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Bargaining Action #StrongerTogether #UnionProud #UnionStrong


To the 2,350 WEA public school employees working in the Soundview region, WAY TO GO! Your commitment to holding district administrators responsible for fulfilling the McCleary Promise demands praise, applause and RESPECT. You have made history by demonstrating the solidarity and power of union membership. You are worth every penny spent settling each contract! #WeAreWorthIt #UnionStrong #WeAreDoingThisTogether #WeDeserveIt - Renee Verone, Council President


Events Coming Up

Feb 8 - New Hire and Student Teacher Dinner - This is happy hour for student teachers and our new hires hosted by Soundview. Join others to learn more about:

  • Pathways to certification
  • Know your contract
  • PD4Educators
  • Benefits of Membership
  • Welcome to your union
  • Retirement
  • Healthcare

March 7 - National Boards Social Hour and a 1/2 - 4:30-6pm at the Black Angus (9905 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood) 

You are invited to participate in a NBCT mingle to: Share a drink, hors d’oeuvres, and your ideas.* Growing the NBCT roles of leadership in schools. * We will be having a facilitated conversation.conversation.

May 16 - National Boards Ceremony


#PD4Educators for 2018 - 2019


  • Feb 28 - Culturally Responsive Classroom Management (MOD2)- Closing the Achievement Gap 
    Register online at https://squareup.com/store/soundview
    The seminar includes strategies for closing the achievement gap for improving the learning experiences of diverse students, especially those who are struggling to achieve at high levels. It focuses on four factors that affect student achievement: Culture, Abilities, Resilience, and Effort (C.A.R.E.). Culture: • Look at cultural differences by learning about the cultures that students bring to school - their everyday experiences - and connect these experiences to what is taught. Abilities: • Recognize the abilities students have learned in their homes and communities that do not show up on standardized tests, but can contribute to academic success. Resilience: • Cultivate resilience in students to help them persevere in school, despite repeated failure or discouragement they may have experienced in their environment. Effort: • Find out how students who are difficult to motivate are motivated outside of school, and bring those interests inside the schoolhouse where they can be used to direct students toward academics. 

  • Mar 16 - South Sound Saturday School - Back by demand! This is the 9th annual offering of this conference. The schedule is packed for this one day conference and offers 6 clock hours. Registration is available online at https://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/1624/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=425977

    Read about the 2019 course offerings.

    Registration is $25 for WEA members. Participants can take up to two classes -- one full-day (6 hours) course or two half-day (3 hours each). Breakfast and lunch will be served. Up to 6 clock hours will be available.

  • April 12 - Pre-Retirement Seminar - Members have requested a spring class in addition to the Fall Offering.
  • Register online at https://squareup.com/store/soundview
    Note: Don’t wait too long to RSVP. This workshop is limited to only 25 people and has been very popular with members/ Cost: $20 per member. Payment is due upon registration. Fee covers trainers, materials and meals: dinner on Friday along with breakfast and lunch on Saturday. This workshop is for union members who are ready to start planning for retirement or others who want to learn more about how to set-up a secure retirement plan. Here’s what they will cover: Social Security; Medicare; Healthcare; Long Term Care; VEBA; Financial Planning; Estate Planning; Deferred Comp; Staff Retirement & more! 

  • May 30 - Social and Emotional Support 

  • June 17-19 - SPARKS for ESP (classified) - New to the profession under 5 years



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They Say ... Pay for our educational insurance when you cancel your membership

We Say ... Your educational insurance up to $1 Million already covers members

They Say ... Union membership costs money

We Say ... Union membership gives you a voice in the workplace

They Say ... You have a right to pay union dues

We Say ... You have the right to stand up without retribution to poor working conditions




Collective bargaining has always been the bedrock of the American labor movement. I hope that you will continue to anchor your movement to this foundation. Free collective bargaining is good for the entire Nation. In my view, it is the only alternative to State regulation of wages and prices - a path which leads far down the grim road of totalitarianism. Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor - those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized - do a disservice to the cause of democracy.

John F. Kennedy 
               The collective bargaining agreement, or contract, establishes the rights and working conditions (including pay) for the members of CPEA, ESPCP, SCEA, SEA, UPCA, UPEA, and UPOP. Collective bargaining is the process used by the members of ESPCP to advocate for improved working conditions, fair wages, and to set limits on the power of the employer to act without representation.
      The power of collective bargaining is the power of the group to take united action. One employee has little power or influence and can easily be dismissed as a complainer or malcontent. Together, speaking with one voice at the bargaining table, ESPCP can promote the common interests and ideas of all members to address workplace issues.
     Through collective bargaining, you have the protection of due process and the ability to use the grievance process in situations where a supervisor or the employer acts unfairly or arbitrarily. Collective bargaining increases the wages and hours of employees in the bargaining unit. Over the last five years wages in our classified units have increased more than 25% on average. These are real gains for members worth thousands of dollars each year and would not have been possible without collective bargaining.
     In addition, member issues that involve potential loss of hours, layoff, transfer, and evaluation can all be addressed using the collective bargaining agreement, and the contract language providing employee protection is reinforced and improved as part of the bargaining process.
     The contractual agreement between the your local union and the District provides a venue for members of the bargaining unit to meet management as equals and stand up for the rights of workers to be treated with the respect they deserve, the respect they earn doing the important work that is necessary in providing a quality education of the students they serve.

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