Issaquah School Board approves contract for educational assistants

June 29, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 6 a.m. June 29, 2010

The Issaquah School Board approved a three-year contract for school district educational assistants last week.

Educational assistants’ union representatives reached a tentative agreement with district officials May 27. The union’s membership met June 15 and approved the contract. Board members approved the labor pact June 23.

“This was a very brief bargaining in that both parties were interested in generating a settlement,” the district’s Director of Employee Relations Milton Ellis wrote in an e-mail. “The parties met on three occasions to reach a contract settlement.”

The contract includes:

  • For each year of the contract, educational assistants will earn an additional 10 cents per hour; a raise of 30 cents per hour by the time the contract expires Aug. 31, 2013.
  • In regard to transfers, 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 board’s vote was unanimous among members Suzanne Weaver, Jan Woldseth, Chad Magendanz and Marnie Maraldo. Board member Brian Deagle was absent from the meeting.

The contract was negotiated and approved much more quickly than the previous 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.

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 the new, four-year teachers’ contract. The school bus drivers’ three-year contract was approved May 12.

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