More big pay raises for Washington educators – and more strikes
Every day, local educators and their school districts are reaching tentative agreements on significant, life-changing pay raises. Here's the map showing the highest raises.
In Lake Stevens, teachers reached an agreement that includes a beginning salary of $58,000 and a maximum salary of $112,984 for the upcoming school year.
Everett, Snohomish, Yakima and Highline teachers also recently announced tentative contract agreements with major pay raises.
In Shoreline, as reported last week, the top salary is now more than $120,000.
“It really has impacted the financial future of my family,” said Shoreline teacher Peter Reni. “This is going to attract a lot of really smart, dedicated and invested young people to this profession.”
Meanwhile, administrators in some other school districts still refuse to negotiate competitive pay with their employees. Teachers in Longview remain on strike, and teachers in Evergreen and Washougal will be on strike beginning Tuesday, Aug. 28. Several other WEA locals have set strike deadlines for this week, and more than 180 local unions continue contract negotiations (see list below).
Teachers in Camas and Sultan both voted Monday night to authorize strikes.
In every district, WEA members’ goal is a fair contract they can ratify with pride – going on strike is not the goal, but it’s a step many are willing to take if necessary. Because of the McCleary court case, the state increased funding for K-12 schools by billions of dollars, including $2 billion specifically for educator salaries in 2018-19. School districts have the money!
Professional, competitive pay is needed to attract and keep caring, qualified teachers and education support professionals for our students.
WEA is sponsoring a new radio ad that highlights the need to invest in competitive pay for Washington’s teachers and support staff. With $2 billion in new state funding for educator salaries, school district administrators have no excuse for not investing in competitive pay for teachers and education support professionals.
The ad features special education teacher and Federal Way Education Association President Shannon McCann. Watch it here:
Here is the list of WEA certificated and classified support staff unions that were still in negotiations as of 8 a.m. Sept. 5 It is possible that there are additional units that have settled their contract but not reported in yet. Check the map for strikes.
Anacortes Administrative Assts Assn
Anacortes Para Educator Organization
Anacortes Tec/Info Profs
Battle Ground EA
Burlington Edison EA
Camas Assoc Educ Office Professionals
Cape Flattery EA
Cle Elum-Roslyn EA
Clover Park, ESP of
Deer Park EA
East Valley Yakima EA
Easton Support Personnel Assoc.
Endicott Teachers Association
Franklin Pierce ESP
Grand Coulee Dam EA
Hood Canal EA
Hoquiam Teachers Assoc
Kent Assn of Paraeducators
Kettle Falls EA
Loon Lake EA
Mary M Knight EA
Mount Pleasant EA
Mount Vernon ESA
Naches Valley EA
Newport Associated Teachers
Nine Mile Falls EA
Nooksack Valley EA
North Beach EA
North Kitsap Transportion Employees
North Thurston EA
Olympia ParaEducators Assoc
Olympia Technical Professional Admin Assoc
Port Angeles Educ. Office Professionals
Port Angeles Para Educator Assoc.
Puyallup Educational Support Professionals
Renton Professional-Technical Assoc.
San Juan EA
Selah Educational Office Personnel
Shoreline Children's Center
Snoqualmie Valley Administrative Secretaries
Snoqualmie Valley EA
Soap Lake EA
South Bend EA
Trout Lake EA
Tumwater Assoc of Paraprofessionals
Tumwater Office Personnel Assoc.
Union Gap EA
University Place Classified Assoc.
University Place Office Professionals
Upper Skagit Valley EA
Vancouver Educ. Support Professionals
Walla Walla Valley EA - College Place Chapter
Wapato Assoc. Educ. Office Personnel
Wapato Pupil Personnel
Washougal Assoc. of Educators
West Valley Educ. Secretaries Assoc.
West Valley Yakima EA
White Salmon EA
Wilbur Teachers Association
Willapa Valley EA
Wishkah Valley EA
Yakima Assoc of Building Services
Yakima Assoc. of Paraeducators
Yakima Educational Office Personnel
Yakima Professional/Technical Assoc.