Bargaining Update

Here’s the latest update on contract negotiations

Bargaining survey results released

1,475 LWEA members completed the bargaining survey, which represents an outstanding 79% response rate. Below are some highlights of the survey. You can view the complete survey results here:
  • Increasing compensation ranked as the #1 priority.
  • An across-the-board percentage salary increase ranked #1 for how to increase compensation.
  • Reducing caseload limits was #1 for special education staff and general education specialists.
  • 61% of you indicated it was important to have a full-time tech instructional support person in each building, and 80% said it was important to have full-time tech operational support.
  • For LEAP days, 56% thought it was reasonable to have between 8-12 days as building days.
  • LEAP Day Structure B, which designates Wednesdays as individual, grade level/department, and building/district days, was preferred by 62% of respondents.
  • 91.5% of respondents said that Teacher LEAP days (IPP days) were extremely valuable, while only 4% thought building days were extremely valuable.
  • 56.5% indicated that there should be 2.5 or 3 days for classroom prep in August.
  • Building in one or two “snow days” into the calendar was popular with 61% of respondents.
  • For those of you who wanted mid-winter break to be a full week---you were out-numbered by those who wanted to keep it the same. 50.48% said keep it the same.
  • Also for mid-winter break, 50% said keep it at Thursday through Monday, while the rest wanted different configurations or had no preference.
  • Overwhelmingly, you want to keep winter break at 16-17 days---84.5% responded that way.
  • You don’t want a grade day built into the calendar. 56% of high school respondents said no, as did 63% of elementary respondents and 66% of middle school respondents.
  • 48% of you want to start school after Labor Day, while 35% want to start before.
  • Having a full-time counselor in each elementary building was important to 92% of respondents.
  • Having a full--time Safety Net teacher in each elementary building was important to 94%.
  • Secondary teachers chose additional compensation as their highest priority for addressing workload inequity in assignments.
  • What would be the one thing that would improve your life—58% of respondents want us to improve their salaries.

LWEA Bargaining Team Works to Identify Bargaining Issues

Your LWEA Bargaining Team has been hard at work getting ready to represent you in contract negotiations with the district. We just concluded 65 bargaining input meetings and are now going over all the data that was collected.
Last Friday, the team launched an all-member bargaining survey to gather information on your interests and priorities. Be sure you complete the survey before the deadline of 9am on Tuesday, January 17. The survey is now closed.
On February 1-3, our team and the district’s team will be jointly trained on interest-based contract negotiations and will begin bargaining. Interest-based bargaining is a process in which teams identify issues and work together to find common interests and common solutions in a problem-solving, collaborative manner.
From February through early May, the teams will be working together in joint sub-committees 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.
The members of the LWEA team are pictured below: Kevin Teeley, LWEA President, Howard Mawhinney, LWEA Vice Pres., Sarah Cooper, Juanita Preschool, Maryziel Galarpe, Blackwell Elem., Gerry Wilson, Muir Elem., Denise Radecke, Psychologist, Kyla Thompson, Finn Hill MS,Karyn Taggart, Kamiakin MS, Mike Dawson, LWHS, Marilyn Hargraves, LWHS, Heather Jones, Instructional Tech, RC, Jennifer Silves, WEA UniServ Rep

Bargaining Team_August 2016_2

The Members of the LWSD Team will include: Traci Pierce, Superintendent,Janene Fogard, Deputy, Superintendent, Jon Holmen, Assoc. Superintendent, Matt Manobianco, Assoc. Superintendent, Barbara Posthumus, Assistant Supt., Paul Vine, Director, Special Services, Pat Fowler-Fung, Director, HR, Matt Gillingham, Director, Student Svcs., Stephen Bryant, Dir. of Prof. Learning, Monica Garcia, Principal, Kirk Elem., Kelly Clapp, Principal, Redmond MS, Cindy Duenas, Principal, Tesla STEM

Bargaining Input Meetings areall completed.

The LWEA Bargaining Team will be organizing the data into themes and preparing to bargaining during the months of December and January.

Looking for the date of a bargaining input meeting near you? Check here.

Be on the look out for an email with the Bargaining Survey when we return from Winter Break, January 4, 2017.

Here’s the tentative timeline for contract negotiations:

  • September thru December 2016
Building meetings and special interest group meetings
  • January 2017
LWEA all-member bargaining survey
  • February 1-3
Joint District-Association bargaining training
  • March-May
  • May 15-19
Sequestered bargaining
  • May 23
Tentative Agreement presented to Rep Assembly
  • May 24
General Membership Meeting for presentation of Tentative Agreement
  • May 24-31
Electronic Voting Open

Building reps will be notifying you when your building meeting is scheduled.  Please make it a priority to attend.

calendarDates for Special Interest Group Meetings:

Below are the meeting dates for special interest groups.  All meetings below will be held at the LWEA office.


September 7, 2016

3:30 pm


September 14, 2016

4:00 pm

Safety Net Teachers

September 16, 2016

4:15 pm

Resource Room (Elementary)

September 19, 2016

4:15 pm

Resource Room (Secondary)

September 21, 2016

3:00 pm

Secondary Counselors

September 28, 2016

3:30 pm

Elementary Counselors

September 28, 2016

4:30 pm

CTE Teachers

October 19, 2016

3:30 pm

Elementary Music and PE

October 19, 2016

4:30 pm


October 26, 2016

2:45 pm


October 26, 2016

4:15 pm

Secondary Librarians

November 2, 2016

3:30 pm

Elementary Librarians

November 2, 2016

4:30 pm


November 9, 2016

4:30 pm

ELL Teachers

November 16, 2016

4:30 pm

Self-contained Programs (K-12)

December 7, 2016

4:15 pm

New Teachers

(0-5 Years in the profession)

December 14, 2016

4:15 pm

Bargaining input meetings to start on Monday

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 on Monday 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.

Bargaining Sort August4In 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.  

Our plan is to compile 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.