September 12, 2018 – This evening, Longview School District employees represented by SEIU Local 925 voted by 97.2% to ratify a new contract with the district.
Classified staff voted to strike on August 27 in solidarity with Longview teachers and to protest the district’s unwillingness to bargain a contract reopener. (Classified staff include bus drivers, paraeducators, and in nutrition services, custodial, warehouse, print center, technology, maintenance, grounds, school liaisons, interpreters, and SLPA assistants). It was the first strike for a SEIU 925 chapter since 2001. The three unions representing Longview School District staff pledged to stick together in the strike until all three reached acceptable agreements. Longview Education Association (LEA), which represents teachers, went on strike August 23; Longview Classified Public Education Association (LCPEA), which represents secretaries, went on strike August 25.
“Our bargaining team is proud of the hard work we put in to make sure our members got a fair deal,” said Goldie Valentine, president of the SEIU 925 Longview chapter. “We stood strong with the teachers and secretaries because together we are all educators. Quality education depends on retaining quality staff, and we are glad that we are all finally back at work in our schools, serving our kids.”
The new contract with SEIU 925 includes a 9.5% raise for classified staff as well as a new step on the wage scale of 3% for members with 10 or more years longevity.
School began Tuesday, September 11 in Longview, after the three unions reached tentative agreements with the district at 3:00am Sunday morning (September 9). LEA and LCPEA ratified their contracts Sunday night.
Please check our Facebook page for the photos and updates from the duration of the strike, which lasted 13 days for SEIU 925 members and 18 days for teachers.