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Update Reporting Requirements for March 23-27


Original EMAIL SENT: Monday, March 16, 2020 3:56 PM 

Clover Park Education Association

March 16, 2020

Good afternoon all CPSD certificated staff,

Today CPEA concluded a memorandum of understanding with CPSD confirming the following agreements related to coping with the unique and unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Leave taken as a result of the Coronavirus shall not come out of personal or sick, and will not be applied as unpaid leave under the following conditions:

a. Employee is directed to be quarantined by a health professional or agency. Such situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to verification.

b. Employee falls into a high-risk category (60 or older, weakened immune system from medical conditions, etc.). Such situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and are subject to verification.

c. Employees on such leave may be assigned home-based work to the same extent of other staff, unless they are incapacitated by illness.

2. Employees may use sick leave for childcare if their school or place of care has been closed by public health officials.

3. When all District schools are closed, a revised work schedule will be followed. As is the case from March 17th to the 20th, employees may be on-call (i.e. home-based work) during regularly scheduled working hours. Click here for the Reporting Expectations – Week of March 17-20, 2020 Guidelines for being on-call are as follows:

a. Employees shall be available to work their regularly scheduled hours if contacted by the District before 3 p.m. the preceding day.

b. Employees are required to check work email and respond as needed on regular daily basis.

c. Employees are expected to be available for work-related phone calls during regular work hours.

d. As the situation develops, additional work from home (ex. remote collaboration with teams) may be required. The District will communicate openly about the nature of such work. Per OSPI guidance, such work may be different than that usually assigned.

e. Employees who need to be released from these expectations may take leave under current CBA terms (sick leave, personal leave, etc.).

4. The District shall continue to pay certificated employees’ salary and benefits for employees currently in a paid status. Should an employee currently in unpaid status be released to work during this closure, the employee’s status will be updated accordingly.

5. The District will follow OSPI guidelines for making up lost instructional days and time.

This detailed summary encompasses the essence of the proposal put forward by CPEA last Friday, March 13. The District’s acceptance and communication of these terms today is most welcome. CPEA will continue to monitor the situation and negotiate further details as conditions change. The full text of the MOU is available on the HR website where future updates will also be posted by the District. CPEA will also continue to keep members informed as we go. Thank you for your collective patience and positivity while we worked to reach this agreement in this unprecedented time of challenge and turmoil.

Yours in solidarity,

Jim Schell

CPEA President  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

253-582-1822, ext. 105





Mar 23 @ 4 - 5:30 pm
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Mar 30 @ 4-5:30 pm
Elementary Specialist Listening Session (Soundview/CPEA, 6132 Motor Ave SW, Lakewood)

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Dec 2019 Newsletter


Season’s Greetings fellow CPEA members,
Here’s wishing you and yours a very merry Holiday! I hope you are able to find time to reflect and recharge during this well-deserved break from the classroom. Our work can be the most fulfilling and the most challenging of professions, so take care of yourself and indulge in the love of friends and family.  ...READ MORE...


CPEA Fall 2018 Newsletter






CPEA Bargaining Update: August 30, 2018

Welcome back to school CPEA members!

          Thanks again to all of you who attended the General Membership meeting this past Monday!  You and 600 of your colleagues voted by a 94% “yes” margin to ratify a new two year contract that delivers a 15% raise in year one, increasing to 19% in the second year.  Please see the enclosed attachments for more details.  As of this writing, that makes our collective bargaining agreement (CBA) THE BEST EDUCATOR CONTRACT IN PIERCE COUNTY!


          I look forward to visiting your work sites in the coming days to hear your thoughts and clarifying questions about the changes this contract is creating in our workplace.  Please attend your building-level union member meetings to learn more, get acquainted with your CPEA building representatives, and stay engaged in your union by following us on various social media platforms.

          As we celebrate our success, let’s not forget that our classified colleagues are working without a contract and are also seeking a fair contract settlement with CPSD.  Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to support their struggle for pay equity and better working conditions.

          If you would like more information about how to get more involved in your union, call me at 253-582-1822, ext. 105 or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Proudly yours in solidarity!

Jim Schell

President, Clover Park Education Association






Frequently Asked Questions: Freedom Foundation vs. WEA


  1. What is the Freedom Foundation?


    • According to information from its website, the Freedom Foundation is a non-profit political action group created 25 years ago in Washington State to oppose collective bargaining and union advocacy through the use of lawsuits and media campaigns. They have sued for the right to access union membership lists as part of their mission. They are funded by ultra-rightwing conservative donors like the Koch brothers and other industrialists who would like to privatize public education and take away your right to organize and advocate for better pay and working conditions. [Read more  . . . ]  



CPEA 1st Quarter Update                                  October 27, 2017


Happy Fall greetings to all of you!  Here’s a quick update on some items of mutual interest and importance…


1)      Today marks the end of the first quarter of CPSD’s academic year.  That means it is report card time for secondary educators.  But due to new contract provisions, elementary folks who are now on a trimester grading routine still have a few weeks before that work is due (December 1).


2)      The new PLC routine is still causing some angst for many of you.  If you have reason to believe that your building’s expectations regarding PLCs are not consistent with the CPEA contract, report your concerns to one of your building union representatives or call CPEA President, Jim Schell at 253-582-1822, ext. 12.


3)      Class size and safety concerns are also of foremost concern to many of you.  Please continue to document and report your class size overages to building administration to determine remedies and/or compensation.  Educator safety is an important part of your contractual protection and a matter of administrative responsibility.  Please report any unresolved concerns promptly to CPEA.


4)      It’s time to flip the calendar to November and that means it is voting season.  Besides our state and local elections (November 7), CPEA also has an election process underway.  We will be selecting our delegates to the annual WEA and NEA conventions, filling vacant Executive Board positions, and voting on recommended changes to CPEA By-laws and Constitution.  Look for a link on your home email to vote from November 13th to 17th. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to express your opinion and exercise your franchise!


Yours in solidarity,


Jim Schell

CPEA President



May 19, 2017

Greetings CPEA members! 

This year has seen a great deal of change. Following the overwhelming approval of our new contract last Spring, CPEA leaders have worked to communicate and advocate for our new contract language and your rights. The following subjects have been of particular focus:

Special Education.....

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December 19, 2016

Holiday Greetings CPEA Members!

Here’s to a relaxing and reinvigorating Holiday break for all of you who work so hard for our students and families!

Please take some time for yourself and indulge in the love and company of family and friends; the people who keep us going when it gets challenging. 

A sincere thanks from your professional union in recognition of all you do and the commitment you bring to a job well done!

See you all in the New Year!


Yours in solidarity,


Jim Schell
President, Clover Park Education Association
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December 2, 2016

Holiday Greetings fellow CPEA members!

     As we find ourselves looking forward to the holidays, I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank you all for everything you do for our students and fellow colleagues.  I am constantly reminded of how selflessly you all give heart and soul to our work and those we serve.

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