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November 7, 2019

In this issue…. Member Engagement, HEA Bargaining Team (applications open), Elections Calendar (nominations open), SEIU Red Shirt Rally, RUC SPARKS Retreat, HSD SEBB Support, CBA FAQ - Disrupted Learning Environments

HEA Member Engagement: Please thank your HEA Building and Program Representatives for all they are doing to support, inform, and engage you and our membership!  We each can do our part to lighten their load while building solidarity and power within our association.  How can you help?

  • Please keep your contact information up-to-date at this new site.
  • Bookmark and get to know the HEA contract.
  • Ask questions if you don’t think the contract is being followed. (More information on this next week!)
  • Attend all monthly, general and emergency HEA meetings. This helps you stay informed and saves everyone from having to repeat union information to approx.1500 members.
  • If you belong to an ESA or specialist group, make sure your HEA Reps have your personal emails and are aware of the sites where you work.

HEA’s Bargaining Team is Coming Together:
Training will be provided.  Please contact Sandy Hunt if you would like to apply for our team.  In addition to release time, you may need to be available in late June and/or August to bargain, so please keep that in mind.

  • Reappointments: Thara Cooper (Chair/MS/Secondary Electives), Richard Coker (HS/Secondary Content/DL), Richard Dunn (Elementary/Specialist), Veronica Fairchild (Secondary/EOC at Large)
  • New Bargainers: Jeb Bins (HS Content/Exec Board VP), Julie Mahieu (ESA/MS),
  • Team Openings: We continue to recruit for two bargaining members - Elementary and SpEd - preference will be given to Elementary DL experience and traditionally under-represented groups. Please email Sandy to apply for the team.

HEA Elections:
The 2019-20 HEA Elections Calendar has been adopted.  Please watch your home mail and check out this link for all the details. 

King County Labor Council Delegate Nominations Open:
Nominations are currently open for our first HEA election of the year. Your HEA Reps will be voting on our delegation to the King County Labor Council. This election will take place by secret ballot on December 2 during the Representative Council meeting (4:15-6:15 at PSSC). Nominations will close at 4:35, and candidates will have the opportunity to share their background, interests, and vision in representing HEA and for building coalitions with other labor groups in the area.

Red Shirt Rally at Highline Medical Center:
There are many opportunities to be active in the wider south King County labor movement, foremost of which is supporting our families who are members of SEIU 1199. HEA has been invited leverage our power in solidarity with their bargain:  1) Wear Red on Wednesdays, 2) Participate in our social media campaign starting next week (more info next week), and 3) join the RALLY at Highline Medical Center in lieu of our next HEA Red Shirt Social at Azteca. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 20 (5PM) at the Highline Medical Center (across from Sylvester MS).

Where there are SPARKS, there is a warm glow! 
You are invited to apply for Rainier UniServ Council’s (RUC) SPARKS Conference which starts on the evening of Friday, February 28, 2020 and continues through Sunday, March 1, 2020.  It’s an opportunity to have fun and learn with no cost to you.  All expenses -- lodging (double occupancy) at Wesley Inn Gig Harbor, mileage and meals - will be paid by RUC.  You’ll have time to get to know other teachers/specialists and other school employees, and you’ll have time to chill out.  Did we mention you will qualify for clock hours/training hours?
Interested?  Have questions?  Talk to your building rep to get an application and flyer.  If you need additional information, please call the Rainier UniServ Office at
206-246-9308 or e-mail Lori Fleck. The absolute deadline is Monday, December 16, 2019, but sooner is better!

Visit CENTRAL OFFICE on Friday, Nov 8 (10AM-6PM)!

CBA FAQ: Addressing Disrupted Learning Environments
What is the union doing to help us address Disrupted Learning Environments (i.e., Classrooms where evacuations are a regular occurrence)?

We encourage impacted teachers and HEA reps to read section 3.4 (pages 9-11) of our CBA (Contract) together. Our students and our members need healthy learning environments. Unfortunately, the union is not always informed when there is a violation or an incident.  At the November Rep Council meeting, we presented a document outlining a multi-pronged approach we have underway. We know more is needed.

If you have additional ideas to share or if this is an area you would like to work on with fellow members, please attend your 15-minute building HEA meeting to share with your reps.  You are also encouraged to contact Sandy to help organize around this critical work.

Four approaches advocating for healthy classrooms and schools are underway:

1.    Know and use contract language to maintain a safe and healthy teaching environment

  • Provide opportunities for reps and members to read the language
  • Gather questions about Discipline Language from members and leaders and share those with Executive Board Members
  • Support members in implementing contract language

2.    Understand the challenges at the micro and macro levels which means asking how are our students and teachers doing?  How well is the system doing?

  • Collect Data on Disrupted Learning in Highline
  • Use data to communicate and educate on the nature and magnitude of disruptions across the system.
  • Use data to address students’ needs

3.    Use our collective expertise to get students the help they need and deserve.

  • Educate on Discipline Policies, State Laws and Contract Language
  • Provide Professional Development that reduces Disrupted Learning
  • Provide Professional Development to Behavior Specialists & Site-based Teams
  • Use Contract Language to ensure full-implementation of a system of support for all students

4.    Identify and Work Collaboratively to Direct Resources to Address Student Needs

  • Use existing research on disrupted learning environments to identify actions and activities
  • Work with Central Office to direct appropriate resources to meet school level needs in a timely way
  • Work with Central Office to identify where resources are needed
  • Lobby and write grants for additional resources