Member Support for Furlough and Reduction of Hours

With the recent decision by the district to proceed with furloughs and reduced hours, ESPCP has worked with the Washington State Labor Council to bring in support to the affected members.  


Reduction in force, furloughs and reduction in hours qualifies employees for unemployment benefits. Visit the Employment Security Department’s to begin the process of filing an unemployment claim. 

This furloughs and reduction in hours are effective beginning September 2 and are anticipated to last during the remote instruction period.  

Do your best to file your claim with the information that you know. Your last day of pay is Aug 31st. The last day of work was June 19. You will begin your claim starting August 30. 



Here is a list of resources available for each member to access as you go through the process of applying for Unemployment Insurance. 

01-WorkSourceWA_Job Seekers-200106.pdf (1.2 MB)

08-Create a SAW Account_200106.pdf  (1.6 MB)

09-RR-ApplyForUI_200106.pdf(1.2 MB)

Assistance for Laid off workers.pdf (754.7 KB)

Pierce County RapidResponseDeckV8 -DOL.pdf (527 KB)

eservices-claimant-user-guide-english.pdf  (1.2 MB)


Original email sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:14 AM


August 25, 2020

Dear ESPCP Members,

It is truly with heavy heart and much pain that I must inform you of ESPCP members being either furloughed or cut in hours. I never thought that I would be sending out a message to all of you such as this. I have included information for each group that ESPCP represents. 

Transportation : All drivers being furloughed except 20 – most senior. Mechanics – furloughed and reduced to 4.

Paraeducators: All Paras (both Sped and regular ed) are reduced in hours to 6 hours per day.  Pre-school paras and Early Learning paras may be transferred to other work sites as day care assistants.

S1: Clerks:  There will be reduction in hours for most of you. If you are a health clerk and have been working additional time as attendance you will lose this extra time.

Campus Supervisors : If you are the sole campus supervisor at your work site you should be remaining at your work site. If you work at one of the high schools, you will probably be sent to an elementary school to continue your duties.

Student Nutrition : Furloughs for all except leads.  There may be additional help needed, but people will be called back in seniority order.

This is important to know: Everyone who is being furloughed or experiencing a cut in hours should apply for unemployment benefits immediately. There is a cutoff date to apply for unemployment benefits, it’s August 31st. It is critical that you file immediately.

Things you should know:

Furlough:  What does this mean? You remain an employee of the district – you are not laid off. You will still be covered by medical benefits – the district will pay their portion, but you will pay yours – probably need to send a check every month. The amount you will be paying is the amount on your pay stubs.

Unemployment purposes : Unless you are a 260 day employee, you should use the actual last day you worked to answer the unemployment question. You do get paid during the summer, but it is because your pay is prorated.  Have at least 6 months of paystubs at the ready.

Notices will be sent out by district Human Resource office no later than Wednesday, August 26th.

I know many of you are wondering what about what your duties will be. I honestly do not have an answer. The information I have just given you all became official yesterday. I am more than frustrated that the CPSD waited so long to make a decision. Now folks who are being furloughed or have their hours cut are scrambling to apply for unemployment. I know it will cause financial hardship to many. This fact cannot be understated.

Is there hope for the future? I would say yes!  I just do not know when. I have advocated hard for the district not to furlough or cut hours because it is my belief, they will need us all even when school returns as a hybrid. I also want you to know that when funding begins to return to this district, we will be holding district officials accountable to call us all back. You may hear that there may be things in the works on a state level. That may be true, however, for those of you being furloughed or losing hours please continue to apply for unemployment benefits. If the district recalls you, that is great, but please do not delay. Look after your own financial needs. Do not wait.


  • To recap those departments being hit by furloughs: Transportation and Student Nutrition.
  • Reduction in hours: Paras to 6 hours and S1 clerks – each clerk throughout the district will be reduced differently.
  • Everyone, everyone who is either furloughed or getting a cut in hours needs to apply for unemployment benefits before August 31st.


On a personal note. I am so very sorry to the bearer of such bad news. I want you all to know that I am still here for you. Even if you are furloughed. Please reach out to me. If there are services that you need, I may be able to connect you with help. I know it has been rough; the anxiety and stress has been unbearable. We will get through this. I will keep pressing and advocating for us all to get our jobs back. I will not rest at all. In the meantime, do what you have to do for your families. Keep yourselves safe and well.

If you have questions, pelase email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 253-582-1822 x 101.

Please take care,

Irene Oda, ESPCP President 





 ORIGINAL EMAIL Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2020 2:30 pm

Summer 2020

House calls – done differently

Over the last few years, a team of fellow members and colleagues have paid you home visits. I has become quite a tradition, keeping up connectioned and answering questions about employment, benefits or contract issues. Needless to say, home visits this year are out of the question. We will be doing conversations a little differently. The team will be initially contacting you via text or email to arrange an “appointment” by phone. The intent is to know how you are doing and answer any questions you might have.

What happens next school year?

I have run out of adjectives to describe life since March. It seems to change every week. I, like others, breathed a sigh of relief with the “end of the school year,” although there are many of you who must continue to work through August. Everyone seems to welcome a bit of a break.

I do not pretend to know answers to what the plans are for next school year. I am not sure the CPSD has any firm ideas either. Plenty of discussions are underway and lots of plans within plans.

My hope is that our district is not shortsighted. It is my firm belief (no scientific backing at all) that sometime during 2020-21, we will be pivoting back to a “regular” back to normal in school. The district will need its full workforce. That is all of us. No cuts in positions and no reduction of hours.

So, for now I hope and pray for a few things:

  • Covid 19 numbers do not go up.
  • We all stay safe and healthy.
  • The Dept of Education in Wash DC supports districts
  • The Federal Government support our State Government in funds
  • Our State Government supports our school districts.

Why? School districts only survive on funding plain and simple. Our income comes from funding – local, state and federal. In other words – our jobs and income depend on this funding.

Friends, I remain hopeful. Stay healthy and stay strong. I know it is a stressful and emotional time. Please take time out for your own self-care. You are getting paid throughout the summer, no worries there.

Please take care,

Irene Oda, ESPCP President
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ORIGINAL EMAIL SENT: Friday, March 20, 2020 4:50 pm

COVID-19 Update for ESPCP Members

Dear Members,

Superintendent Banner has updated work expectations for employees from March 23 to March 27th. Please check below and/or your work emails.

Please remember everyone is subject to the terms of the MOU that was recently signed – you may be excused with a physician verification of being at risk to the Coronavirus.

Please understand that this situation is very fluid and may change at any time. There may be either new agreements or amendments as needed depending on the Governor’s orders. Your pay is secure and special COVID 19 leave is in place should members need to access special leave.

I want to reassure members that the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) is in place until school is resumed.

Please contact me with any of your questions, either via email or call me. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me: 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 253-582-1822x101

Irene Oda, President ESPCP
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 ORIGINAL EMAIL Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 3:36 PM

COIVID -19 Special Circumstances

Dear Members,

We are living in unprecedented times. It has been a very stressful and emotional past few days with much uncertainty. Even what I am about to report to you is potentially fluid and may change.

It was important to me as your leader to do two things

  • Keep you whole in pay – first and foremost.
  • Establish an emergency leave provision as a result of the Coronavirus

ESPCP has reached an agreement with the District that will ensure pay and benefits continue for classified employees in Clover Park. The agreement allows for at-home or on call assignments for many ESPCP members, as well as continued conversation with the district over what specific job duties will look like for different employee groups. Click here to learn more about reporting requirements.

Emergency Leave Provision:

  • Leave taken as a result of the Coronavirus shall not come out of personal or sick leave.

What does this mean? You can become affected in a variety of ways.

  • You are potentially in one of the high-risk categories I adults over age 60, or with weakened immune systems or have been advise by a physician to stay home. You will be required to provide a doctor’s statement. This can also be an email from the doctor, or they can email the district directly.
  • You have been directed to stay at home to be quarantined by a physician. Doctors statement will be needed.
  • If you have been directed to self-isolate by a medical or public official as a result of exposure. Physician verification will be required.

In addition to protecting pay and benefits, we recognize that schools and school district employees are a vital part of the safety net for our communities. The governor has directed that we continue to provide meals for our students as well as providing day-care for health care professionals and first responders, people who we will lean on heavily during this time of crisis.


In order to keep you whole (pay and benefits) you are going to be asked to work a little differently than usual. Some of you may be asked to work on a rotating basis, some will be asked to be on call and be ready to come to work the next day. Many of you will be working on a modified work schedule i.e. 3 days a week. Specific direction for job duties during the coming week will be relayed by building or work-site administrators. We are working with the district to ensure continued employment as well as safety for our members and vital services for our communities.

The Agreement, although valid for the duration of the shutdown, may be changed or modified. ESPCP will review on a regular basis. Dear members, circumstances may change very fast. There are plenty of unknowns going forward. I am including the full memo of our Agreement and reporting expectations for all of you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 253-582-1822x101

Irene Oda, President ESPCP




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Your ESPCP local union provides advocacy, bargaining, and other union support to about 600 secretaries, para-professionals, para-educators, bus drivers, mechanics, food service workers, licensed practical nurses, professional technical staff, and other classifications.

In the late 1980s, there was no representation for the classified staff in the Clover Park School District. Secretaries were mandated to work on school and sport nights. This was non-paid obligation. Classified employees had not had step increases for several years. Secretaries and paraeducators joined forces and created CPACE (Clover Park Association of Classified Employees). Today, we work alongside fellow union members that voted to create our union. Our union is affiliated with the state agency of Washington Education Association (WEA) and the country level of National Education Association (NEA). WEA provides satellite offices (ours is Soundview UniServ Council) which make access to union rep and support staff more accessible.

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