Thursday, September 3, 2015
Tentative Agreement reached between District and Spokane EABut the underlying question remains: How well are the district's teachers, instructional assistants, maintenance workers and other staffers paid anyway? And because a salary in Spokane can get you a lot further than that same salary in Seattle, how does that compare if you adjust for things like supply, demand, and cost of living?
The Spokane Education Association and Spokane School District are pleased to jointly announce we’ve finally come to a Tentative Agreement avoiding a strike tomorrow morning.
Spokane EA members are meeting at a General Membership meeting Tuesday evening to go over the new contract and to discuss whether or not to ratify the TA.
SEA members voted at a General Membership Meeting last Friday to strike beginning tomorrow if no Tentative Agreement was reached. Talks stalled before the two sides agreed to work with a state-appointed mediator.
The one-year contract makes progress toward several issues pertinent to building world class schools including professional development, workload and compensation.
We’re very proud of the high-quality education our students deserve and receive here in Spokane, Supt. Shelley Redinger says. We’re very pleased we’ve come to an agreement that meets the needs of the District and values our employees.
We appreciate the dedication of our members to the families and students in our District and we’re happy we can avert a strike, SEA President Jenny Rose says. Our bargaining team says they feel they have worked hard with the District to come to a fair and reasonable settlement.
Both teams say they appreciate working with the state mediator who was assigned to help them move forward and both teams say they appreciate the patience and support shown by our parents and other community members during this difficult negotiations period.
School and activities will continue on Friday as scheduled.