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HEA Member Grants -- Deadline extended to Dec. 4 
Fall 2018 HEA individual member grants for up to $150. We have received close to 20 grant proposals. We hope to approve more than 20! Please read the guideline/application form carefully. Grants exceeding $150 will not be awarded. Grants are not awarded for expenditures that should be provided by HSD. Apply by Dec. 4. Click here for more information and click here for an application sample. Click here to download application.

HEA Special Election
There are two positions on the HEA Executive Board that are open for nominations.

  • Specialist Representative -- 1-year term, school year 2018-19
  • Intermediate (grades 4-6) Representative -- 2-year term, school year 2018-2020

Candidate nominations are open through Dec. 3. If interested, please check in with your HEA Building Representative or email Portia Robinson for a nomination form. Electronic voiting will be held Jan 7-11, 2019, by home email only.

WEA/NEA Representative Assemblies 2019
Candidate nominations are open through Dec. 3.

Interested in advocating within our state or national Association? We need your voice! There are 14 positions for WEA RA and 3 to 5 positions for NEA RA. Consider running as a delegate for the state or national assembly. Our state and national assembly is where members set the direction of the state and national Association. If interested, please check in with your HEA Building Representative or email Portia Robinson for a nomination form. Electronic voting will be held Jan. 7-11, 2019, by home email only.
WEA RA Dates: April 25-27 in Spokane
NEA RA Dates: July 2–7 in Houston, Texas

SPARKS - Calling ALL Early Educators!
If you are in the first six years of your career, we have a weekend retreat for you!

You are invited to SPARKS! It is a weekend of learning about the Association and how you can activate your membership to benefit you and your students!

SPARKS 2018 is March 1-3 2019. Interested? Here is the informational flyer and the application. Contact Lori Fleck by Dec. 17.

WEA Human & Civil Rights Conference
The annual WEA HCR Leadership Training Conference will be held at Mt. Rainier High School! This conference includes dinner and discussion on Friday, Dec. 7, at WEA Headquarters, with all training and the keynote speaker on Saturday, Dec. 8, at our own Mt. Rainier High School. HEA will sponsor up to 30 members to attend! This conference is open to all WEA members to Rise Up as WEA leaders and leaders of color in our union. If interested in HEA sponsorship, contact Portia Robinson.

Are You a WEA-PAC Member?
All HEA members are invited to join WEA-PAC. We did not choose to be educators to be political. However, our jobs ARE political and we need lawmakers who understand the needs of our students and our needs as professionals! WEA-PAC is the Washington Education Association's political action committee. For the first time in recent history, WEA-PAC membership surpassed 40,000 members! That makes WEA-PAC the largest political action committee in the state.

WEA-PAC recommends and elects pro-student, pro-union candidates -- regardless of party affiliation. Candidates complete a written questionnaire and participate in an interview with WEA-PAC members. Based on the questionnaire and interview, WEA-PAC members make a recommendation.

Together, we can help pro-education candidates win the elected offices that affect our work and help our students. Click here to learn more. 

Know Your Contract!
Winner of the last E-Focus quiz question is Stacie Kang! Correct answers are E and H.

  • E. HEA members have a total of 4 days to code as personal over the length of this CBA.
  • H. HEA member's use of personal leave days are deducted from accrued illness leave.

Read Article 14 of our CBA to be fully informed of your leave benefits.

Below is this issue's contract question. Send HEA the correct answer and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $10 coffee card.

Which of these statements about your individual contract is CORRECT?

A. When HSD issues individual contracts, you need to sign and return within 5 days of date of issuance. 
B. When HSD issues individual contracts, you need to sign and return within 14 calendar days of date of issuance.
C. When HSD issues individual contracts, you need to sign in August prior to the new school year.
D. If you do not sign your contract by the deadline, HSD considers this a resignation from your position with HSD.
E. If you sign your individual contract in May and find a different job in another school district in July, HSD will approve your verbal or written resignation without question.

Send your answers to Portia Robinson in the HEA office. All correct answers will be submitted for a drawing to win!


Nov. 19, 2018

In this Issue  

* HEA Member Grants
* HEA Executive Board Special Election
* WEA/NEA RA Delegate Elections
* HCR Conference
* Know Your Contract

We are HEA!

HEA Contract
Our new CBA is on the HSD website. Hard copies are at the printer and HEA Reps will receive their copy at the Dec. 3 Rep Council meeting.

WEA Board Elections
We are electing a new WEA Board Director for Rainier UniServ Council. Electronic voting begins on Dec. 3. Check your home email for your ballot!

Member Engagement Grants
Have an idea to strengthen union membership in your building and/or across our local? Apply for funding from Rainier UniServ to implement your ideas in our local!

Let's continue to build our collective strength. We Are HEA! Download application.

Pre-Retirement Seminar
There is still room for HEA members who are planning for retirement. That would be all of us! Contact Lori Fleck, if interested in attending. Click here for application

On the Web
Visit our HEA website. Direct URL is www.highlineea.org.

Note: The HEA website will be under construction in December.

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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