Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The memberships of PSE SEIU Local 1948 and SEIU 925 met tonight to vote on a tentative settlement reached with the district. Both unions voted yes to ratify the agreement: PSE by 91% and SEIU 925 by 87%.
The settlement includes a salary increase of a 3.1% cost-of-living adjustment over 2 years: 1.9% retroactive to September for the 2018-2019 school year, and another 1.2% for the 2019-2020 school year as well as an additional inflationary increase. The settlement also included changes to the union collective bargaining agreements in an effort to avoid future disagreements over contract interpretation.
“I’m so proud of what we have accomplished here as a coalition. This agreement is a win for all classified staff,” said Emily Freet, assistant to the principal at Maple Hills Elementary and president of the PSE Issaquah Office Professionals Chapter. “We have shown the district that they can no longer ignore us. They have seen our strength, and they must understand now how essential we are to our schools and the students we support.”
“It’s about respect,” said paraeducator Kim Loucks, an SEIU 925 member and part of the Strike Committee. “We contribute so much to our schools and our kids’ education. I’m glad the district finally realized that.”