Public School Finance and Collective Bargaining
Collective bargaining results in Collective Bargaining Agreements or contracts between the school district and various groups. Bargaining refers to the negotiation process between a union (on behalf of the bargaining unit it represents) and an employer to work out an agreement that will govern the terms and conditions of the workers' employment.
The National Labor Relations Act requires a duly elected union and an employer to meet and negotiate over wages, hours, and other employment terms, as well as to negotiate over issues that may arise under an existing CBA.
South Whidbey School District has four unions, and we work with each employee group to negotiate and update CBAs:
Certificated staff (other than Administrators) including teachers, counselors, etc.: South Whidbey Education Association (SWEA)
Some of our Classified Staff (para educators, secretaries, etc.): Public School Employees (PSE)
Some of our Classified Staff (food service, transportation, custodial, etc.): Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Principals and assistant principals: South Whidbey School District Principals Association
WSSDA’s executive director, Tim Garchow, has released a statement on 2018-2019 school district budgets and collective bargaining. It is on the WSSDA homepage and also appeared in eClippings this morning.