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In this Issue: CommUnity Art Build for Public Education: April 15-17 REGISTER HERE and Place your Red for Ed T-Shirt Order 

  1. Bargaining Listening Sessions Breakout Rooms:April 12 and April 21 (see below for details)  
  2. April 11 Financial Benefits Bonanza ! Meet your VEBA and Financial Representatives, Save $, win prizes! REGISTER HERE
  3. HEA Events 
  4. Safety Concerns Reporting Form: Monitored weekly by HR/HEA 
  5. Coverage- $100/hr rate for emergency coverage during planning time continues through April 

April 1, 2022

Dear Supporter, 

Truly enjoy your spring break and, looking ahead, you can break out of your cocoon and celebrate a new spring by joining your colleagues and community at the FIRST EVER Northwest CommUnity Art Build.  What is an Art Build?

Our Art Build will bring together union siblings from Federal Way, Seattle, and other districts along with families and community to making signs, posters and banners in support of our Bargaining Teams and their efforts!  The time we spend together will also help us all align for a strong bargain that achieves the supports our students and HEA and regional educators deserve!

Drop in at your convenience at the NEW Highline High School (225 S. 152nd St.) starting Friday, April 15 and throughout the weekend (April 15 @5-9PM/ April 16 @10AM-9PM/ April 17 @ 10AM-6PM).  

Don’t worry-no artistic talent is required; there are roles for all interests and abilities, including paint by numbers parachute painting, stapling pickets and custom posters. Come for an hour or stay for the day! 

Your students, colleagues, friends and neighbors are all welcome too. It’s rejuvenating! It’s powerful!  And best of all-it’s a fun way to support our bargaining efforts!  We have all the supplies that you and your kids will need to participate.  NEA is also helping by sponsoring free, local, and delicious food truck purveyors! We just need you! 

RSVP and be a part of something historic.

We want all schools to be represented in the signs we are creating!  Dress for the weather as this is an indoor-outdoor event.  (In consideration of others, indoor masking is requested.) 

With appreciation for each of you,


P.S. Wearing an HEA T-shirt at school on Wednesdays and at an event like this is a great way to show union solidarity and support your bargaining team. Last call-please place your T-shirt order here, if you don’t already have one or need a new one. 

1. Two Bargaining Listening Sessions Remaining

Open Bargain Listening Session Breakout Rooms.  An important part of planning for the open bargain is sharing your stories with members of the bargaining team.  These sessions are for HEA members only.  If you know of someone who is not a member, please encourage them to join.  This is a great reason to do so!  Zoom link for HEA Members is here.

  • Session 2 (April 12 @ 4:10-5:10PM):  BIPOC Educators/ESAs, Central Office Specialists, Special Education/Inclusionary Practices Educators including ECE and IK.  If you are a general education teacher who co-teaches with a special educator teacher or is in the inclusionary practices pilot program, please join in.
  • Session 3 (April 21 @ 4:10-5:10PM): Elementary Classroom Teachers, Secondary Classroom Teachers, Special Programs (CTE, Dual Language, Learning Centers/ALE, Remote/Virtual Instruction)

2. April 11 Financial Benefits Bonanza on Zoom

Monday, April 11 (4:30-5:30PM), join fellow HEA members to save more and maximize your member benefits.  (And win one of several $50 gift card give-aways!) Register here and learn how to connect with discounts, access travel benefits, activate and use your VEBA account, meet your personal financial planner and insurance guide.  All because you are a member.  Spend one hour with your NEA Member Benefit specialists and starting leading your best financial life. 

Register here today! 

3. HEA Events page: Find details & links here

  • Student Behavior Survey. The new Student Behavior Support Committee needs to hear from you.  Provide your input as we work with the district to plan for building level supports and professional development.  
  • Members Benefit Bonanza and $50 Gift Card Give-Aways! (April 11 @ 4:30-5:30PM)  Learn more about the travel benefits, financial savings, insurance, VEBA and retirement benefits you are eligible to access by being an HEA member and HSD educator. Register here for your zoom link and get your questions answered. Presenters are also available to schedule individual follow up meetings with you to address your personal financial needs.
  • Bargaining Listening Session 2 (April 12 @ 4:10 PM- 5:10 PM)Zoom link here for HEA Members. 
  • Pre-retirement Seminar. (April 15 @ 4:30-7:30PM and April 16@8:30AM-3:00PM)  Join the experts on Friday evening and Saturdayto learn how to make successful retirement moves.  You have many decisions along the way that will affect your pension and your healthcare so all members are recommended to attend 2-3 times throughout their careers.  (Consider the 5/3/1 year plan-attend the session five years into teaching, at least three years before you might retire, and finally a year before you will retire.) 
  • CommUnity Art Build with Federal Way & Seattle Education Associations (Drop in on April 15 @5-9PM/ April 16 @10AM-9PM/ April 17 @ 10AM-6PM) At the NEW Highline High School.  This is an indoor/outdoor family event to build power and strengthen community connections around the open contract bargain occurring across Seattle and South King County. Come Rain or Shine. Free Food trucks!  Artists!  Print-making! Solidarity!  Families and community members welcome! Register here 
  • Bargaining Listening Session 3 (April 21 @ 4:10 PM- 5:10 PM) Zoom link here for HEA Members.


4. Use Our Safety Concerns Reporting Form

You are not alone! Share your COVID SAFETY CONCERN with your COVID CO-CAPTAIN and your building administrator, (send one email to both). If it is not resolved, report the issue to HR using the “Safety Concern Form”.  This link is actively monitored by HR and HSD to resolve member COVID SAFETY issues. Please navigate through the Frontline Central to access and complete the link.

5. Emergency Coverage During Planning Times

The $100/hour emergency coverage rate will continue for those losing your planning during the month of April.  Here are the absences and coverage rates for last week.  Many thanks to the central office and in building coverage that is being provided for our students.  Please be good to each other and to those who are guest teaching in our buildings.  Have a restful break!