Bargaining Information

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. Tune in here to watch our next joint brgaining session with BSD on May 25th, 8:00-4:00 pm at the BEA Office. You can sign up to support the Bargaining Team in a variety of ways at bit.ly/BEABargain2022. Look below for more updates!

Bargaining Updates

Update – May 11, 2022

Hello BEA member, 

Your BEA Bargaining Team met on Wednesday with the BSD Bargaining team for almost eight hours. Here’s what you should know:

  • We made great progress on almost every remaining open article, and are optimistic about the direction of the bargain. 
  • We have reached agreement on language in Article 9 (Safe Learning Environment), and are very close to agreements in our proposals on Articles 4 (Grievance Procedures), 10 (Professional Working Conditions), and 11 (Work Year). 
  • Both teams are working to put together an MOU to outline a transfer process for next year that is more transparent and would allow members far more agency.  We are feeling positive about these discussions. 
  • Your BEA team shared proposals for Articles 18 (Compensation) and 19 (Group Insurance Benefits). BSD has indicated that they will bring a response to all articles at our next session.

You can see our complete proposals at beavertonea.org/bargaining.

We also want to answer a member question that keeps coming up: “If we don’t settle a contract by July 1st, can we still get a retroactive COLA?” The answer is yes. We are at the table to negotiate the terms and conditions of our contract, including pay for the life of the contract we are bargaining over. We have the right to demand retroactive pay for this year and the district can absolutely agree to that, even if the school year has ended. 

Our next joint session with the District is Wednesday, May 25th, 8 am – 4 pm.  You can support the Bargaining Team by:

  • Submitting public comment to the board between noon on May 19th and noon on May 23rd.  We will send out a template for these comments to make submission easy.
  • Wearing RED on Thursdays
  • Liking and sharing BEA’s social media posts
  • Checking with your building’s CAT member or Building Rep for info for other upcoming actions before our next session

We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table.

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

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Update – April 29, 2022

Hello BEA member, 

Your BEA Bargaining Team met yesterday with the BSD Bargaining team for a total of four hours.  Here’s what you should know:

  • Your BEA team brought proposals for Articles 9 (Safe Learning Environment), 10 (Employee Working Conditions), and 11 (Work Year):
    • We are working to provide students and members with safe learning environments, ensure accessible and practical student conduct plans, protect members’ plan time, and provide members more time to learn about and implement a full range of restorative practices in schools.
  • The BSD team brought a compensation counterproposal (Articles 18 and 19).  While we know that this is a negotiation and teams start from different positions, the BEA bargaining team was extremely disappointed by the District’s proposal.  We did not see members’ needs reflected, or an acknowledgement of the value of our hard work.
  • The BSD team also proposed language around Article 12 (Vacancies and Transfers) that included some agreements to our language. It was suggested that we codify a brand new transfer process (including a Job Expo) through an MOU (which is a temporary agreement) instead of in the contract so that we can trial the process, work out any kinks, and ensure that it serves members.  The ball is in our court with this article to bring them a counter-proposal to address this.

You can see our complete proposals at beavertonea.org/bargaining.

Our next joint session with the District is Wednesday, May 11th, 8:00 am – 4 pm.  You can support the Bargaining Team by:

  • Changing your social media profile to the BEA Bargaining sign (check with your CAT member about where to get this!)
  • Wearing RED on Thursdays
  • Liking and sharing BEA’s social media posts
  • Signing up at bit.ly/BEAbargain2022 for other ways to support the team
  • Checking with your building’s CAT member for info

We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table. 

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

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Update – April 15, 2022

Hello BEA member, 

Your BEA Bargaining Team met on Wednesday with the BSD Bargaining team for a total of eight hours. Here’s what you should know:

  • Your BEA team brought a compensation proposal which included:
    • cost of living adjustment (COLA) applied across the salary schedule
    • recognition and retention bonuses
    • salary differentials for certain hard to fill positions
    • increases in the insurance caps
    • additional paperwork days for specialists
  • We also brought language around Articles 4 (Grievance Procedures) and 20 (Extended Responsibilities).  We were able to reach a tentative agreement (TA) on Article 20.
  • The BSD team brought a packaged proposal for Article 9 (Safe Learning Environment), Article 10 (Working Conditions), and Article 11 (Work Year), as well as a counterproposal for Article 12 (Transfer and Vacancy).

You can see all of the exchanged proposals and bargaining communications at beavertonea.org/bargaining

As we narrow down the number of articles being negotiated and start to see a possible settlement on the horizon, it is vital for us to be united. We are making clear progress, and we want to keep up the momentum! Every bargaining cycle is a chance to improve aspects of our working conditions, and we are excited about the gains we have already made in contract language.

Our next joint session with the District is Thursday, April 28th, 4:30 – 8:30 pm.  You can support the Bargaining Team by:

  • Coming to the next gauntlet at the BEA office on April 28th, 4 – 4:30 pm
  • Wearing RED on Thursdays
  • Liking and sharing BEA’s social media posts
  • Signing up at bit.ly/BEAbargain2022 for other ways to support the team
  • Checking with your building’s CAT member for info

We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table.

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

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Update – March 31, 2022

Hello BEA member, 

Your BEA Bargaining Team met this past Tuesday and the Thursday before Spring Break with the district team for a combined total of eight hours.  Here’s what you should know:

  • We continue to be energized by the members showing up at the gauntlets prior to bargaining sessions, and members in red are being noticed by our community.  Thank you so much for standing with us!
  • Over the last two sessions, the BSD team has brought proposals for Article 19 (Group Insurance Benefits), and Article 4 (Grievance Procedure).
  • Your BEA team submitted our counter proposals for Article 12 (Vacancies and Transfers),  Article 13 (Layoff and Recall), and Article 20 (Extended Responsibilities). For Article 12, your team is working to win language that ensures a transparent transfer process that gives members agency in their work assignments.
  • We were able to reach a tentative agreement on Article 13, and are very close to tentative agreements (TAs) on Articles 4 and 20.  You can see all of the exchanged proposals and bargaining communications at beavertonea.org/bargaining.

Our next joint session with the District is Wednesday, April 13th, 12 – 8 pm.  You can support the Bargaining Team by:

  • Wearing RED on Thursdays
  • Liking and sharing BEA’s social media posts
  • Signing up at bit.ly/BEAbargain2022 for other ways to support the team
  • Checking with your building’s CAT member for info

We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table.

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

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Update – March 6, 2022

Hello BEA member, 

Your BEA Bargaining Team met last Thursday with the district’s team for four hours.  Here’s what you should know:

  • Almost 200 people showed up outside the BEA office to welcome the BargainingTeam! Your presence made such a difference, energized your BEA Bargaining Team, and caused real movement at the table.  When we stand united, we stand strong! 
  • The BSD team finally brought back a counter proposal for Article 10 (Working Conditions) as well as Article 11 (Work Year) that shows the District is willing to find more time for educators to plan and collaborate.  There is still a lot of work to do with this article, but we are excited to get a response from the District team.
  • Your BEA team submitted our counter proposal for Article 20 (Extended Responsibilities), Article 9 (Safe Learning Environment), and Article 11 (Work Year).  We are holding the line on allowing educators to make decisions about keeping our students and ourselves safe, and ensuring that staff have the time to learn and implement restorative practices throughout our work.
  • You can see all of the exchanged proposals and bargaining communications at beavertonea.org/bargaining.

Our next joint session with the District is Wednesday, March 16th, 4:30 – 8:30 pm.  You can support the Bargaining Team by:

  • Wearing RED on Thursdays
  • Liking and sharing BEA’s social media posts
  • Signing up at bit.ly/BEAbargain2022 for other ways to show our strength at the table
  • Check with your building’s CAT member for info

We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table.

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

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Update – February 25, 2022

Hello BEA member,

Your BEA Bargaining Team met yesterday with the district team for eight hours.  Here’s what you should know:

  • BSD shared a counter-proposal on Article 12 (Vacancies and Transfers) that did not address BEA’s concerns about the current transfer process. It is clear that the BSD team is prioritizing the power of management, while BEA is prioritizing stability for school communities and the importance of educators’ agency over their professional career.
  • We were able to reach a tentative agreement on both Article 2 (Association Rights and Responsibilities) and Article 8 (Employee Rights and Responsibilities). In Article 8, we secured language requiring BSD to be responsive to adverse criticism of employees on online platforms, as well as language around academic freedom for educators.
  • Your BEA team submitted our counter proposal for Article 10 (Professional Working Conditions) on October 14, 2021, and we are still waiting for a response from the BSD team.  This article includes language on plan time protections, class sizes and caseloads, required meetings, workday, and more. We know these issues are hugely important to members, and we expect the District team to bring Article 10 to our next session.

You can see all of the exchanged proposals and bargaining communications at beavertonEA.org/bargaining.

Our next joint session with the District is Thursday, March 3rd, 4:30 – 8:30 pm, and we need your support!!  Come to the BEA office from 4-4:30 to form a gauntlet outside our office to welcome and support the BEA Team. Wear red and bring a sign. We can’t wait to see you!

You can also support the bargaining team by:

  • Wearing RED on Thursdays
  • Sending in posters of support to the BEA office
  • Liking and sharing BEA’s social media posts
  • We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table.

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

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Update – February 10, 2022

Your BEA team met on Tuesday with the district team for three hours. Here’s what you should know:

  • The BEA team shared a presentation on our analysis of BSD Budget numbers – the overall message being that BSD is sitting on $97.2 million in growing reserves, and we know that students and educators desperately need funding invested in our schools NOW.
  • The BSD team shared a proposal for cost of living adjustments (COLA) but no proposal for insurance. This COLA proposal is very out of place in the bargaining process. We are disappointed that the BSD team has jumped to a compensation proposal without responding to our workload language in Article 10 or the transfer language in Article 12, which we know are huge priorities for BEA members.

You can see all of the exchanged proposals and bargaining communications at beavertonea.org/bargaining.  Our next joint session with the District is Thursday, February 24th, 12-8 pm. Support the bargaining team by:

  • Wearing RED on Thursdays
  • Sending in posters of support to the BEA office
  • Liking and sharing BEA’s social media posts
  • Signing up at bit.ly/BEAbargain2022 for other ways to show our strength at the table.

Thank you for your support!  We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table.

In Solidarity, 

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

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Update – January 28, 2022

Good afternoon colleagues, 

Your BEA bargaining team met with the district team yesterday for four hours for our twelfth joint bargaining session. The BEA team shared responses to Article 4 (Grievance Procedures), Article 15 (Paid Sick Leave), and Article 16 (Unpaid Leaves of Absence). The BSD team shared their counter proposals to Article 8 (Employee Rights and Responsibilities) and Article 11 (Work Year). We were able to reach tentative agreements tonight on several articles in the contract that are unopened in this bargain, as well as on Articles 15 and 16.

Right after the session began, BEA Bargaining Chair Suzanne Albrich said that BEA members have a sense of urgency in these negotiations and our team wants to come to the table more than once a month, as has recently been the pattern. We are grateful the BSD team subsequently agreed to a list of more frequent dates over the next couple of months.

Last night, your bargaining team was able to secure language in Article 15 around establishing a sick leave bank for members who run out of paid sick leave time. This sick leave bank would replace the PTO donation process and allow members to donate more time to their colleagues.  We also spent time in discussion around Article 8, including language around monitoring BSD social media platforms and ensuring academic freedom for educators. We are excited with the movement during this session, but there are still several articles that we need to come to agreement on. You can see all of these proposals at BeavertonEA.org/bargaining.

Just before the session yesterday, there were over 40 BEA members who showed up outside the office to form a gauntlet of support for the BEA bargaining team as they arrived.  We are excited to have a gauntlet at every session from now on to ensure the BSD team knows that we are united for a fair contract—we hope that more members can join us as we continue to bargain!  

We heard from you in our survey that the top priorities for members are competitive salary and benefits, limits on class size and caseload, additional protections on plan time, and a fair and transparent transfer process.  Aside from salary and benefits, which we will bargain at the end of this negotiation, we are waiting for counter proposals from BSD on these issues.  We’ll keep you updated on our progress with these priorities.

Our next session with the BSD team is on February 8th from 1 – 4 pm.  Remember to check in with CAT members at your worksite—they have information about the articles that are passed across the table, important context about our conversations, and actions for members.  Check out bit.ly/BEABargain2022 for more information on several things you can do to support the bargaining team.

Thank you for your support!  We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table.

In Solidarity, 

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

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Update – January 24, 2022

We’ll be forming a gauntlet for every joint bargaining session to show support for the BEA Bargaining Team and to remind the BSD Team that we are united in our demand for a fair contract.  Bargaining sessions begin at 4:30 pm, so our presence outside as bargaining team members arrive will be a powerful visual reminder of our strength at the table.  Feel free to bring a sign showing your support for the team, highlighting a high class size or caseload, describing what you do during plan time, or demanding a fair contract.  Be sure to wear red and bring a colleague with you!

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Update – December 10, 2021

Good morning colleagues, 

Your BEA bargaining team met in person with the district team yesterday for five and a half hours for our eleventh joint bargaining session. The BEA team shared responses to Article 2 (Association Rights and Responsibilities) and Article 6 (Complaints Concerning Employee Performance), and the BSD team shared their counter proposal to Article 9 (Safe Learning Environment).

Much of our conversation tonight centered around our guiding principles in this bargain: more member input, transparent processes and policies, and staff and student well-being. There was a lengthy and deep discussion between the teams about the language in Article 9. The BSD team brought in Administrator for Student Services Danielle Hudson to present to the groups about the ongoing work of the Behavior, Health, and Wellness cadre. The BEA team was excited to hear more about this program (which was co-designed by BEA members) and have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Our team believes that contractual agreements about safe and effective learning environments are critically important for students and educators, and we appreciated the depth of the conversation at the table. The BEA team is adamant about allowing teachers to use their professional judgement to keep students safe when there is an imminent threat.  We also know that there needs to be a culture shift within BSD to ensure that historically marginalized students are not disproportionately represented in discipline data. We are dedicated to a system-wide shift and a commitment to genuine restorative practices throughout every worksite in our district.

The teams still have a few points of disagreement in Article 2, but we were able to reach a tentative agreement on Article 6.  You can see these all of these proposals at BeavertonEA.org/bargaining.

Our next session with the BSD team is on January 13th from 4:30 – 8:30 pm.  All of our sessions from now on will be livestreamed on YouTube, so please consider tuning in to observe our discussions.  Please check in with CAT members at your worksite–they have been watching these sessions from the beginning and have valuable context and information to offer.

Also, supply chain issues strike again! We are now looking at a January delivery date for our new BEA red t-shirts. Refutees is currently reaching out to members who ordered shirts but didn’t include a worksite when placing their order. Please respond if you get one of these emails. If you have further questions about shirts, contact BEA Organizing Chair Katie Lukins at [email protected] 

Thank you for your support of our team!  We are honored to represent you at the bargaining table.

In Solidarity, 

Your BEA Bargaining Team

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

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Update – November 30, 2021

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Update – November 11, 2021

Good morning colleagues,

Your BEA bargaining team met in person with the district team yesterday for four hours for our tenth joint bargaining session. The BSD team shared their counter proposals to Article 13 (Layoff and Recall), Article 15 (Paid Leaves of Absence), and Article 20 (Extended Responsibilities).  The BEA team shared responses to Article 8 (Employee Rights and Responsibilities), Article 11 (Work Year), and Article 12 (Vacancies and Transfers).

The articles we shared tonight directly related to our guiding principles in this bargainmore member input, transparent processes and policies, and staff and student well-being.  Thanks to the active engagement of our members, we were able to spend a great deal of time last evening sharing educators’ stories of the harm caused by the district’s one-sided and opaque transfer process, and emphasized the need for members to be an integral part of these often career- and life-changing transfers.  The BEA team used your words to create a truth-filled space in which your stories showed a pattern of behavior from administrators that they have actively denied in the past. This continues to be a huge issue and we look forward to hearing the district’s response to the member testimony they heard tonight.

In Article 8, we are holding BSD accountable to their own rules of engagement on social media platforms and ensuring that educators are promptly notified of any requests for information and/or threatening communications received by the district that pertain to them.  In Article 11, we are demanding that BSD not require remote work during inclement weather or short-term emergency closures. We know that when our community needs to respond to emergencies, our members also need the liberty to support their own households and families.

Your BEA team is optimistic about the progress we are making in Article 15 as we develop guidelines for a sick leave bank and in Article 20 with language around a peer support program specifically for educators of color.  We are grateful for the effort that the BSD team, especially Thao Do-Gwilliam, Oak Hills Elementary School principal, has put into researching the different ways that this language in Article 20 could be implemented.

Our next session with the BSD team is on December 9, from 3 – 8:30 pm.  The Contract Action Team (CAT) members had a virtual front row seat at our session last night, and will be able to watch our session next month as well.  Please check in with CAT members at your worksite for their impressions and for questions you might have about the bargaining process.

Please continue to wear red on Thursdays for solidarity to show that we are bargaining with a united front–you can order a new red BEA shirt until 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 14th at bit.ly/BEAshirts2021.  Thank you for your continued engagement and support!

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

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Update – October 27, 2021

Good afternoon colleagues,

Your BEA bargaining team met with the district team yesterday for eight hours for our ninth joint bargaining session. The BSD team shared their counter proposals to Article 8 (Employee Rights and Responsibilities) and Article 11 (Work Year).  The BEA team shared responses to Article 13 (Layoff and Recall), Article 15 (Paid Leaves of Absence), Article 17 (Tuition Reimbursement), and Article 20 (Extended Responsibilities).  We also got a financial update from Associate Superintendent of Business Services Mike Schofield.

Our guiding principles in this bargain are to advocate for more member input, transparent processes and policies, and staff and student well-being, and we are determined to secure agreements that will serve members and students for years to come.  Yesterday, we were able to reach an agreement on Article 17 (Tuition Reimbursement), adding language about reimbursement for educators for the tuition cost of pre-approved courses in languages other than English.  When both parties agree to final language changes in an article of the contract it is called a tentative agreement (TA).  This is our first TA in this bargain.

During the District’s budget update, we learned that the District’s financial reserves continue to grow.  For example, the projected ending fund balance (money left over in the general fund after a year of spending) is currently at $82.1 million, or 14.2% of the total forecast revenue.  BSD is following a steady pattern of overestimating expenditures and underestimating revenue, and cautioning that we will face dire financial strain in the coming years despite sitting on such huge reserves.  This pattern echoes years past with confusion and lack of transparency in the budget process.

In our discussion on Article 8 (Employee Rights and Responsibilities), we heard that though the District has an interest in maintaining online platforms, they want to avoid responsibility for monitoring and removing inappropriate content and comments.  Instead they would like to “share” that responsibility with us — educators who are already stretched thin with our everyday work .  We believe that if the district cannot protect staff from harm on their online platforms, they should not be operating these platforms as official modes of two-way communication with the community.  In addition, we are continuing to discuss how the District responds when staff and/or students are threatened.

Our next session with the BSD team is on November 10, from 4:30 – 8:30 pm, and we are excited that the Contract Action Team (CAT) members will be able to observe the full session.  We weren’t able to get to language around transfers today, but we’re planning on bringing that to the table next time.  Stay tuned for updates!

Please continue to wear red on Thursdays for solidarity, and check in with the CAT member at your worksites for more information.  Thank you for your 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

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Update – October 14, 2021

Good morning colleagues, 

Your BEA bargaining team met with the district team last evening for three hours for our eighth joint bargaining session. The BSD team shared their counter proposals to Article 2 (Association Rights and Responsibilities), Article 4 (Grievance Procedure), and Article 6 (Complaints Concerning Employee Performance).  The BEA team shared a response to Article 9 (Safe Learning Environment), as well as Article 10 (Professional Working Conditions) and Article 11 (Work Year).

The BEA team continues to push for more member input, transparent processes and policies as well as staff and student well-being. We were able to make progress on Articles 2 and 4 with some movement by the district team, and are excited to be moving toward agreements on Association rights and outlining fair grievance procedures. However, in Article 6, the BSD team seems to have an interest in withholding information kept in employees’ “working files” or other informal tracking systems from BEA members.  We maintain that if something is found valid enough to be noted by an administrator in a working file, it is valid enough to have a conversation about with you, and for you to have a chance to speak to the issue.

In addition, during the discussion on Article 9 (Safe Learning Environment) yesterday, it was apparent that we do not have a shared understanding of the district’s progress in regard to authentic implementation of restorative practices.  Although we heard the BSD team say that they are committed to restorative practices in schools,  the only substantive change they are proposing is removing language from our contract that allows educators to make decisions about keeping students and staff safe when there is an imminent threat of harm.  Also, they are unwilling to agree to our proposal that would establish a collaborative committee to develop and support restorative practices throughout the district.  We know that to create truly safe and supportive learning environments for students and staff, we need to build a strong culture of restorative practices in every building that encompasses more than just discipline policies.

We will continue these discussions with the BSD team on October 26th, from 12 – 8 pm.  During that session, the BEA team will be bringing proposals around transfer language (Article 12), so stay tuned for updates!

Many thanks for your support and your engagement during this bargain.  Our gains during this bargaining cycle will have impacts on our contract for years to come.  Please continue to wear red on Thursdays for solidarity, and check in with the Contract Action Team (CAT) member at your worksites for more information. 

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

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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

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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

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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

Proposals

05/11/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 4

05/11/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 9, 10, and 11

05/11/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 18

05/11/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 19

05/11/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 4

05/11/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 9, 10, and 11

 

04/28/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 9

04/28/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 10

04/28/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 11

04/28/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 12

04/28/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 18

04/28/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 19

 

04/13/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 4

04/13/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 12

04/13/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 18

04/13/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 19

04/13/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Articles 9, 10, and 11

04/13/22 BSDCounter Proposal – Article 12

04/13/22 Tentative Agreement – Article 20 and Appendix C

 

03/29/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 12

03/29/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 4

03/29/22 Tentative Agreement – Article 13

 

03/16/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 4

03/16/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 13

03/16/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 20

03/16/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 4

03/16/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 13

03/16/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 19

03/16/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 20

 

03/03/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 9

03/03/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 11

03/03/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 20

03/03/22 BEA Proposal – Appendix C

03/03/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 10

03/03/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 11

03/03/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 20

 

02/24/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 12

02/24/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 13

02/24/22 BSD Tentative Agreement – Article 2

02/24/22 Tentative Agreement – Article 8

 

02/08/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 2

02/08/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 8

02/08/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 13

02/08/22 BSD Proposal – Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

 

01/27/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 4

01/27/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 15

01/27/22 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 16

01/27/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 8

01/27/22 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 11

 

12/09/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 2

12/09/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 6

12/09/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 2

12/09/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 6

12/09/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 9

 

11/10/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 8

11/10/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 11

11/10/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 12

 

10/26/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 13

10/26/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 15

10/26/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 17

10/26/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 20

10/26/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 8

10/26/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 11

 

10/14/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 9

10/14/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 10

10/14/21 BEA Counter Proposal – Article 11

10/14/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 2

10/14/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 4

10/14/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 6

 

09/30/21 BEA Comprehensive Counter Proposal

09/30/12 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 9

07/22/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 8

07/22/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 10

07/22/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 12

07/22/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 13

07/22/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 20

06/24/21  BSD Counter Proposal – Article 11

06/24/21  BSD Counter Proposal – Article 15

06/24/21  BSD Counter Proposal – Article 17

 

06/10/21  BEA Counter Proposal

06/10/21  BSD Counter Proposal – Article 2

06/10/21 BSD Counter Proposal – Article 4

06/10/21  BSD Counter Proposal – Article 6

 

05/13/21  BEA Initial Proposals

05/13/21  BSD Initial Proposals

All About Bargaining
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.