Wenatchee educators authorize strike if no deal reached by Sept. 27

Wenatchee Education Association news release, 9/23/15
Contact: Kris Cameron, 509-669-4724
Wenatchee educators authorize strike if no deal reached by Sept. 27
At a general membership meeting tonight Wenatchee educators voted 77 percent to 23 percent to strike if the Wenatchee School District fails to negotiate a tentative contract agreement by 3 pm on Sunday, Sept. 27.

“The district continues to reject our proposals to lower class sizes, improve workloads and give educators fair pay,” said Kris Cameron, president of the Wenatchee Education Association. “We are forced to take this step to show them we are united and we will not back down when the well-being of our students is on the line.”
Educators have been bargaining with the WSD since June, but remain apart on key issues:
  • The district’s plan to reject $690,000 in state funding to reduce class sizes, resulting in 11 fewer teachers in the elementary schools.
  • The refusal to hire additional paraeducators to perform supervisory duties, allowing teachers more planning and 1-on-1 time with students, as is common practice in other comparable districts.
  • Professional pay to remain competitive in attracting and retaining the talented educators our kids deserve.

250 members voted on the motion to authorize a strike. WSD and WenEA bargaining teams are scheduled to meet with a state mediator to continue contract negotiations Thursday, Sept. 24.

“It’s time for the district to end the delay tactics, get serious at the negotiating table and reach a settlement before Sunday afternoon,” Cameron said. “We have the money, we have the plans, now we just need the willingness from the district to do the right thing.”