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Teachers remain on strike in seven districts – more are possible

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Teachers in Evergreen and six other school districts are on strike.

Headed into Labor Day Weekend, educators in seven Washington school districts are on strike to win competitive pay raises.

“I’ve never gone on strike before,” said Tiffany Schumaker, a teacher at Mountain View High School in the Evergreen School District. “It’s super-encouraging, the community support we’ve had this week.”

Schumaker said striking educators are taking a stand for what’s right.

“Teachers have been paid too little for too long,” she said.

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Vancouver teachers are on strike over fair pay.

Teachers are on strike in Vancouver, Evergreen, Ridgefield, Hockinson, Battle Ground, Washougal and Longview. WEA members, parents and supporters in each of the seven districts can email their school boards and superintendents on this WEA page.

“We need professional pay that is commensurate with other careers,” said Vancouver teacher Darlene Harris, a teacher since 1975. “The money is there, but I do not feel valued.”

Educators in a number of other districts have voted to strike next week if their superintendents don’t offer fair contract settlements by the start of school. They include Monroe, Wapato, Stanwood-Camano, Puyallup and Sumner.

Educators have a historic opportunity to negotiate significant pay raises this year, thanks to $2 billion in additional salary funded allocated by the Legislature because of the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Competitive, professional pay is needed to attract and keep caring, qualified teachers and support staff for our students. Without competitive pay, school districts run the risk of lose educators to higher-paying professions or school districts.

Here is the map showing settlements and strikes. (Seattle and Bethel EAs announced tentative agreements tonight, Aug. 31.)

WEA local unions still in negotiations as of Aug. 31:

Aberdeen EA

Anacortes Administrative Assts Assn

Anacortes EA

Anacortes Para Educator Organization

Anacortes Tec/Info Profs

Arlington EA

Battle Ground EA

Bellingham Assn School Employees

Camas Assoc Educ Office Professionals

Camas EA

Cape Flattery EA

Centerville EA

Central Valley EA

Centralia EA

Cheney EA

Chewelah CPEA

Chewelah EA

Cle Elum-Roslyn EA

Clover Park, ESP of

Colfax ESP

Colton EA

Conway EA

Creston EA

Davenport EA

Deer Park EA

Dieringer CPEA

East Valley Yakima EA

Easton EA

Easton Support Personnel Assoc.

Eatonville EA

Ellensburg EA

Endicott Teachers Association

Enumclaw EA

Evergreen EA

Forks EA/Quillayute

Franklin Pierce ESP

Garfield-Palouse EA

Grand Coulee Dam EA

Grandview EA

Granger EA

Grapeview EA

Griffin EA

Harrington EA

Highland EA

Hockinson EA

Hockinson ESP

Hoquiam Teachers Assoc

Inchelium EA

Kent Assn of Paraeducators

Kettle Falls EA

Kittitas EA

Klickitat EA

Lake Stevens EA

Lakewood EA

Liberty EA

Lind EA

Loon Lake EA

Lopez EA

Lyle EA

Lynden EA

Mabton EA

Mary M Knight EA


Mead CTA

Mercer Island EA

Meridian EA

Monroe EA

Montesano EA

Mount Pleasant EA

Mount Vernon ESA

Naches Valley EA

Nespelem EA

North Beach EA

North Kitsap Transportion Employees

North Thurston EA

Ocosta EA

Olympia EAPA

Olympia ParaEducators Assoc

Olympia Technical Professional Admin Assoc

Onalaska CPEA

Orcas EA

Orting EA

Port Angeles Educ. Office Professionals

Port Angeles Para Educator Assoc.

Prescott EA

Pullman Paraprofessionals

Pullman Secretaries

Puyallup EA

Puyallup Educational Support Professionals

Queets-Clearwater A/L

Rainier EA

Raymond EA

Reardan-Edwall EA

Renton ESP

Renton Professional-Technical Assoc.

Republic CPEA

Republic EA

Ridgefield CPEA

Ridgefield EA

Ritzville EA

Riverside EA

Rosalia EA

Royal EA

San Juan EA

Seattle EA

Selah Educational Office Personnel

Shoreline Children's Center

Shoreline ESPA

Snohomish EA

Snoqualmie Valley Administrative Secretaries

Soap Lake EA

South Bend EA

South Whidbey EA

Southside EA

Sprague-Lamont A/L

Stanwood-Camano EA

Stevenson-Carson EA

Sumner EA

Tacoma EA

Taholah EA

Tenino EA

Thorp EA

Thorp ESP

Trout Lake EA

Tukwila EA

Tumwater Assoc of Paraprofessionals

Tumwater EA

Tumwater Office Personnel Assoc.

Union Gap EA

University Place Classified Assoc.

University Place Office Professionals

Upper Skagit Valley EA

Vancouver EA

Vancouver Educ. Support Professionals

Walla Walla Valley EA - College Place Chapter

Wapato Assoc. Educ. Office Personnel

Wapato EA

Wapato Pupil Personnel

Washougal Assoc. of Educators

West Valley Educ. Secretaries Assoc.

West Valley Yakima EA

White Salmon EA

Wilbur CPEA

Wilbur Teachers Association

Willapa Valley EA

Wishkah Valley EA

Wishram EA

Yakima Assoc of Building Services

Yakima Assoc. of Paraeducators

Yakima Educational Office Personnel

Yakima Professional/Technical Assoc.

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