September 12, 2007
Lake Washington Education Association
We’re getting ready to bargain a new contract and need your help
Since this is the third year of our 3-year contract with (OT/PTs, SLPs, psychologists, PE/Music, counselors,
the Lake Washington School District, we’ve begun the special education, librarians, staff development, etc.).
process of bargaining a new contract to replace this one
when it expires. While much of the actual work of September 2007 Bargaining team is formulated.
negotiating a new contract will be done by your LWEA
October 2007 Bargaining team meets for team-building.
Bargaining Team and LWEA Executive Committee, we
need your help in order to ensure that we’re October 2007 Bargaining team attends WEA
representing your interests accurately. bargaining training.
Specifically, we need you to attend your building’s January 2008 Bargaining team meets to go over all
bargaining meeting this fall. data collected from buildings, ongoing bargaining file,
building reps, and all other sources, including the
What you tell us at these meetings will be key to forming
our interests and issues at the bargaining table. We need
to know how you feel about the things that affect your January 2008 Electronic all-member bargaining
daily working life. Your building rep will be notifying survey is conducted.
you of the date and time for your meeting, and we’re
hoping that you’ll make every effort to attend. January 2008 LWEA and LWSD bargaining teams
participate in joint bargaining training. LWEA and
In the meantime, we thought you’d like to have a LWSD bargaining topics are identified and assigned to
comprehensive picture of what the bargaining process joint subcommittees.
looks like as we go through this year:
Jan.-April 2008 Bargaining subcommittees meet to
2005-ongoing Collecting info for our bargaining file develop proposals for the new contract.
from any member who has contacted the Association
with any bargaining-related issue. Late April 2008 LWEA and LWSD teams are
sequestered for a week to work out a tentative
Spring 2007 Building reps gathered informal input agreement.
from staff and shared at the May LWEA Rep Assembly
meeting. May 2008 Tentative agreement, if reached, is brought
to LWEA Executive Committee and LWEA Rep
August 2007 LWEA Executive Committee studied the Assembly for approval.
ongoing bargaining file and building rep input and
identified possible bargaining issues. Executive May 2008 General membership meeting is held to
Committee also examined our current contract for ratify the new contract.
potential bargaining items.
May-August 2008 Bargaining continues if tentative
Sept.-Dec. 2007 50+ bargaining input meetings to be agreement is not reached during sequestered
held in every building and for special interest groups bargaining.
FYI Communicating information
news to our members
Insurance coverage for Sick leave taken in less than ½
dependents up to age 25 day increments
Great news! The age of dependent coverage for LWSD Your contract allows you the choice of taking sick
benefits has increased from age 23 to 25 and dependents leave, particularly for medical appointments, in full or
no longer have to be in school. If you dropped your half-day increments, or for the actual amount of time
dependents from your insurance plans when they reached you are away from work.
23, they can be re-added to your plan.
Although substitutes must be contracted in half-day
To enroll your dependent, you will need to complete a increments, the amount of time charged against your
new enrollment form and return it prior to sick leave need only be the time you are gone. For
September 14 for coverage starting October 1, 2007; example, if you leave for the dentist at 10:30 and return
or by October 15 for coverage starting November 1, at 12:00, your sick leave balance will only be charged
2007. The final deadline to enroll a dependent is the for 1.5 hours. Your sub, however, will be in your
end of the open enrollment period (October 15). building for 3.5 hours, and may either assist you or be
assigned other work by the principal.
Keep in mind that you can add your dependents to the
vision and dental plans at no additional cost. Additions You still have the option of taking the time off in entire
to your medical plan, however, will increase your half-day increments and having your sick leave charged
monthly premium. for that time.
Enrollment forms are available on the Portal under Also, you might not be aware that you can request
Payroll and Benefits. half-day subs for midday, rather than just AM or
PM. For example, you can get a sub for time slots
such as 10:00 – 1:30 if that works out better for
your medical appointment
Lake Washington Education Association www.lakewashingtonea.org
President - Kevin Teeley Junior High Rep - Lucy Davies LWEA Office
LWEA / 425 822-9898 Resource Ctr / 425 702-3260 10628 NE 37th Circle, Kirkland 98033
firstname.lastname@example.org Senior High Rep – David McGibney 425 822-9898 phone
Vice President – Mike Blodgett EHS / 425-836-6600 425 827-7220 fax
Kirkland / 425 822-6224 Special Services Rep - Laurie Harrison UniServ Rep: Jim Fotter
RHS / 425 498-7130 email@example.com
Primary Rep - Jane Wartenbe
Einstein / 425 558-7973 Specialist Rep – Jim Eaton Admin Assistant: Sheila Hagerman
Resource Ctr / 425 702-3363 firstname.lastname@example.org
Intermediate Rep - Peggy Solum Admin Assistant: Ila Rhea Morrow
Ethnic Minority Rep – Ernest Young
Frost / 425 821-8238 Kamiakin / 425-823-6750 email@example.com
Plan to attend Did you know?
The annual Benefits Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Your family is covered (at no extra charge) under your
October 4, from 12 noon to 6 PM. This is a perfect dental and vision plans, which includes your spouse or
time to evaluate your current benefits selections and domestic partner and children up to age 25. However,
to make sure that your dollars are being used in a way your medical plan premium does increase if you add
that stretches your state allocation as far as possible. dependents, depending on the number of people that
In addition to being able to talk with representatives
from all of the different insurance companies, there If you haven’t listed your family on your dental or
will be door prizes, snacks, and much more! Mark vision plan enrollment forms, you do need to add them
your calendar – plan to be there! – it isn’t automatic. To obtain an enrollment form, go
to the LWSD Portal – Payroll and Benefits.
Use this link to access the medical comparison
summary and premiums chart on to the LWSD Portal.
Thanks to your union…
IA time to be determined Then: Teachers purchased materials and supplies for
their classroom out of their own pocket and received no
Each junior and senior high building is entitled to
reimbursement. In addition, there was no
receive 30 minutes of IA time per FTE classroom
reimbursement of tuition or extra work done outside of
teacher. This time may be used for instructional
the regular work day.
assistants or other direct help to relieve workload.
The staff of each building should meet each fall to
Now: Teachers receive the $2,000 Professional Fund
determine how this time will be used.
which can be used to:
• Cover classroom materials
• Home DSL or high speed internet service
What in the world is WAC • Membership to professional organizations
time? • Tuition for continuing education classes
Conference fees and materials
“WAC time” refers to the period of time before school • Payment of student loans incurred after
begins and after school ends that you’re required to be employment
in the building. WAC refers to “Washington • Up to 8 half days of salary for extra work.
Administrative Code,” which is a listing of all the rules
and regulations that schools, districts, and school
employees must follow.
Under the law, WAC time exists to ensure that parents Calendar
and students can access teachers at designated times of
the day. While this doesn’t mean that teachers have to
sit in their classrooms and wait just in case a student or Sept. 18 Rep Assembly
parent drops in, it does mean that if a parent or student
wants to schedule a meeting with a teacher, the teacher
must be available to meet with them during those times.
Sept. 24 School Board Meeting
You are not expected to supervise students during WAC Sept. 25 Executive Committee
time. You can feel free to be away from your classroom
running copies or doing other prep work for your Oct. 4 Benefits Fair, 12-6 PM
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