Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bargaining Update: May 9, 2016

Here is what we are seeking in these negotiations. 
Help us make it possible.

With your active participation in our contract negotiation efforts, we intend to make progress on:

  • Safe schools, with students focused on learning.
  • Appropriate staffing levels, class sizes, and composition to meet our students’ needs.
  • Real District support to enable us to meet the needs of our students.
  • Adequate support from trained and appropriately compensated Educational Support Professionals so we can meet the needs of our students all day and every day.
  • Qualified substitutes for our schools when needed, so our students are not short-changed.
  • Compensation that reflects our education, responsibilities, and the complexity of our work, so that we can choose to live in our community, pay off our student loans, fairly contribute to our families’ budgets, and attract and retain the best educators for our students.
  • Minimize non-instructional requirements and use of our time (paperwork, unnecessary meetings, technological impediments, etc.) so we can focus on teaching our students.
  • Minimize District-required testing, so we can focus on student instruction.
  • A respected voice in shaping our instruction, schools, District, and profession.

Be There!
Contract or Action Vote Meeting 
Wednesday, June 8th
Inglemoor HS Gym
4:15 pm (doors open at 3:30)

Every Northshore educator—Certs and ESPs—must be at NSEA’s Contract or Action Vote meeting on Wednesday, June 8, unless they are sick. We will either vote on our new contracts OR we will vote on what action to take. If you are not there, it signifies to the administration and your bargaining team that you are fine with how things are. Vote to shape your future. No proxy votes. Please plan to carpool. This meeting is open to certificated and ESP members only.


Stay In The Loop
Be the first to know what is going on with contract negotiations.
  • On the web: northshoreea.blogspot.com 
  • Like us on facebook: facebook.com/northshoreea
  • Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/NSEABargaining
  • Get updates on your phone: Text the word NSEA to 41411 to get text updates. Text messaging rates may apply.
  • Email: Bargaining updates are sent to your HOME email address. If you are not getting our messages at home account, check your spam/junk folders and your Promotions folder if you use gmail. Still nothing? Contact Lydia King (lking@washingtonea.org) 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bargaining Update: May 3, 2016

Northshore Administration Tries to Divide Educators and Schools

Last week, in two negotiation sessions for our Certificated contract, the administration replied "No" to our request to bargain both NSEA contracts (Certificated and ESP-Educational Support Professionals) together in joint negotiations. This is disappointing and appalling, but their efforts to divide us will not succeed.

WE WILL NOT BE DIVIDED

We work together as an educational team in our schools every day. We asked for joint negotiations to best address many common educational issues together with a "big picture" view (e.g. paraeducator hours and staffing levels). Both contracts are being negotiated right now, with the ESP contract still unresolved after one year of negotiations (bargaining began in April, 2015). The Administration presses to continue the low pay/few hours/temp job system for ESPs that saves the District money, but is at the expense of our students, our teachers, and schools who must heavily rely on under paid, part time, and temporary staff who too often must leave for better jobs.

Jeff Sherwood, the Executive Director of Human Resources is the key District decision-maker on labor-relations and bargaining for all NSD employees. We hope he reconsiders and recognizes that dividing educators is not a way to improve our schools, and it's not going to work. We will not be divided.

"DIVIDE AND CONQUER" IS BAD FOR NORTHSHORE

Bargaining together for the two contracts would be far more likely to result in a better outcome for staff, students, and the administration. It would respect the desire and vote of Certs and ESPs to be a team, as evidenced by a 93% Cert vote and 98% ESP vote to merge as NSEA. Equally important, bargaining jointly would be much more efficient in getting an agreement by our June 8th meeting, and is the best way to avoid a delay in the opening of school. We will not be divided.

This is the norm where a union local includes more than one bargaining group. Even Boeing (generally not considered a pro-union/pro-employee company) negotiates together with its engineers and its technical employees for their separate contracts. They are both part of one local: SPEEA Local 2001, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. It is the norm in hospitals, hotels, and most of the economy where one union local includes multiple groups.

It is also the norm in every WEA local that includes teachers and support professionals: Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Tukwila, Mercer Island, and Federal Way. Unity is one of our core values-unity with each other and with our students and schools. We build unity in our classes. Administrators who ignore this don't understand education or educators. We will not be divided.

BARGAINING CONTINUES

On Tuesday and Thursday last week, we heard the administration's responses to our Certificated proposals. Mostly we heard them explain why their current answer is "no", but we expect that to change with your support. NSEA's librarians and members from Kokanee buoyed our spirits by bringing us food, flowers, and supportive posters on each day of bargaining. Yesterday, the ESP and Certificated Bargaining Teams and Exec Board leaders met together to discuss how we will coordinate our efforts. We have requested meetings to continue ESP negotiations.

How to Help Achieve The Improvements We Need


  1. Be at the Contract or Action Vote meeting on Wednesday, June 8th at 4:15 pm at Inglemoor High School, unless you are sick.
  2. Be at your school's short NSEA meetings.
  3. Read your home emails from us and wear RED on designated days to show your support (you'll be getting your t-shirts soon!)
  4. Text the word NSEA to 41411 to get bargaining updates.
  5. Like us on facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  6. Read our last newsletter for our bargaining goals. 




Friday, April 29, 2016

Website Maintenance

FYI: some links on this site may not be functional at this time due to website maintenance. If you are unable to access something you need immediately, please contact Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Are We Seeking for in Negotiations?

Here is what we are seeking in these negotiations. Help us make it possible.

With your active participation in our contract negotiation efforts, we intend to make progress on the following:

  • Safe schools, with students focused on learning.
  • Appropriate staffing levels, class sizes, and composition to meet our students’ needs.
  • Real District support to enable us to meet the needs of our students.
  • Adequate support from trained and appropriately compensated Educational Support Professionals so we can meet the needs of our students all day and every day.
  • Qualified substitutes for our schools when needed, so our students are not short-changed.
  • Compensation that reflects our education, responsibilities, and the complexity of our work, so that we can choose to live in our community, pay off our student loans, fairly contribute to our families’ budgets, and attract and retain the best educators for our students.
  • Minimize non-instructional requirements and use of our time (paperwork, unnecessary meetings, technological impediments, etc.) so we can focus on teaching our students.
  • Minimize District-required testing, so we can focus on student instruction.
  • A respected voice in shaping our instruction, schools, District, and profession.


We Educate Northshore! One Union and One Family!

Northshore’s 1,300 Certificated staff and 500 Educational Support Professionals (ESPs) are now part of NSEA!  On Monday, April 18th, NSEA’s Building Reps voted unanimously to formalize the merger by approving the new NSEA Bylaws. On Tuesday, NESPA’s Board did the same. Certificated staff had voted earlier on the merger framework by a vote of 90%, and ESPs with 98%. 

We are all now members of one union, to serve our students and shape our schools and work together.

We Educate Northshore!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Save the Date!

NSEA Contact Vote or Action Meeting
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
4:15 pm

Please plan to carpool!

More details coming soon. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Revisions to NSEA Bylaws

In February, the NSEA membership voted 90%, and the NESPA membership voted 98% to approve the Merger Framework that had been recommended by our NSEA Building Reps and Executive Board, and the NESPA Board.

Now, using this approved Framework as our guide, we have drafted revised NSEA Bylaws, the governing document that defines how our union works in the broadest terms.  The existing NSEA Bylaws were reviewed and revised by NSEA members Amy Dussault (Northshore JH) and Barbara Stratton (Inglemoor HS), NESPA members Robbi Reed (Woodmoor Elem) and Mark Eaton (Canyon Park JH), NSEA President Tim Brittell, WEA Staffperson Kraig Peck, and NSEA Executive Assistant Lydia King. These were presented to our NSEA Executive Board on March 7th, and our Executive Board has recommended them for approval by our NSEA Rep Council (Building Reps—BRs).  

Under the NSEA Bylaws, our elected Building Reps modify and approve any Bylaws changes. This requires two meetings—a first reading and discussion, and a second meeting to discuss and vote. Thus, our BRs reviewed the Revised Bylaws on Monday, March 21st, and will vote to approve on them on Monday, April 18th.

An email was sent to all NSEA members this morning summarizing the changes to the Bylaws. If you did not receive the email, contact the NSEA Office.  Be sure to attend your school’s 10-minute NSEA meeting this month and share any thoughts on the proposed Bylaws revisions with your BRs. Each school has several hard copies of the revised Bylaws available for you to review. You can also see it here

Our strength is in our unity and the revised Bylaws express our commitment to each other. NSEA and NESPA members work together to help students learn and grow. Our newly merged organization will allow us to work smarter and more efficiently to meet our mutual needs in Northshore. Thank you for taking the time to attend your 10-minute NSEA meeting.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Teacher Certification Workshop

If you have a Residency Certificate, you have an important decision to make: National Boards or ProTeach. Come learn about your options. Do not let your Residency Certificate expire, or you may not be able to continue to teach.

Teacher Licensure 101: NSEA Teacher Certification Workshop
Tuesday, April 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the NSEA Office in downtown Bothell

Space is extremely limited and registration is open to NSEA members only. Register today by emailing Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 1. 

Clock hours and pizza provided.

Educator Certification Issues
Do you have questions about Washington state teacher certification and continuing education requirements, state policy updates, or support options? Come learn more at the NSEA Teacher Certification Workshop.

What will we be covering in our workshop?

  • Learn about recent policy changes affecting teacher certification 
  • Learn about the new National Board process 
  • Get an overview of ProTeach 
  • Explore new certification renewal requirements, including Professional Growth Plans and STEM professional development 
  • How to move from a residency to a professional certificate, or renew a continuing certificate
  • How can bargaining support educators through their certification process?
  • What support does NSEA and WEA provide along the way?

Bring your laptop or device to take a look at Washington State's new E-Certification system for renewing your certificate, checking expiration, or adding endorsements.

Where and When?
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
4:30 to 7:30 pm
(Pizza dinner and registration start at 4:15 pm)
NSEA Office
18704 Bothell Way NE, Suite 101 Bothell, WA 98011
(Downtown Bothell--across the street from McMenamin's)
Breakfast and three clock hours provided.

NOTE: This is the same workshop we held in February at Inglemoor HS.
To register: Contact NSEA Executive Assistant Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org by Friday, April 1.