Teachers, EAs reach tentative agreement

June 8, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah School District and union officials have reached a tentative contract for teachers and educational assistants.

The tentative agreements were reached May 27 for educational assistants, and June 1 for teachers, according to a district press release.

“The association is very pleased that we have a tentative agreement to bring to our members,” Issaquah Education Association President Neva Luke said in an interview. “The bargaining teams of the district and the association made completing this important work a top priority and spent many, many hours working to achieve this settlement.”

Few details are known about the agreement, since it has yet to be ratified by the unions’ members and the school board.

Teachers were scheduled to meet June 8, after The Press’ deadline, to vote on the contract; the educational assistants will meet June 15.

If the contracts are approved, they will go to the school board for approval at an upcoming meeting. The next school board meetings are June 9 and 23.

District officials began this school year knowing they had four contracts to negotiate before the beginning of the next school year — those of teachers, educational assistants, secretaries and bus drivers. All were set to expire Aug. 31.

District officials and bus drivers reached a negotiated three-year contract in early May. School board members approved the drivers’ contract May 12.

Secretaries’ representatives and district officials continue to meet for negotiations. Their next meeting is June 23.

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

On the Web

Learn more about the district’s labor negotiations here.

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