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In this issue…. Union Leadership, Rep. Council Elections, CBA FAQs

August 21st may have felt like the first day of school for the HEA Executive Board (see italicized names below). Our new board came together for a full day of planning, learning, and even rallying in red - we joined fellow members from the Seattle EA who are still negotiating their contract. HEA did not have an open contract, but we did receive an inflationary adjustment of 2%, and we will have a new benefits package under the SEBB beginning in January. See last week’s newsletter for links. This coming school year we will have an open contract, so be sure to purchase some "redwear" during the back-to-school sales and talk to your HEA Reps about joining the Bargaining Support Team (BST).

Part of this year’s excitement comes from welcoming Glacier MS as our newest school in the district. They will be electing HEA Reps for the first time!  In the meantime, they are being served by our amazingly energetic HEA Secretary, Thara Cooper and our extremely knowledgeable Rainier UniServ Council (RUC) WEAPAC Chair, Leslie Sokolik. 

We are also celebrating the opening of the new Des Moines Elementary building. One of the association reps there is Kevin Garber, who co-chairs HEA’s WEAPAC Team along with Amy Hepburn (Mount View ES). Kevin also was elected to the Rainier UniServ Council (RUC) Board, along with Tamasha Emedi (Hazel Valley ES), Julie Kastien (Sylvester MS), and Rupika Madhaven (Tyee HS). As a WEA Board Director, Debby Strayer serves on both the RUC Board and the HEA Executive Board.

Jeb Binns (HEA Vice President and NEA/WEA Board Director) is the RUC Board President, and, along with Shannon Dowdy (Secondary Rep), made the temporary move with Highline High School to the Olympic View site. Sandra Aguila (Madrona ES) is a returning Elementary Rep, and there are three new members of the Executive Board:  Elementary Rep Brandice Tranholt (McMicken ES), Seconday Rep Christian Tautua (Cascade MS) and Specialist Rep Jeff Stein (Evergreen HS).  Please thank them when you have the chance, as these are all volunteers working side-by-side with you to improve our professional lives and our students’ learning conditions. To meet this year’s Executive Board, check out the new HEA website and look for photos of the SEA rally on our Facebook page!

Sandy Hunt, HEA President

Representative Council Elections

Election of HEA Building/Program Reps is governed by the HEA By-Laws. Please check out Article 5, Section 2 of the by-laws for Building/Program Representative election procedures. For this school year, all elections should be completed and reported to the HEA office by the end of the work day on September 6th. The first Representative Council meeting of the 2019-20 school year is on Monday, September 16th at PSSC. Future meetings are generally on the first Monday of each month, and details can be found on the HEA website's Events calendar.

CBA FAQs - District Initiative Days
Q - What happens if I miss a DID (District Initiative Day)?
A - HEA members are contracted to work three District Initiative Days (DIDs) as part of our base contract. See Section 11.2 of the CBA. If you need to miss a DID, you should use the appropriate type of leave - for example: Sick Leave (Section 14.1), Personal Leave (Section 14.8), or Emergency Leave (Section 14.7).

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