Executive board authorizes Longview strike vote; Tentative Agreement reached

UPDATE March 28, 2022 ~ The bargaining team is pleased to announce a Tentative Agreement! Information and ratification vote details forthcoming for SEIU 925 members.

UPDATE March 26, 2022 ~ After almost 18 hours in mediation, the bargaining team is happy to share that we are super close to a full agreement and a new contract. There are still a few issues on the table, so we have agreed to meet again Monday. SEIU 925 members remain UNION STRONG in Longview!

March 23, 2022 ~ Tonight, our elected executive board of rank-and-file members held an emergency meeting to authorize a strike vote in our Longview chapter.

SEIU 925 bargaining team members have had frustrating, even insulting, bargaining sessions with the Longview School District over renewing our union contract, and have been at the bargaining table since April 2021, them mediation since January. 

Bus drivers, paraeducators, nutrition services staff, tech, custodians, and other essential school staff have helped create a safe learning environment for students throughout the Covid pandemic. Other school districts in the region have bargained competitive contracts for district employees. But the Longview School District is doing little to recruit or retain qualified, dedicated staff: there are often 30 vacant positions waiting to be filled, which equates to unmet student needs and creates short staffing and unfair workloads for remaining staff. 

The Longview SEIU 925 chapter made history in 2018 as the first to go on strike in SEIU 925’s decades-long history. With tonight’s strike vote authorization, Longview members know that SEIU 925 members across the state will once again have their backs and full support if they choose to take a strike vote.