Educational assistants settle contract

June 29, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Issaquah School Board approved a new three-year contract for Issaquah School District educational assistants at its meeting June 23.

Educational assistants’ union representatives reached the agreement with district officials May 27. The union’s membership met June 15 and approved it.

Included in the contract are:

  • For each year of the contract, educational assistants will earn an additional 10 cents an hour, a raise of 30 cents an hour by the time the contract expires.
  • Educational assistants must be rated by their supervisors as performing satisfactorily on a performance review prior to being able to transfer to another location.
  • A management rights provision was added to the contract that explains what rights district officials and supervisors have.

The contract expires Aug. 31, 2013.

The school board’s vote was unanimous. Board member Brian Deagle was absent from the meeting.

The contract was negotiated and approved much more quickly than the prior contract, which expires Aug. 31. That contract took nearly a year to ratify, because union and district officials disagreed over job description definitions and duties, and contract language.

“This was a very brief bargaining in that both parties were interested in generating a settlement,” district Director of Employee Relations Milton Ellis wrote in an e-mail.

The educational assistants’ union representative could not be reached for comment prior to The Press’ deadline Monday.

District officials began the school year knowing they had four contracts to negotiate prior to the start of the 2010-11 school year. All but one, the secretaries’ contract, has been negotiated.

Secretaries’ union representatives and district officials meet again Aug. 12.

On June 9, the school board approved a four-year teachers’ contract. The school bus drivers’ three-year contract was approved May 12.

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