Striking teachers in Vancouver, Ridgefield & Hockinson reach TAs
7 pm update: Ridgefield, Camas and Hockinson teachers ratified their tentative agreements today. Also, teachers in Rainier School District went on strike today.
Striking teachers in the Vancouver, Ridgefield and Hockinson school districts have reached tentative contract agreements with their districts. Ridgefield and Hockinson teachers will vote on their tentative agreements today, Sept. 3, while Vancouver teachers will vote the morning of Sept. 4.
Teachers in Evergreen, Battle Ground, Washougal and Longview do not have agreements and remain on strike. Tumwater teachers also are on strike; classes were scheduled to start Sept. 5.
Teachers in Centralia, Puyallup, Stanwood-Camano, Tukwila, Arlington, Conway, South Whidbey, Monroe and Wapato have voted to strike if they don’t have agreements by the start of school this week.
Tacoma teachers are in negotiations and will have a general membership meeting Sept. 4.
Teachers in other districts reached agreements over the weekend, including Seattle, Bethel, Mercer Island, Sumner, Camas and North Kitsap.
Teachers and support professionals in school districts across Washington are negotiating competitive pay raises necessary to attract and keep qualified, committed educators. Because of the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, legislators allocated $2 billion for educator salaries this school year. Specific pay raise amounts and percentages are negotiated locally.