Support our team Friday morning at 8:30

Johanna and I attended this. I think I need to create a bargaining scorecard to track issues.

From: Lacey Unseth [WA] [mailto:LUnseth@WashingtonEA.org]
Sent: Monday, July 6, 2015 2:47 PM
To: Lacey Unseth [WA] <LUnseth@WashingtonEA.org>
Subject: Support our team Friday morning at 8:30

This Friday, show you care about fair pay, real insurance, and real curriculum.

The district has continued to send signs in negotiations that it doesn’t understand Pasco’s teachers share real issues that need real solutions. So on Friday morning, we need you to help administrators realize there are standards they, too, are expected to meet.

We’re asking PAE members to support PAE’s Bargaining Team, arriving by 8:30 a.m. for 15 minutes outside the PSD Booth administration building (1215 W. Lewis St.) Wear red. Show up a few minutes earlier to make a sign with your message (we’ll provide supplies), either reminding the district’s bargainers that our issues are important to you, or simply to voice your support for PAE’s team.

Despite unspent reserve funds exceeding $30 million, the district so far has rejected a majority of PAE’s bargaining proposals and even responded with take-backs. Most critically, the district wants to deny PAE members a voice in selecting our insurance provider. The district suggests the carrier they choose for us will be Asuris.

Although the district refuses to recognize our issues, PAE has not backed away from its proposals, which include:

* An 11.2 percent pay increase for teachers, matching the salary increase given to state legislators.

* Increasing the individual insurance allotment from $70 to $100 per FTE, plus increasing the district contribution to our insurance pool.

* Additional pay when teachers are “voluntold” to fill in for missing substitutes during planning time.

* Converting time-sheeted Tier Days to “deemed-done” days so our pay recognizes the extra work we do but eliminates the

paperwork hassles.

* Clear, consistent student discipline procedures that are supported and enforced by administrators so that classroom learning isn’t

continually disrupted.

* Additional planning time for elementary teachers.

* Lowering class sizes by two students per classrooms, and lower daily maximums for PE and other specialists to match daily limits for other

classes.

* Fixes for special-ed caseload language to reduce huge disparities that have arisen under the district’s current contract interpretations.

* Changes to selecting department heads, with leaders being elected by building staff instead of hand-picked by the administrator, plus the

creation of department-heads for other grade levels beyond high schools.

If these and other contract issues matter, show your support by joining us briefly at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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