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In this Issue:  Labor-Management Meetings, Joint Committees, & Interest-Based Bargaining
1. Your Input is Valuable to Us:  Guest Teachers Speak!, Inclusion Survey
2. Ongoing and Upcoming Events:  Guest Teachers Meet!  Delegate Nominations Open Monday!
October 29, 2021

Dear Supporter,

Internet issues caused by surging traffic directed at our firewall have created numerous disruptions throughout Highline and in districts around the state.  A fix is underway and is slated to be complete on November 3. An email explaining this along with an attachment describing internet access work-arounds was sent out on Thursday. 

In the meantime, HEA has also formally requested the formation of a joint team to problem-solve the impact of the intermittent outages for in-person teachers.Those teaching remote classes and who work in specialized positions should speak with their administrators about what options they will have for moving to alternate locations when the Internet is down for more than 90 minutes.
HEA has also been able to press the district to get the Safety Committee up and going.  The first meeting was held today. In addition to the traditional accident prevention work, we were able to present issues related to personal safety. The work of this committee is governed by state statute and notes will be made available through collab.  Finally, on Wednesdays, Labor Management will begin problem-solving any COVID 19 safety concerns not resolved at the building level that you submit using the front-line link as per the MOU. 

Appointments to our jointly bargained committees are underway.  Your HEA Rep has information in the leadership section of their packets.  You can also look up the committees and their charges on the HEA websiteIf you are interested in learning more about bargaining or representing our members in an interest-based process on our joint teams, please attend the WEA Bargaining and Beyond Conference, details below and email me. 

Please be safe!


1.Your Input Needed

Here are some items of note.  Please reach out if you have any questions.
  • NEW! HEA’s GUEST TEACHER SURVEY.  This short survey is designed to help us identify celebrations and address the concerns of our Highline Guest Teachers.  Guest teachers, please submit your feedback by November 11th and attend the WEA Guest Teacher Meeting described below.
  • NEW! WEA EDUCATOR SURVEY.  WEA is conducting a statewide anonymous survey on special education and inclusion topics. The survey is designed to gather input from all members who work with any students enrolled in a district’s special education program.  Our joint Special Education Team would love to get a high participation rate so our member results could be used to:
    • Inform HEA’s advocacy in our Special Education Committee and Open Contract Negotiations.  
    • Inform professional support being planned by our UniServ Council.
    • Inform WEA’s statewide educator advocacy around special education issues. 
The first part of the survey is for all members and is relatively short (about 5 minutes. It is about inclusionary students' services and supports). The second part is for only those who work in special education most of the time.  Because these questions are more in-depth, please plan to spend 15 minutes.  The survey will be open from Friday, October 29, 2021 until Sunday, November 21, 2021.

2. Ongoing and Upcoming Events

  • SAFE TRUNK OR TREATING.  On Sunday, October 31st 3-6 PM our MLK King County Labor affiliates will be hosting the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat in the Teamsters parking lot (14675 Interurban Ave, Tukwila) across and up the street from Fort Dent.  There is a controlled entrance so get there early to avoid the line. Masks are required.
  • HEA REP COUNCIL MEETING.  On Monday, November 1 at 4:30pm, the rep council will meet using the zoom link sent to your home emails.  In addition to the business meeting, HEA Reps will be making recommendations to a revision of the HEA Constitution. Article II: Purposes of the HEA. Please email Katie Utesch for the link if you wish to attend.  Meetings are open to all HEA members.   
  • NEW! WEA/NEA REP ASSEMBLY DELEGATE NOMINATIONS OPEN.  At Monday’s Rep Council meeting, nominations open for HEA delegate elections to the WEA Representative Assembly (RA) to be held in Spokane (April 7-9, 2022 and April 13-15, 2023) and, if it is held remotely, to the NEA RA (if remote July 2-6, 2022) and in Orlando the following year (July 2-6. 2023).  Attend your HEA building meetings to get more information.  You can also email me if you would like to nominate yourself.  Nominations for delegates close on January 10.
  • VOTE.  Please vote by Nov 2nd.  WEA’s OurVoice makes it easy to find pro-education, pro-union candidates in your local races wherever you live.  

    • Highline School Board:  Jennifer Fichamba (Tukwila Educator/WEA Member)
    • Burien City Council:  Hugo Garcia (WC Community Leader), Jimmy Matta (Mayor & small business owner), Sarah Moore (science and non-profit leadership), Krystal Marx (Incumbent, non-profit leader)
    • Des Moines City Council:  Soleil Lewis (Bellevue Educator), Gene Achziger (retired Journalist and former Highline College Educator)
    • SeaTac City Council:  Mohamed Egal (Social Worker), Iris Guzman (HEA Social Worker), Jake Simpson (Union Organizer)
  • HEA COVID CO-CAPTAIN UPCOMING POP-INS.  HEA CCCs have requested regular sessions to address concerns.  Pop in anytime Wednesday, November 10 (7:15-8:00AM) or (4:00-5:00PM). CCCs - check your school email for the Zoom link. If you need release from a principal-directed meeting to attend, email Sandy. 
  • NEW! GUEST TEACHER WEA Meeting.  Thursday, November 11 10:00-11:00 a.m. Register here to receive the zoom link. 
    • Meet fellow Guest Teachers from around the Puget Sound
    • Dig into the Mutual Benefits of Belonging
    • Share your Insights into Safety at the Schools where you substitute teach
  • NEW! BARGAINING AND BEYOND CONFERENCE.  Saturday, November 20 (9:45AM-2:15PM).  This is an opportunity to develop strategies to engage your colleagues and communities to implement educator-led solutions that work for our students and our schools. The Keynote Speaker will be Elise Bryant, Labor Leader and Educator. This is open to all members.  Register using this link.