On August 31, 2010, contracts expire for four Issaquah School District employee groups: Teachers (certificated staff), bus drivers, educational assistants, and secretaries. Because public employees in Washington are required to join unions and bargain for wages, hours, and conditions of employment, teams from the Issaquah School District and each labor group will begin meeting in spring 2010 to negotiate new labor agreements.
To prepare for the negotiations, the District and the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) have jointly participated in interest-based bargaining (IBB) training with the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). This is a negotiation method in which both sides bring interests-rather than positions-to the table and work toward collaborative solutions that benefit both sides. Components of interest-based bargaining include brainstorming and consensus decision-making. When the teams reach a satisfactory solution to an interest/issue, they will enter into a "tentative agreement" (TA) and then move on to another interest/issue. The final contract is the combination of all of the TAs; it must be approved by both the labor group's membership and the Issaquah School Board before it becomes official. During the negotiations process, the teams may discover that an interest exceeds the scope of the contract (wages, hours, and working conditions), and they can agree to address the interest outside of bargaining.
If the negotiations teams encounter an impasse while searching for mutually acceptable solutions, either party can petition PERC
for assistance—likely in the form of third-party mediation.Teachers (certificated staff)
- 2010-2014 contract
- 2007-2010 contract
- Meeting dates (if needed): Meeting dates (if needed): March 8 (negotiations teams met with PTSA to have a conversation about community values), March 17 (interest-based bargaining training with PERC), April 6, 8, 16, 20, 23, 30; May 4, 7, 12, 19, 21, 25; and June 1 and 4
- Ratification: Four-year agreement approved by the School Board on June 9.
- 2007-2010 contract
- Meeting dates (if needed): April 14, 2010 (tentative), and May 27
- Ratification: Three-year agreement approved by the School Board on June 23.
Follow this link for all District labor agreements