Gov. Inslee signs WEA priority legislation
03/27/2018Back to Blog
Inslee signed House Bill 1237, which grants community and technical college faculty the right to negotiate pay raises with local funding. It's been a WEA priority for more than a decade and represents a major victory for union rights. It was the top policy bill in WEA's Unity Agenda for the 2018 legislative session, which ended March 8.
Inslee also signed Senate Bill 6362, which improves on the McCleary school funding plan the Legislature approved last year – and includes educator salary increases in the 2018-19 school year.
WEA higher education Chair Carla Naccarato-Sinclair said the faculty bargaining bill shows that legislators understand the importance of quality faculty.
With more than a billion dollars in new state funding for K-12 educator salaries, certificated and classified school employees also have a huge opportunity to negotiate significant salary increases this year. Professional, competitive pay is needed to recruit and retain qualified, committed educators for our students, said Kim Mead, WEA president.
Mead said the new school funding is a victory for public education.
"We will continue to advocate for what all of our students need to be successful," Mead said.
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