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 several bargains.  Look below to learn about the bargaining process and find out how you can get involved.

Return to In-Person Instruction 2021

Limited In Person Instruction (LIPI)/Hybrid Instruction

Update – Februrary 25, 2021


Update – February 17, 2021

Things are changing all the time, and we’re trying to stay on top of them.  Thank you so much for completing the survey–it always helps to have our members’ thoughts to back us up.  We’re bargaining Thursday and Friday (February 18th and 19th) and will have an update soon!

Update – February 2, 2021

We met with the district team last Thursday and received their counterproposal.  We’ve outlined a few key differences in our proposals here.  We’re meeting with them again on Thrusday, February 4th, and are working right now on our counter.  We’ll have more information after our Thursday meeting, and we’ll get a video update on here very soon!

Update – January 21, 2021

We were scheduled to meet with the district today, but the district team has asked to use that time to work on their response to this.  While we were hopeful to meet today, we’re hopeful that this means they are working toward a productive response to our lengthy list of proposals.

Our next meeting is Friday, January 29, 2 – 5 pm.  We’ll update you soon after that!

Update – January 15, 2021

Here is the full list of proposals we presented to the BSD team on January 14, 2021.

Here are the complete survey results from our membership survey that closed on January 8, 2021.

Update – December 19, 2021

We issued a demand to bargain over working conditions for LIPI and hybrid instruction on November 3, 2020.  We have met with the district team a few times to hear their draft plans for returning to school.  We are currently working on our proposals and will be focusing on the health and safety of our members, especially in light of Governor Brown’s December 23rd announcement allowing districts to treat the metrics guiding in-person instruction as advisory rather than mandatory.  Our next meeting with the district team is on Thursday, January 14th.  Check back here for updates!

Comprehensive Distance Learning

When it became apparent that our members would not be returning to school in any “normal” fashion this fall, BEA issued a demand to bargain.  As an association, we are entitled to bargain any changes to our members’ working conditions.

We met with the district team from August to October and finally agreed on an MOU that would dictate working conditions during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

Full Contract Bargain - Spring 2021
Our contract expires in June of 2021, so we’ll be starting bargaining in early spring next year.

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.

Financial Reopener 2020-21
After putting this bargain on pause in the spring of 2020, we are in the midst of bargaining sessions for financials (salary and benefits) right now.  We’ve put together this quick two-pager for information on where we’ve been with this bargain (and past bargains) and where we are now.

The BEA Bargaining Team for the Financial Reopener includes:

  • Suzanne Albrich (Cooper Mountain ES)
  • Wendy Evans (Oak Hills ES)
  • Erin Gettling (Bethany ES)
  • Vince Kirnak (Aloha HS)
  • Brooke Warren (ACMA)
  • Sara Schmitt (BEA President)
  • Lindsay Ray (BEA Vice President)
  • Lesly Muñoz (OEA Consultant)

Check the calendar for bargaining dates, and check your email for updates.

Update – January 15, 2021

After months of negotiations, your BEA bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with BSD for a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) retroactive to the start of the contract year. We still have a few steps to go through before this is official, but we’re excited to have reached an agreement.

Synopsis of this Financial Reopener:
This has been a hard-fought negotiation that started during the full-contract bargain in the spring of 2019. As a reminder, at that time BSD was still reeling from a huge miscalculation in the budget that led to a multi-million dollar shortfall. BEA asked to address the compensation piece for the second year of our contract after a year to allow BSD to get its shit together. We started this financial reopener in April of 2020. At that time, we proposed a 2% COLA and reimbursement for members on the Regence Purple plan to keep insurance costs unchanged from the previous year. The BSD team offered 0% for a COLA and nothing for offsetting insurance. In June of 2020, we recognized that the pandemic was causing much uncertainty in the financial picture for the district and the state, and agreed to pick up negotiations in the fall of 2020 when things would be clearer.

When we returned in the fall, despite growing reserves and a better than expected financial outlook, the BSD team remained unchanged in their offer of 0%. Due to the completely different budgetary landscape that had emerged, our team proposed a 3% COLA, and no increase to insurance. The BSD team implied that we were engaging in regressive bargaining and did not make a counterproposal for the next couple of bargaining sessions. Finally, on December 17th, the district team offered a 1.2% COLA. When we reconvened in the new year, there were a flurry of proposals exchanged (we offered 2.6%, they came back with 1.5%, and we countered with 2.25%). After several lengthy conversations, we were able to agree on 2%.

What’s Next?
We think this is the best possible result we could get at this time, especially given the broader context of the pandemic and our limited ability to build community support, and we’re proud to have secured a fair cost of living increase. That said, we know that our members have seen financial losses due to PERS cuts and rising insurance costs, and we are committed to recouping those losses in the future.

Speaking of the future, we are turning around to start our full-contract bargain in a few short weeks, and we know that BSD is still sitting on substantial reserves. We’re hopeful that during that bargain we’ll be able to make gains across our whole collective bargaining agreement, including a fair COLA.


Update – January 6, 2021

We’ve been so busy this week that we haven’t been able to record a video, but we wanted to let you know that we made some movement.  At the end of the last bargaining session, the district team offered a 1.2% COLA.

In this session, we started with a counterproposal of 2.6% and they came back with 1.5% after a long caucus.  We discussed this and went back with 2.25%, citing the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which shows inflation in our area, as well as the cuts made to our PERS accounts in the last legislative session.  The district team went to caucus, and needed more time than what we had alotted.  We’re very happy that the district is moving, and we’re hopeful about next steps.

Our next session is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12th from 8:30-10:00 AM.  We’ll get you an update soon after that!

Update – December 17, 2020:

Update – December 4, 2020:

Update – November 24, 2020. This video debriefs our first session this year for our financial reopener.