Seattle teachers get 11% pay raise over 3 years in draft of new contract

Aug 26, 2019 by

The tentative agreement also secures funding for 10 school counselors, three nurses and two family support workers who work with low-income students.

Seattle public school teachers and classified employees would get another double-digit raise over the next three years under a new draft contract given initial approval by the teachers union this weekend.

Seattle Public Schools management and labor agreed on the terms of the contract late Saturday, skirting the suspense that surrounded last year’s negotiations, when the union authorized a strike just days before school began to speed up a deal. The union’s members will vote on the contract at a general membership meeting in downtown Seattle on Tuesday.

“It should be an easy vote,” said Kate Eads, a member of the Seattle Education Association’s bargaining team. “There’s not a big drive for anything that’s missing.”

The draft contract includes an 11.1% raise over three years for teachers, according to a summary of the new deal emailed to union members Sunday evening. Classified employees of the school district, which include paraeducators and instructional assistants — paid significantly less on average — would receive a slightly higher raise of 12.1% during the same period.

The tentative agreement also secures funding for 10 school counselors, three nurses and two family support workers who work with low-income students. In addition, it requires the district to provide hundreds of thousands in funds for stipends and costs related to expanding teams of educators that help respond to racial bias at around half of Seattle’s schools.

The raises provided in the tentative agreement are a far cry from what the district had originally said it could afford, about 2%. But pressure from the union — including public demonstrations and an audit of the district’s budgets and spending —appeared to shift the dynamic over the weekend. If the union’s members and the School Board approve the deal, the salary range for Seattle teachers would be roughly $62,000 to $124,000 by 2022, the year the contract would end.

Source: Seattle teachers get 11% pay raise over 3 years in draft of new contract | The Seattle Times

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