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    SPS and SEA Negotiations 2018 Update Aug. 29
    Posted on 08/29/2018
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    Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association Bargaining Update Aug. 29

    Educators are the heart of Seattle Public Schools. The district supports our educators and believe they deserve a fair and competitive salary that includes every dollar the state has provided for compensation. We must balance our desire to support our educators while at the same time sustaining critical services and programs students need and families expect. Even with offering every state dollar, starting in 2019-20 the district is projecting a budget shortfall that will grow over time.

    On Aug. 27, the Seattle Education Association (SEA) representative assembly (building representatives) voted to introduce strike authorization at the SEA general assembly. On Aug. 28 the SEA general assembly (all SEA members) authorized a strike if a tentative agreement is not reached by Sept. 5. The district and SEA begin formal bargaining again on the morning of Wed., Aug. 29.

    A strike authorization does not mean educators are going on strike. Strike authorization gives the SEA bargaining team the authority to call a strike if an agreement is not reached. This is a normal procedural step if a tentative agreement between SEA and the district has not been reached prior to the general assembly meeting. The district and SEA continue to discuss important topics, including compensation, and will resume formal bargaining Wednesday morning. We remain optimistic that school will begin September 5.

    Read a district budget update from Aug. 2, 2018.