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November 14, 2019

In this Issue….SEBB at 84%, November 20 SEIU Rally, New Board Policies, HCR Leadership Summit and more, Bargaining Openings, Update Your Contact Info

Highline School District’s SEBB Accounts.  Enrollment is at 84%.  Please reach out to your teaching partners, your cafeteria workers, your bus drivers, your office staff and see if they need help enrolling or opting out. Here is the
link to help. November 15th is the last day to enroll. Be sure to hit “confirm” and print out a “summary of coverage elections” for your records.

Support Labor in Our Community. 
Highline workers are facing a worsening crisis at our hospital, including severe understaffing that makes it extremely difficult to provide the care our patients deserve.  Highline's corporate owner CHI Franciscan is making huge profits and had $1.4 BILLION in revenue last year. CHI recently came under the control of an even bigger corporate giant, CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the country. We want to ensure that Highline is prioritizing quality care and jobs for our local community, not outsized executive pay and corporate greed.

Wear Red on Wednesdays and Join hundreds of nurses and caregivers at our "Rally & Informational Picket for Quality Healthcare at Highline on November 20 at 5:00PM! 
Over 550 nurses and caregivers at
Highline Medical Center are calling on executives to improve the quality of healthcare and jobs for our community and to bargain a contract in good faith. Bring your co-workers, family, friends, neighbors and pets so we all can stand together for quality care, good jobs and economic justice in the Highline community!

New Policies for Our Workplaces.
A number of new district policies connected to our workplace environment were introduced at the last board meeting and can previewed prior to the adoption vote at the Nov 20 board meeting. The district’s rationale for 0010 and 5000 are included below. Written comments on these policies can be made to our board members or
sign up for public comment.

Policy 0010 - Equity, Race & Identity  This is an extensive revision of the District's equity policy. The policy was last revised in March 2018…. Since that time, the district's work around equity has both expanded and deepened, and these revisions are designed to reflect that. Over time the district's equity work has coalesced into four main areas: Institutional Practices; Adult Learning on Race & Identity; Culturally Responsive Practices; and Instruction on Race & Identity. Many of the actions in those four areas were captured in the "Opportunities" section of the current (2018) version of the policy.

Policy 5000 - Workplace Environment and Culture  This policy stems from exit surveys and interviews where "workplace environment" was indicated as a leading reason, by staff, for exiting our district. A statement regarding what our district believes must be true of our workplace environment and culture (distinct from working conditions) so that staff can work to succeed in supporting and enacting our Equity Policy 0010 and strategic plan. Following conversations from the Board and Cabinet Retreat, the Highline Public Schools Leadership Forum engaged with the policy and shared great excitement, feedback, and a call to make a bold statement about our workplace environment and culture in connection to equity.

Policy 5002 - Recruitment, Selection and Retention of Staff

Policy 5010 - Nondiscrimination and Equitable Employment Practices

Policy 5011 - Sexual Harassment of District Staff Prohibited

Professional Development and Networking.
Here are some opportunities for upcoming events sponsored by your union to grow your leadership, grow in your practice, and sparkle:

  • Don’t miss this year’s WEA Human and Civil Rights Leadership Summit: 12/6/19 Seattle Airport Marriott 3201 S. 176th St., Seattle Dinner and keynote (5:00-8:00pm) & 12/7/19 (8:30-4:00pm) at Lakota Middle School 1415 SW 314th St., Federal Way.
  • APPLY FOR “SPARKS”!  Each year HEA sponsors 15-20 members who in their first six years of the profession to attend this fun and informative Rainier UniServ Council (RUC) retreat.  This year it's in Gig Harbor. Friday, February 28, 29, Mar 1, 2020. (See last week’s eFocus for more details.)
  • Teaching Equity Practicing Anti-racist Pedagogy: Save the date: 2/29/20 at Mariner High School, Everett. Follow the Pilchuck Diversity Network Facebook event page for registration details.

Bargaining 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 bargaining team.

Update your contact info for HEA at this