From February through early May, the teams will be working together in joint subcommittees to propose draft contract agreements. In mid-May, both teams will be sequestered for five days to attempt to come up with a final agreement that will be brought before LWEA members for a vote.

Kevin Teeley, LWEA President

LWEA Update: News you can use!

  • Public Education is every Student's Civil Right

    Rally for Student Rights and Amply Funded Public Schools

    Plan to join us on Monday, January 16, as we meet on the Capitol steps of the Legislative Building in Olympia to push legislators to fully fund public education.

    LWEA member who are interested in carpooling should contact Jennifer Silves (LWEA office).

    Carpoolers should meet in in the LWEA parking lot. We plan to leave at 8 AM sharp and return at approximately 2:00 PM.

    If you can attend the rally, please remember to wear red!
    Other groups participating in the rally: NAACP, Washington’s Paramount Duty, League of Women’s Voters, El Centro de Las Raza, WEA, Washington State PTA, Public School Employees (PSE), SEIU, School Nurses of WA, NW Progressive Institute, Washington Association of School Social Workers.
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  • Bargaining input meetings have started!

    This year is the last year of a four-year contract with the district. We’ll be spending a major part of the school year gathering input from you and negotiating a new contract that will begin in August 2017.

    Starting today and continuing through December, the LWEA President and members of the bargaining team will be holding meetings in every building. They’ll also hold separate meetings for each special interest group, for a total of 60 input meetings altogether.

    It’s very important for you to attend your building and/or special interest group meeting so the bargaining team can hear directly from you. Your thoughts and opinions are extremely important in developing the bargaining agenda.

    In August, the LWEA Bargaining Team and Executive Committee met for three days to study all the input LWEA has received over the past three years. This included all anecdotal information we received from individual members, as well as the more formalized input we received from your building reps last May.

    We’ll be compiling all that with the information we receive from you this fall at your building and special interest group meetings. We’ll use that information to develop an all-member survey as well.

    Here’s the tentative timeline for contract negotiations:

    Sept.-Dec. Building meetings and special interest group meetings
    January LWEA all-member survey
    February 1-3 Joint District-Association bargaining training
    March-May Negotiations
    May 15-19 Sequestered bargaining
    May 23 Tentative agreement presented to Rep Assembly
    May 24 General Membership Meeting
    May 24-31 Voting

    Building reps will be notifying you when your building meeting is scheduled. Meetings for special interest groups will be held at the LWEA office—use this link to see the schedule.
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  • Newbie Nights: A professional development series for newer teachers

    Do you wake up in the middle of the night worried about how to engage that reluctant learner or handle a difficult parent? Do you often wonder if you’ll ever not be so tired? Or how on earth you are ever supposed to get everything done with the limited amount of time in the day? Then this series of professional development opportunities is just for you.

    LWEA is sponsoring 6 evening sessions designed specifically for teachers with 6 or fewer years of teaching experience.

    We’ll provide you with hospitality, dinner, and an opportunity to hear from experts on various topics as they share strategies for surviving your first few years in the classroom.

    Please join us in connecting and collaborating with others new to the profession. Find out how LWEA, WEA, and NEA can help support you in your profession.

    Our introductory session this year will include a panel of experienced classroom teachers who will be available to share strategies and techniques for the classroom. From engaging reluctant learners to navigating the challenges of new curriculum, these colleagues will answer your questions and help you build a support system for a successful year.

    October 6, 2016 (4:30 - 7:00 PM)

    More than Alphabet Soup:
    Understanding your new profession and the acronyms that it brings with it
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