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Statement Regarding SEIU / PSE Grievance

Posted by L Michelle on January 07, 2019

The Issaquah School District respects and deeply appreciates the important contribution of all our classified employees. The work they perform in our schools is absolutely vital to creating a safe and welcoming environment that supports teaching and learning. Unfortunately, the District finds itself in a disagreement with the Paraprofessional’s Union, known as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Educational Office Personnel Union, known as the Public School Employees Union (PSE).

The disagreement is with regard to cost of living adjustments for the 2018-2019 contract year within the Collective Bargaining Agreement dated September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2021.

  • The District position is that the State of Washington did not identify nor allocate through legislation or initiative any COLA or pass-through for the 2018-2019 contract year, thus there is no misinterpretation or misapplication of the closed Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs).
  • The cost of living increase adjustments (COLA) referenced in the CBAs that has been allocated by the state and subject to the requirements of RCW 28A.400.206 are no longer allocated to the District under the new structure of EHB 2242 (2017) and ESSB 6362 (2018) as they have been previously.
  • The 1.9% and 3.1% numbers referenced in the grievances are not a COLA funded by the State and allocated to the District, as asserted. These numbers were measurements determined by the IPD and consumer price index metric, respectively, for the 2017 calendar year and represents an expenditure restriction imposed by the State.
  • Washington State school districts are historically required to certify through F-196 that funds allocated by the State for COLA are expended accordingly. OSPI has informed the District there is no such requirement for the 2018-2019 contract year because no such funds were allocated by the State.
  • Lastly, a review of the link below, through the public school section, in any year except 2018-2019 provides an allocation of COLA. Again, there is no COLA or pass-through allocated to the District for the 2018-2019 contract year. 

Please access the following links for more information.

http://fiscal.wa.gov/BudgetOBillsLBNs

Link to the 2017-2021 ISD-SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement

Link to the 2017-2021 ISD-PSE Collective Bargaining Agreement

January 16, 2019 - Response to news that PSE/SEIU have authorized a strike

The District is surprised by the decision of the PSE and SEIU to take a vote to strike. We have contracts with both that include language that outlines the process by which disagreements are to be resolved. At this point, the grievance process outlined in the contracts, that were mutually agreed to, has not yet been completed. According to these contracts, the next step is arbitration.