Bargaining Updates

One of the major roles of the association is to bargain and enforce contract language for members.  Right now, we are in the midst of the full contract bargain. Look below for updates!

Full Contract Bargain - 2021

BEA Initial Proposals

BSD Initial Proposals

 

Update – September 30, 2021

Dear Fellow BEA Members:

Yesterday, your bargaining team met with the district team for our first joint bargaining session this school year, and our seventh session overall.  We were at the table yesterday  for seven hours and met in-person for the first time with the district team (observing COVID-19 safety protocols of course!).

This bargain is our “Big Bargain” for our full contract (also called a collective bargaining agreement).  This is different from the bargaining that we’ve been participating in for the MOUs since the pandemic started, which have addressed COVID-19 health and safety protections, remote instruction, etc.  MOUs are short term agreements, while the language we’re able to secure in the full contract will affect our jobs for many years to come (and will often serve as steps in progressively stronger contracts during subsequent bargains).

During the session yesterday, the BEA team shared counter proposals on Article 2 (Association Rights and Responsibilities), Article 4 (Grievance Procedure), Article 6 (Complaints Concerning Employee Performance), and Article 8 (Employee Rights and Responsibilities).  The BSD team shared their counter proposal for Article 9 (Safe Learning Environment).

Our team is consistently pushing for more member input, transparent processes and policies, and student and staff safety and well-being in our proposals and discussions.  During our discussion today, we emphasized the need for support to implement restorative justice practices throughout the district, and how we can best protect our students and staff from harm.

Note that we are exchanging proposals a few articles at a time as we move through the whole contract.  Typically, compensation (which includes salary and benefits) is bargained toward the end of negotiations to ensure that we have secured the language changes that are important to members, that we have a complete financial picture, and to account for any other costs that arise due to agreed upon language in other parts of the contract.

We need members to be engaged in this bargain so we have the full power of the membership with us at the table.  You can show solidarity with the bargaining team by wearing red on Thursdays. Your building’s Contract Action Team (CAT) member has a little more information about the bargaining session, so be sure to check in with them if you have questions.  If your building doesn’t have a CAT member and you’re interested in serving in that role, please fill out this form.

Our next session with the BSD team is on Thursday, October 14th from 5-9 pm. Thank you for your engagement and support!

In Solidarity,

Your BEA Bargaining Team
Suzanne Albrich, Cooper Mountain teacher, Bargaining Chair
Aarti Kamalahasan, Elementary TOSA
Alysoun Lowe, International School of Beaverton teacher
Erin Gettling, Bethany teacher
Vince Kirnak, Aloha HS teacher
Lindsay Ray, BEA Vice President
Sara Schmitt, BEA President
Lesly Muñoz, OEA Consultant
Box Bond, OEA Consultant

Update – June 11, 2021

Dear Fellow BEA Members:

Last evening, your bargaining team met with the District for our third full contract bargaining session. As a reminder, we are negotiating the language of our full contract in this bargain. This is our opportunity to make lasting and meaningful change for students, families and educators who attend and work in the Beaverton School District.

At the onset of this bargaining process, both BEA and the District shared proposals that represented a significant number of each team’s priorities for this contract negotiation. The proposals that BEA has put forward thus far don’t include compensation (like salary, benefits, extended responsibilities and stipends).  We are currently analyzing the BSD budget and will put forward a proposal that focuses on better aligning educator compensation with our actual responsibilities and workload.

As we continue to bargain with the district, we are committed to honoring the importance, experience, and impact of every educator. While we know our final contract will not be perfect, we will not leave anyone behind in our commitment to reaching the best settlement possible.

At last night’s bargaining session, the following proposals were discussed:

  • Association Rights and Responsibilities – how we are able to access information and represent members
  • Grievance Procedure – timelines and processes for addressing contract violations
  • Adverse Criticism – whether members should be notified when a building administrator places information in their working file
  • Safe Learning Environment – whether educators have the right to make decisions about the safety of students
  • PTO days – A “buy-back” of remaining PTO when members notify BSD of their intent to retire by a certain date

We know that after such a challenging year, and immediately following the bargaining campaigns for CDL guidelines, Hybrid Instruction guidelines, and our financial re-opener that another bargaining campaign can seem daunting. However, we cannot overstate the importance of this full contract bargain. Every two to three years BEA educators have the opportunity to sit across from District administrators and use our collective voice to advocate for a public school system where students are better able to learn, and where educators are free to do what we do best – educate our students. 

Crafting and securing a contract that accomplishes these goals will require all of us working together to hold the District accountable – and we know that as we wrap up this school year, that task might seem a little overwhelming. That’s why BEA and BSD are discussing pausing our contract negotiations for a period of time over the summer – to ensure that our members have a chance to relax and recharge so we can fight for the strongest contract possible. We hope that you’ll use this time for some much-needed rest, because when we return to the bargaining table we need to come back in force.

If you have additional questions about the full contract bargain, or want to learn more about BEA’s contract proposals – please visit our Bargaining page and our FAQ page.

In solidarity,

Your BEA Bargaining Team
Suzanne Albrich, Cooper Mountain teacher, Bargaining Chair
Aarti Kamalahasan, Sato teacher
Alysoun Lowe, International School of Beaverton teacher
Erin Gettling, Bethany teacher
Heather Bartos, Cedar Park teacher
Lindsay Ray, BEA Vice President
Sara Schmitt, BEA President
Vince Kirnak, Aloha HS teacher
Lesly Muñoz, OEA Consultant
Box Bond, OEA Consultant

Update – May 27, 2021

Your BEA Bargaining Team has held two sessions of negotiations with the BSD Bargaining Team to begin negotiating our new contract.  Both teams shared their guiding principles, as well as their initial proposals and rationale.

The BEA team highlighted the following guiding principles and interests, which were informed by input from members, research by the Negotiations Advisory Committee, and member survey data:

  • Restorative practices
  • Recruitment and retention of BIPOC educators
  • Responsive Student Services that meet the individual needs of students
  • Protected member-directed time
  • Compensation to recruit and retain the best educators
  • Student-centered decisions about instruction

We talked about the importance of each of these interests in our opening statement, which you can find here.  We invite you to read through BEA’s opening statement, as it reflects the collective voices of our association.

The BSD team brought a short list of contract updates related to state statutes and some clarification of wording. By their own description, these are more updates rather than substantive changes that would really change much for educators.  This makes sense as the current contract has language that favors the district and parts of our contract leave us with little power to address important issues.

However, the BEA team believes that there are a significant number of things to improve in our contract and a lot of big issues to tackle.  We have opened multiple articles and have proposed substantive changes that would impact things like plan time, caseload/class size and respect for the professionalism of educators.  The changes we are bringing to the table are necessary for improving the teaching and learning environment for students and educators, and are things that we know are important to you, through the information you’ve shared with our team.

With all of the improvements we are pushing for, we know we have a long road ahead of us, and your BEA Bargaining Team needs the power of our membership behind us so that we can demand language that will help our students and educators to thrive.  Please check in with your Contract Action Team (CAT) member to stay informed on the happenings at the bargaining table and ways for you to support the team.  Our next bargaining session with the BSD team will be on June 10th.  Until then… remember to wear Red for Ed on Thursdays to show solidarity!

In unity,

Your BEA Bargaining Team
Suzanne Albrich, Cooper Mountain teacher, Bargaining Chair
Aarti Kamalahasan, Sato teacher
Alysoun Lowe, International School of Beaverton teacher
Erin Gettling, Bethany teacher
Heather Bartos, Cedar Park teacher
Lindsay Ray, BEA Vice President
Sara Schmitt, BEA President
Vince Kirnak, Aloha HS teacher
Lesly Muñoz, OEA Consultant
Box Bond, OEA Consultant

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Our contract expires in June of 2021, so we’ll be starting bargaining in early spring of 2021.

Are you curious about how bargaining works or how you can get involved?  Check out this great video by BEA President Sara Schmitt and BEA Vice President Lindsay Ray explaining the process and describing opportunities for members to be a part of the bargaining process.

Here’s a shorter version of that video with the highlights (our two and a half minute TLDR version):

There are SO many ways that our members can be involved in the bargaining process.  If you’re interested in being on one one of our bargaining committees (the Negotiations Advisory Committee, the Organizing Committee, the Contract Action Team, or the Bargaining Team), please let us know here.