Mark your calendars and get ready to make some noise!

From: Lacey Unseth [WA] [mailto:LUnseth@WashingtonEA.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2015 4:25 PM
Subject: Mark your calendars and get ready to make some noise!

Mark your calendars and get ready to make some noise!

Little in the district’s actions so far suggests that Supt. Saundra Hill is serious about finding a contractual resolution to our concerns over inadequate curriculum, supplies and materials, over-crowded classes, disparate and unprofessional administration practices, or our need for professional pay and continued quality medical insurance.

PAE members need to help our superintendent and the district bargaining team understand that these issues are important to us, they matter to our students and their families, and they need to be resolved as part of our negotiations to begin a new school year.

So, please mark your calendars, give a little of your time, and stand up to make some noise so that the district understands they need to come to prepared to bargain, not to just once again say, “No!”

* Monday July 20: 8:15 a.m.. Support our Bargaining Team as they begin a new week of negotiations! Wear your red shirts and join other members at the Booth Building parking lot (1215 W. Lewis St.) on Monday, and again Wednesday.

* Tuesday July 21: (Tentatively 4-6 p.m.) Grievance Hearing presentation to School Board at Booth. Only PAE members can attend (not students/parents). District administrators have denied/missed timelines on a number of PAE

grievances: 6th grade transfer, SBAC impacts, lack of curriculum, etc. This is a presentation to the board by Greg Olson and PAE UniServ Rep. Steve Lindholm. Members cannot speak at this meeting, but we can remind the district we

are united and these grievances affect all PAE members. Wear red.

* Wednesday, July 22: 8:15 a.m.. Same plan as Monday to support our Bargaining Team, but let’s get some new faces out there! If you can’t make it Monday, then help support the cause on Wednesday. If you were there on Monday,

convince a friend or colleague to replace you, or show your support again. We’re asking you to be there for 30 to 45 minutes … (Just remember, the Bargaining Team gets to be there all day, and sometimes late into the night!)

* Tuesday, July 28: 6:30 p.m., Pasco School Board Meeting: We need to show the district we are united and committed to achieving a fair contract. Our teaching environment is our students learning environment. Wear red.

* Tuesday Aug. 11: (tentative 7 p.m. start, location to be announced.) Community Budget Forum sponsored by PAE. Pasco’s taxpayers sacrifice to support our schools, and yet our superintendent refuses to spend tens of millions of those

dollars on teachers or students. This forum will help the public understand in depth how their money is being needlessly hoarded, questionable spending practices by our administrators, and how new spending priorities will give our

students the chance for more successful futures.

* Wednesday, Aug. 12: 6 p.m. General Membership Meeting. It’s critical that all PAE members attend our Aug. 12 general membership meeting at 1328 N. Road 28, in Pasco, (a meeting hall generously offered by our union brothers and

sisters in Steamfitters Local 598). We’ll update you on negotiations, and we should have a good indication of whether a contract resolution is in sight. PAE’s leadership team will discuss what next steps PAE members might take, up to

and including a possible strike vote if our contract issues remain unresolved. Please mark your calendars for this very important meeting!

* Monday Aug. 31: (6 p.m. tentative start, location to be announced). General Membership Meeting. Our current contract expires at midnight on Aug. 31st. This is will be our final meeting to determine whether we are ratifying a new

contract that has been tentatively agreed upon by our bargaining team, or finalizing action plans the night before school had been scheduled to begin.

This is not a comprehensive list of events between now and Aug. 31. We expect more activities will be added, including informational picketing and possible protest actions as PAE members begin returning to their schools in preparation for school this fall. Stay tuned for more updates.

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