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Monday, December 5, 2016

Join Us on MLK Day in Olympia!

On January 16, 2017, join thousands of educators, parents, and kids for a historic Rally for Full Funding of Public Education on the Capitol Steps in Olympia. 

WEA-Cascade will be providing buses, and we encourage you to reserve your seat NOW. We are welcoming family, neighbors and friends, so please reserve seats for them too. Buses will board at 7:30 am, for an 8:00 am departure time from both the Shoreline Center and Pop Keeney Stadium.

Participants will attend the rally at 10:30am, and will be back to Shoreline or Bothell by approximately 3:00pm.

Please choose your departure location, reserve your seat, and print your ticket(s) to get on the bus HERE.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Civil Right to a Public Education

Our Final Best Opportunity Begins Now!

The Washington Constitution is clear: Amply funded quality public education is a civil right for all students.

American Education Week started yesterday. And today is the start of our final best opportunity to obtain full funding as part of the McCleary decision.

The upcoming 2017 Legislative Session marks the last legislative session before the McCleary deadline imposed by the Washington State Supreme Court. This means K-12 school funding is going to be THE issue this year. The State of Washington is about to run out the clock, and as the professionals closest to the students who are being shortchanged, it's our job to keep the pressure on.

The outcome our students deserve will not come to fruition without a fight. And this is where you come in.
Educators in Northshore will be joining our colleagues from around the state to exert pressure on the Governor and our elected representatives to the House and Senate, to fulfill their obligation under the Washington State Constitution. There will be multiple phases to the effort, and many opportunities to get involved.
We will join together and stand strong in defense of our students' civil right to a strong, fully funded public education. We are planning to petition the governor, meet with Attorney Tom Ahearne (who argued the McCleary case in front of the Supreme Court), rally in Olympia, and lobby our legislators throughout the 2017 legislative session. We will keep up our pressure as long as it takes, until a final McCleary Budget is approved!

Here's a link to see the Student Bill of Rights.

Educators Fight for Students' Civil Rights at MLK Jr. Day Rally

On January 16, 2017, join thousands of educators, parents, and kids for a historic Rally for Full Funding of Public Education on the Capitol Steps in Olympia. 

WEA-Cascade will be providing busses, and we encourage you to reserve your seat NOW. We are welcoming family, neighbors and friends, so please reserve seats for them too. Busses will board at 7:30am, for an 8:00am departure time from both the Shoreline Center and Pop Keeney Stadium.

Participants will attend the rally at 10:30am, and will be back to Shoreline or Bothell by approximately 3:00pm.

Please choose your departure location, reserve your seat, and print your ticket(s) to get on the bus HERE.

The Governor's Budget Sets the High Water Mark! Let's Make Sure He Fulfills The Promise Our Kids Deserve! 

Let's tell Governor Inslee we're tired of budgets that kick the can down the road! No More Delays! The time for full funding of our schools is NOW! 
We will be sending a PETITION TO THE GOVERNOR.       

When your building representative or a colleague asks you to sign, please add your signature and join with your colleagues to send a clear message to Governor Inslee.

Governor Inslee, who just won re-election, will be releasing his state budget plan in December. The governor's budget will set the tone for the legislative budget plans that follow, and we need his budget to set a high bar.

Billions in school funding are at stake. As professional educators, we know our state needs to invest in what will help kids the most - smaller class sizes in every grade and competitive pay for school employees.

If you'd like to print a copy of the PETITION and gather additional signatures from family and friends on your own, please make sure to return any signatures you've gathered back to your building representative, in person, by Friday, December 2nd.

CAUTION: This IS political action. Make sure you do this important work during duty-free time (before or after school, or during lunch), and do not leave petitions in school mail boxes. Face to face organizing works best.  
McCleary Meeting: What Would Full Funding Look Like?

Described as a "force of nature", Attorney Thomas Ahearne will describe the vision of the McCleary case, and explain how the final stages of the McCleary timeline may play out. Mr. Ahearne will take audience questions, and explain how the McCleary case has evolved and progressed since its inception through the 2017 Legislative Session.

December 7, 2016 

Shoreline Room in the Shoreline Center 
Shoreline School District 
18560 1st Ave NE 
Shoreline, WA 98155
As the attorney who argued the McCleary case in front of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington, Mr. Ahearne is the authority on the case, and yet has the ability through his personality and presentation style to explain the intricacies of school finances in a way that makes them understandable, and even interesting. 

Please join the fun as we talk school finance! We will stand stronger together if we understand our fight!

Sign up HERE to reserve your spot to attend this important, informational meeting.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Represent NSEA at WEA or NEA Rep Assembly

Nominations are now open for NSEA delegates to the WEA-Rep Assembly in Spokane in April and the NEA-Rep Assembly in Boston in early July. Any NSEA member, Cert or ESP, can be a delegate. No previous experience is needed, and being a delegate to either RA is an opportunity to get involved with your state and national unions. All delegates are elected to their position; elections will be held in December. Please read below for more information. If you have any questions, refer to our Rep Assembly Timeline or contact Lydia King at

NSEA Delegate to WEA-Rep Assembly
Acting as a delegate is a great way to get involved, to learn more about how WEA operates, and to help shape WEA's direction. WEA-RA is the annual gathering of representatives from WEA affiliates around the state to decide on policy, positions, and the business of WEA.  It's a great way to see the "big picture" of what happens within WEA. 

This year's WEA-RA is in Spokane, and runs from Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, April 15, 2017 (plan to return home on Sunday, April 16th). NSEA will pay your expenses, including your flight to Spokane, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, and meals. Delegates must attend Mock RA on Wednesday, March 29th after school.  

To nominate yourself or someone else to be an NSEA delegate to WEA-RA, click here.

NSEA Delegate to NEA-Rep Assembly
NSEA has budgeted to send at least 3 delegates to the National Education Association Rep Assembly in Boston, MA from June 30 through July 5. NEA-RA is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the Association and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. The Representative Assembly adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the Legislative Program, and other policies of the Association. Delegates vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. 

NSEA will pay for delegate’s airfare, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, and meals in Boston.

To nominate yourself or someone else to be an NSEA delegate to NEA-RA, click here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Benefits Information

Read this, if you get NSD Health Benefits. November is Open Enrollment for 2017. Benefits Fair is Wednesday.

Dear NSEA Member,

November is the time to make decisions regarding your negotiated NSD Health Benefits for the 2017 calendar year—the Open Enrollment period. To help you make those decisions, below is background and a summary. The NSD Benefits Fair is Wednesday, Nov 2nd from 2 to 5:30 PM at the Admin Center, with plenty of people to answer your questions. For more info, see the resources at the bottom of this email.

·         As those of us at the August 31 Contract Vote heard, our elected State decision-makers decide how much to fund our health benefits, leaving the rest of the cost to us. The State’s health care allocation for K-12 employee health benefits increased only $12 per month from last year. It was $768, and is now $780 per full time employee. Because healthcare costs are rising much higher than this meager 1.5% funding increase, monthly premiums are going up. The State (mainly the State Senate) is shifting cost to us. That’s one reason be involved in doorbelling, phoning, and of course, voting to elect State decision-makers who support us. The Legislature, Governor, OSPI, and Supreme Court judges all play a role in our benefit costs.

·         In Northshore, benefit decisions are negotiated via a Districtwide Benefits Committee, whose results are then presented to each Association for review. We are grateful for the work of the NSEA representatives to the Committee: Mary Haltiner, and Peggy Sturm.    Chris Tracy serves as NSEA’s consultant to the Committee.

·         In Northshore we are able to get better benefits at lower costs for our money because, through our locally bargained Benefits Committee, Northshore self –insures most of the Benefit Plans. That means that the portion of our benefit funds that goes to insurance company profits is low because the insurance companies only create the provider networks and administer the paperwork, but NSD actually insures the plans. Thus our Insurance committee used $560,000 from NSD insurance savings (reserves) from last year to lower the cost of premium increases for 2017. This is a big reason why maintaining our right to locally bargain health benefits is important.

·         Group Health. 2017 Payroll deductions for those covering dependents will increase up to $2 per month over 2016. Single subscribers out of pocket payroll deduction will increase $15 monthly, to make progress in meeting the Senate Bill 5940 goals, which require that single subscribers pay more, while those covering families pay less. 

·         Regence Programs, Self-Insured by NSD. All subscribers will see some out of pocket payroll deduction increases in 2017. Out of pocket payroll increases will range from $15-$16 per month for single subscribers. Monthly full-family out of pocket payroll increases will vary depending on the plan selected, about $42 for High Deductible, $39 for Value, $89 for Standard and $114 for Choice. Employees should review their coverage and see what plans works best for them. For many employees switching from Choice to Standard or Standard to Value may make sense. Group Health is an attractive financial option for many employees currently on Choice or Standard, and Group Health offers more comprehensive coverage.

·         Dental Programs. For 2017, NSD will replace the self-insured NSD dental that is administered by Zenith, and purchase Metropolitan Life’s dental program. The Metropolitan program will be almost exactly the same as NSD dental, but with improvements. The dental maximum will increase from $2200 per person to $2500 and the orthodontia benefit will be increased by $500. No premium increase for those utilizing Willamette Dental.

·         Vision and Hearing Insurance. NSD will continue the self-insured the NSD vison/hearing program, but NSD will change the third party administrator from Zenith to Ameritas in 2017.  NSD will increase the hearing aid benefit from $500 to $1000 in 2017. 

·         Life Insurance. There will be a slight increase in premiums as premiums are tied to salaries and salaries are increasing.

·         More information on the web: Here is the link to the NSD Benefits Department web page, with lots of info, including the specific monthly premium costs you will pay for each plan, and the coverage (single, spouse, family) you choose:

 Questions? 8 AM to 4:30 PM: Lisa McLean, Manager of Benefits and HR Info Services 425.408.7611. OR Toni Damron, Benefits and Retirement Analyst. 425.408.7610.  OR Audrey Martin, Benefits and Workers Compensation Specialist. 425.408.7612 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Upcoming Teacher Transfer Survey

From:  Tim Brittell, President, Northshore Education Association and Jeff Sherwood, Executive Director of Human Resources

To:  All Certificated Staff

Re:  Upcoming Teacher Transfer Survey

This is in response to questions from teachers about the upcoming transfer survey, transfer to North Creek High School and use of the survey information, and reflects the agreement between the NSEA and the District.  This information will also be posted on the District website in the FAQ section related to teacher transfers.

Teachers who responded to the North Creek survey last year, but did not get an assignment to North Creek, are no longer under any obligation to transfer to North Creek, and the list will no longer be used to fill any further North Creek positions.  If they still wish to transfer to North Creek High School, they should reapply on the November survey this year.

The new survey will be used to transfer teachers at all levels (elementary, junior high, and high school) to middle school and high school, including North Creek High School, consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding between NSEA and the District on Grade Reconfiguration and Teacher Transfers.  After the initial round of transfers in February/March from the list generated from the November 2016 , teachers remaining on the list will be offered secondary vacancies in the subject(s) and at the location(s) in which they expressed interest through July 31, 2017 prior to the vacancies being posted for voluntary transfer consistent with the collective bargaining agreement.

Click here to see the MOU on Transfers for North Creek High School and Grade Reconfiguration.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Come to Our RETRO Party!

Let’s celebrate and wear RED on Wednesday, Nov. 2!

As a result of our unity, contract negotiations resulted in a substantial pay increase for ESPs.   Retroactive pay of about 7% of 2015-2016 earnings will be included in the October paycheck!

All ESP and Certificated members are invited to drop in at the NSEA office after school to celebrate the ESP raises and RETROactive pay.   Enjoy cake, bubbly beverages, toasts, Retro Trivia games, and other fun. Meet and thank your Bargaining Team, relax, and celebrate with us! 

Wednesday, November 2nd after school (starting around 3:00 p.m.) at the NSEA Office in downtown Bothell (18704 Bothell Way NE, Suite 101 Bothell).
Please click here to RSVP by Friday, October 28!
Note: overflow parking is available on the street or at Pop Keeney.

Also, on Wed., Nov 2, please wear your red “We Educate Northshore” t-shirt (or anything that is red!) to show your unity and union pride!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

New to Northshore? Join Us at McMenamin's!

Are you new to the Northshore School District (hired in the past three years)? If so, come join us on October 13th for drinks and snacks at McMenamin's Anderson School!

With a new contract, a new superintendent, a new high school opening soon, and district reconfiguration, there are a lot of positive changes happening in Northshore. We’re so glad you have chosen to work here and that you are now a member of the Northshore Education Association (NSEA). You are helping to shape Northshore’s future!

We want to get to know you and have you get to know us. Please join us Thursday, October 13th between 3:30 and 5:30 at McMenamin's Anderson School (Haynes Hall) in downtown Bothell to celebrate your new career in Northshore (directions are here). Have your questions answered about your new contract, learn about what NSEA does, get to know other new teachers, and meet Superintendent Reid. Snacks and your first drink are on us. Click here to RSVP

This will be the first of three events hosted by NSEA for new teachers this year. Our next receptions will be in February and June. 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 13th! Click here to RSVP