union in action, and how they advocate for the profession in profound ways. I would encourage all new teachers the importance of getting involved with their local union."
-- Russell Stahlke, a first-year teacher in Highline and HEA building representative.

Read his full statement.

HEA Bargaining Message
As you know, HEA and HSD Bargaining Teams did not meet in June or July. There are three dates scheduled in August: 6, 10 and 17.

In the meantime, we have good news across the state. Several rural local EAs and Districts have negotiated salary increases larger than 3.1 percent.  Some have been as high as 26 percent. Visit WEA OurVoice.

Lake Washington EA/District negotiated an overall 15 percent increase, with individual variance. Bellevue Education Association has a tentative agreement that includes a 19 percent overall salary increase, with individual variance. BEA members will be voting this week. We look forward to the additional information in their agreement after approval by BEA and BSD school board. These are the first two Puget Sound locals to pave the wave for all of us! We appreciate their leadership, courage and tenacity. Now there is positive pressure on all the Puget Sound school districts to fulfill the last piece of the McCleary decision, which is educator salaries.

We need HEA members to demonstrate our commitment to getting to a strong agreement for all educators and students. If you have questions, contact your HEA Rep/BST member. Join in the activities in August and bring your colleagues, friends and families. This opportunity will not come along again. Without your participation, we will not make the progress you desire. Let's make sure we are standing together!

In Solidarity,
HEA Executive Board and Bargaining Team

HEA General Membership Meeting -- Plan to Attend!

Date: Aug. 23
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: HHS Performing Arts Center

We hope to present a Tentative Agreement for HEA members to ratify. If we don't have a TA, we will discuss next steps. Plan to attend!

HEA August Actions

Aug. 10 -- HEA BarGAINing Rally and HEA 5K -- 7:30 a.m. at ERAC
Aug. 15 -- Appetizers at Azteca -- 5 p.m.
Aug. 15 -- HSD School Board Meeting -- 6 p.m. at ERAC
Aug. 17 -- HEA BarGAINing Rally -- 8 am. at HEA Office, 575 Andover Park West in Tukwila

Questions? Contact Sandy Hunt, Grace Whitney or Renee Agatsume

West Virginia Educators Strike

Nicole McCormick, president of the Mercer County Education Association, was a leader of the 2018 West Virginia educators strike. King County Labor Council is sponsoring an event for Nicole to share her story. HEA encourages any interested member to attend and join in the conversation.

Date: July 26
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, 15003 14th Ave. SW, Burien
Download event flier

Janus Decision -- what is it?

Many HEA members have received the postcard from the Freedom Foundation. WEA also sent everyone information to home addresses. Hopefully, the WEA postcard answered many of your questions.

As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided the Janus v. AFSCME case by ruling against the interests of working families.

Under the decision, public sector unions can no longer collect fair share fees from non-members who benefit from a locally negotiated union contract.

Excerpts from WEA President Kim Mead's statement: "The U.S. Supreme Court Janus decision is an attempt to limit the freedoms of working people like educators, firefighters and nurses to come together to fight for what we believe in. It is part of a national campaign to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions, because unions give workers a powerful voice in speaking up for themselves, their families and their communities.

"The Court decision comes at the same time hundreds of WEA local affiliates are negotiating contracts with their school districts and are working together to meet the needs of students in each community. Our freedom to negotiate a fair contract is at the core of what it means to be a union member in Washington."

Check out WEA OurVoice for more information.


July 17, 2018

In this Issue  

* Why I am an HEA member
* HEA Bargaining Message
* Plan to join August Actions
* HEA General Membership Meeting
* West Virginia Educators Strike
* Janus Decision 

2018 WEA West Side Summer Institute
Great WEA training opportunities for members! If there are spots left for this training, HEA can reimburse members for the registration fee. If you have attended a WEA training, you know about the high quality found at these trainings. Often our WEA brothers and sisters from across Washington are the instructors at these trainings (and the food is great)! Click here to see the workshops. 

If you are interested, please contact Sue McCabe or Portia Robinson. We will reply as soon as possible. 

HEA Executive Board Elections
We now have two positions open on the HEA Executive Board: Intermediate Representative (Grades 4-6) and Specialist Representative.

You will elect your representatives this fall for a two-year team of SY 2018-2020.

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

Your HEA member colleagues are representing all of us at the bargaining table. We stand united. Let's stand together on Aug. 10, 15 and 17. First-year teacher Russell Stahlke shared his testimony about how he values of his union membership. Each of us has a different perspective. It would be fantastic to share more members' perspectives. What does your union membership mean to you? Send your statement to Sue McCabe

Enjoy your summer!

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