July 3, 2020
In this Issue: WEA/NEA PD, Impact Bargaining, HEA Listens, Your Survey, Open Bargain Update, BSTs, Power
Two steps Forward, Not one step back! Learn how our Implicit Biases shape how we interact with our students and hold us back from achieving the types of teacher-student working relationships we all dream of having. Access this training and much, much more on the WEA PD calendar. Clock hours and excellent free training from the comfort of your own home…what’s not to love?
NEA’s Summer Justice Series Camp Session II begins next week! Join your colleagues the week of July 13-16 and August 3-6 as together we explore how to find power in our creativity and our stories, and how these practices can in turn power our movements for change.
REGISTER NOW to gain access to over 30 interactive workshops in July and August!
Each day they will have a slate of speakers and guests to help guide conversation, including:
• DJ Rich Medina, Ginny Suss of Resistance Revival Chorus and Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock discussing the role of music in the fight for justice.
• Jason Reynolds, award-winning author and National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature reimagines how we can embed our life arrangements with ideas like justice, interdependence, love and joy.
• Storytelling for change and open mic sessions featuring artists Talib Kweli, National Poetry Slam Champion Elizabeth Acevedo and Raquel Ra Brown.
• Performances by Grammy nominated artist Maimouna Youssef (aka Mumu Fresh) and DJ Miss H.E.R.
• Interactive sessions on yoga and guided relaxation, and hear from Firas Nasr, Werk for Peace, on how our bodies can be our sources of liberation and power.
Join these FREE workshops and be part of the union’s growing community of love, power, and liberation.
Impact Bargaining Update. Thank you for showing up in large numbers on short notice to the July 1st district presentation of their vision for the start of school and the opening of buildings this fall.
HPS recently requested to reschedule our impact bargaining dates from early August to July 15 and 17. We will be using a subcommittee of the bargaining team to negotiate the impact of the opening of school buildings. Additionally, special groups will be brought together to address their unique needs in a more targeted and efficient manner.
We have already collected a variety of input from members using a range of sources, including 250 HEA members who completed the WEA survey (good job!) as well as 300 of us who attended the joint listening sessions last month. And, if you enjoy social media, we are pushing out a FB page where you can also share your comments. The district thought exchange is also producing lots of ideas and trends from members and the community.
Register for Monday’s Listening Session. In response to what we are seeing and hearing, the HEA will hold a “members only” listening session. Register here for Monday, JULY 6 from 4:00-5:00.
Complete a Brief Survey Here. It would be very helpful if you took a few moments right now to complete this brief survey ahead of attending Monday or in lieu of attending. Based on interest, subgroups of members may also be brought together on subsequent dates.
HEA-HSD Open Bargain Update. In June, your bargaining team spent many hours working through more topics, including discussions about our Dual Language Joint Committee recommendations, Leaves, Teacher Leadership/Career Pathways, Special Education Joint Committee recommendations, and Equity. We have several more sessions scheduled this summer, as we continue to have several important topics to address, including Compensation and ESAs. A subgroup of this committee will also be working to address working conditions as we prepare for the 20-21 school year.
Bargaining Support Team. We continue to build our bargaining support team (BST) while we build power. Do you like being “in the know,” want to foster two-way communication within the union, or enjoy finding creative ways to flex our muscle (picture Rosie the Riveter here!)? If so, contact Contract Action Team lead and new HEA Secretary Katie Utesch to learn more about our BST.
Knowledge is Power. Please keep an eye out for updates throughout the summer through this EFocus. Check with fellow members if they are receiving theirs. Email Lori Fleck to update delivery status. And please be kind to your executive board and bargaining teams who are working hard throughout the summer. We have been sending what info we have through the EFocus newsletters.
You might also want to check out OSPI, WEA, NEA, the CDC websites for additional information, and use the Our Voice website to stay in touch with your elected representatives in Olympia. While you are at it, please join WEAPAC to support the campaigns of the pro-education/pro-union candidates our communities deserve or add to your $1 monthly contribution by making a one-time $20.20 donation for a win in 2020!