Bargaining Updates

  • 2020 UPDATES

    8/28/20: Sumner Education Association

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and the Sumner Education Association (SEA)  have reached a tentative agreement for a two year contract for the 2020-21 and 2021-2022 school years.  SEA members will vote on the tentative agreement on Wednesday, September 2. 

     


     

    7/1/20: Sumner Education Association

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is committed to bargaining in good faith. The District and Sumner Education Association (SEA) met on the following dates to share and discuss common areas of interest:

    • June 17- 10:00-2:00
    • June 18- 1:00-3:00
    • June 24-10:00-2:00

    As of June 24, the following tentative agreements have been reached by the District and SEA:

    • After Hours Events
    • Gender Neutral Language
    • Curriculum Adoption
    • Grievance Procedure
    • Alternative Route Teachers
    • Comprehensive Evaluation Cycle

    The District and SEA have will continue bargaining on the following dates:

    • July 13- 10:00-2:30
    • July 14- 10:30-4:00
    • July 27- 10:00-4:00
    • August12-  10:00-4:00
    • August 17- 9:00-12:00



    6/7/20: Sumner Education Association

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is committed to bargaining in good faith. The District and Sumner Education Association (SEA) met on Monday, June 8, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The District and SEA met to share interests and discuss common areas of interest. The District and SEA will meet again on June 17 and June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each day. 

    6/5/20: Sumner Education Association

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is committed to bargaining in good faith. The District and Sumner Education Association (SEA) met on Friday, June 5, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The District and SEA met to discuss common areas of interest and will continue bargaining on Monday, June 8, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    6/2/20: Sumner Education Association

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is committed to bargaining in good faith. We value, appreciate, and respect our employees, and the work they do for students in our community. The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and Sumner Education Association are scheduled to bargain on the following dates:
    • May 29
    • June 4
    • June 8
    • June 17
    • June 18
    • June 24

     


     

    2019 UPDATES

    10/28/19

    School resumes; SPA members vote in favor of new contract

    Schools in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) will be back in session Tuesday, Oct. 29. 

    The Sumner Paraeducators Association (SPA) members approved the proposed three-year contract Monday afternoon, ending the districtwide two-day school closure due to the strike. The Board of Directors will vote on the contract at the next board meeting on Nov. 13.

    SBLSD administration is thrilled that school is back in session and back educating our community’s children with a shared mission of providing high-quality instruction for every student, every day, in every classroom. 

    The SPA agreement includes an average increase in the salary schedule of approximately 12.5 percent in 2019-20, a 2 percent increase in 2020-21 and inflationary adjustments in 2021-22.

     


     

    10/27/19

    SBLSD and SPA reach tentative agreement; board meeting, school canceled

    SBLSD and SPA reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract. SPA members will vote on the agreement Monday. Oct. 27 school board meeting canceled. No school Oct. 28.

    The school board meeting planned for 7:30 p.m. today is now canceled. 

    School is canceled for Monday, Oct. 28. Here’s information specific to Monday’s school closure: 

    School events and activities

    • Most sports and after-school activities, including PTA events and building rentals, will not be canceled for Oct. 28. Some exceptions may apply. Please see individual school websites for school-specific details.  
    • Recreation Program activities and events will go on as planned for Oct. 28. 

    Childcare

    • SBLSD childcare and preschool: Canceled.
    • Recreation Program Before and After School Activities: Available (6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) at two separate sites based on the school your child attends. An additional fee of $20 per day will be charged.  

    Pierce County Skills Center transportation 

    Students who attend classes at Pierce County Skills Center will attend classes as usual. The District will be using a modified Wednesday transportation plan.

    • Morning: Students will meet at their usual Wednesday morning pick up location 
    • After Skills Center Classes: Students will be provided with transportation home. Expect longer than normal bus rides. 

    Gordon Family YMCA
    The Gordon Family YMCA is offering pay-by-the-day camp the week of Oct. 28 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Camp is available for children ages 5 to 12. The cost per day is $50 for YMCA members and $60 for community members. Registration will be available online or in person. Find more information online.

    Free meals
    Free breakfast and lunch will be available for students who depend on healthy meals during the school week.

    • Daffodil Valley Elementary: Breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m. Lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary: Breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch, 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

    The District will continue to communicate with families through email and phone messages as updates become available. Information will also be posted at www.sumnersd.org/paras.

     

     


     

    SPA Bargaining Update: 10/26/19

    With the help of a state mediator, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) and the Sumner Paraeducator Association (SPA) continued negotiations on Saturday, Oct. 26. At this time, no agreement has been reached. We continue to bargain into the evening.

    While talks about the financial aspects of the contract continue, the District and SPA have agreed to multiple tentative agreements focusing on leave, benefits and grievance procedures. 

    The District’s most recent proposal to SPA includes an average compensation increase of 10 percent. Of the 202 SPA members, approximately 80 percent will receive a double-digit raise. 

    The District’s most recent proposal on Oct. 26, 2019 includes:

    • An historic raise for SPA members 
    • Increased compensation for new state-required paraeducator certification training and extra hours worked
    • Additional compensation for SPA members who have the following:
      • Bachelor’s or associate’s degree
      • Longevity 

    We continue to bargain in good faith, honoring the collective bargaining process. With the continued help of a state mediator, the District and SPA will continue bargaining on Sunday, Oct. 27.

    We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached.  However, if the District does not reach an agreement, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Board of Directors will consider filing for an injunction with the Pierce County Superior Court to end the strike/work stoppage.  

     


     

    SPA Bargaining Update: 10/25/19

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and the Sumner Paraeducator Association continued negotiations through mediation today from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.  

    We’re making progress and remain optimistic that we’ll reach a fair contract. Bargaining will resume Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m.  

    We pledge to keep families informed on a daily basis about the status of negotiations and any potential changes to next week’s school schedule as soon as we can. Updates will also be posted at www.sumnersd.org/paras.

     


     

    10/24/19

    SBLSD schools will be closed Oct. 25 due to paraeducators strike

    The Sumner Paraeducators Association announced that they will be on strike beginning tomorrow, Oct. 25. The Sumner Teachers Association voted to not cross the picket line. As such, all Sumner-Bonney Lake School District schools will be closed until further notice.

    The District deeply values our paraeducators. We’ve been working hard and bargaining in good faith with para association representatives since June, with the desire to reach a fair resolution that’s within our financial means. Unfortunately, even with the assistance of a state mediator, we have not yet come to an agreement. The District is committed to bargaining until we have an agreement.

    Here’s specific information for Friday, Oct. 25.

    School events and activities

    • Most sports and after-school activities, including PTA events and building rentals, will not be canceled for Oct. 25. However, some exceptions may apply. For example, all middle school dances scheduled for Oct. 25 will be canceled. Please see individual school websites for school-specific details.  
    • Recreation Program activities and events will go on as planned for Oct. 25. 

    Childcare

    • SBLSD childcare and preschool: Canceled.
    • Recreation Program Before and After School Activities: Available (6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) at two separate sites based on the school your child attends. An additional fee of $20 per day will be charged.  

    Free meals

    Free breakfast and lunch will be available for students who depend on healthy meals during the school week.

    • Daffodil Valley Elementary: Breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m. Lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Liberty Ridge Elementary: Breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch, 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

    The District will continue to communicate with families through email and phone messages as updates become available. Information will also be posted at www.sumnersd.org/paras.


    Q&A

    Q: If there is a strike, will high school students who attend Pierce County Skills Center still be expected to attend?
    A: For only Oct. 25, there will be no transportation to the PCSC. If the strike lasts longer than one day, we will arrange transportation.

    Q: If there is a strike, how long will students attend school?
    A: School will start up again after agreement is reached. Regardless of when school starts back up, students will receive 180 days of quality education, so school closures caused by a strike are treated much like weather-related school closures. They must be made up. 

    Q: If there is a strike, what impact will this have on graduation?
    A: Our goal is to reach a speedy resolution to minimize the impact of rescheduling make-up days on the calendar. 

    Q: If the strike is protracted, how will these days be made up?
    A: As required by collective bargaining, those rescheduled dates would be part of the settlement. Typically, lost instructional days are made up by extending the school year into summer vacation, reducing winter and spring vacations, and scheduling teacher planning/training days (non-student days) outside of the instructional calendar.

    Q: Are sports and after-school activities impacted? Will they be cancelled?
    A: No, most sports and after-school activities, including PTA events and building rentals, will not be canceled for Oct. 25. However, some exceptions may apply. For example, all middle school dances scheduled for Oct. 25 will be canceled. 

    Q: What about Recreation Program activities and events? Will they be canceled if schools are closed?
    A: At this time, all Recreation Program activities and events will go on as planned for Oct. 25. 

    Q: What if my child receives special services in an out-of-district placement or program?
    A: Your child will still be transported to and from that placement and program. Services will continue as scheduled.

    Q: If school is canceled, is District childcare and preschool also canceled?
    A: Yes, if school is canceled all District childcare and preschool will be canceled. 

    Q: Will there still be Recreation Program before- and after-school care?
    A: Yes, a full day of before-and after-school program activities will be available (6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) at two separate sites based on which school the student attends.  An additional fee of $20 per day will be charged and has been communicated by the Recreation Deptartment to families. Details about program.

    Q: Will there still be breakfast and lunch served for those students who might depend on healthy meals during the school week?
    A:
    The District will offer free breakfast and lunch to all SBLSD students in need. Meals will be served at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools. Daffodil Valley Elementary: Breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m. Lunch, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Liberty Ridge Elementary: Breakfast, 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch, 10:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

    Q: For students who receive backpacks filled with food to take home for the weekend, will those still be available?
    A: Yes. Students from some schools received backpacks on Oct. 24. For students who don’t yet have backpacks, the school will call families for information about pickup.

     


     

    SPA Bargaining Update: 10/23/19
    Regularly-scheduled negotiations between Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) and Sumner Paraeducators Association (SPA) ended Oct. 22 without a tentative agreement.

    In the interest of moving negotiations forward, SBLSD requested the assistance of a state mediator. The mediator met with both groups on Oct. 23. Mediation will continue on Oct. 24.

    The District continues to bargain in good faith with hope for an agreement soon to avoid disruption to student learning.

    If a contract settlement isn’t reached by Oct. 24, SPA members voted to authorize a strike for Oct. 25. Should a strike occur, SBLSD teachers voted to not cross the picket line.

    If it becomes clear that a strike is imminent, the District will notify staff and families as soon as possible regarding the status of school for Oct. 25. 

    We will send another email, voicemail and post the information on our district website at www.sumnersd.org/paras.

    SPA Bargaining Update: 10/21/19
    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is in contract negotiations with the Sumner Paraeducators Association (SPA).  

    The District is fortunate to have the benefit of bargaining teams who are experienced, skilled and dedicated. The teams have been meeting regularly since June and are making progress. However, an agreement has not yet been reached.

    If we’re unable to reach a contract agreement, SPA has voted to authorize a strike that would begin Oct. 25. Should a strike occur, school may be canceled as other unions may follow suit. 

    The District deeply values the employees who are a part of SPA. We continue to bargain in good faith and remain hopeful that we will reach an agreeable resolution that’s within the financial means of our District.

    As bargaining is still taking place, we may not know the status of school until the last minute. If it becomes clear to us that a strike is imminent, please be assured that families and staff will be informed as quickly as possible via email, voicemail and at www.sumnersd.org/paras.

     

     

    SPA Bargaining Update: 10/14/19
    The District and SPA will continue bargaining on Friday, October 18, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. 


    APG Bargaining Update: 10/10/19
    In the evening on October 9, 2019, the District and APG reached a tentative agreement for a two (2) year APG Handbook agreement with the following wage increases:

    • 2019 - 2020: .58 cent increase for step levels A-F and .35 increase for step levels G-J
    • 2020 - 2021: 2%

    APG Bargaining Update: 10/9/19
    In the afternoon on October 8, 2019, the District and APG met.  The following proposals were shared:

    The APG Proposal included the following:  
    • 19-20:  3% increase for employee levels A-F, .75% increase for levels G-J
    • 20-21:  3% increase for employee levels A-F, .75% increase for levels G-J
    The District responded with the following proposal: 
    • 2019-2020:  .58 cent increase for employee levels A-F, .35 cents employee levels G-J
    • 2020 - 2021: 2% for all members

     
    APG Bargaining Update: 10/3/19
    The District and APG will continue bargaining on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 3:00-5:30.
     

    IUOE: Maintenance and Diesel Technicians: 10/1/19
    In the afternoon on September 30, 2019, the District and IUOE, Local 320 (Maintenance and Diesel Technicians) reached a new tentative agreement for a two (2) year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the following wage increases:

    2019 - 2020  - 1 percent

    and two (2) non-cash out able personal leave days

    2020 - 2021 - 2 percent

     


     

    Bargaining Updates: 9/30/19

    • APG: The District and APG will meet for bargaining 3:30-5:30 on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
    • SPA: The District and SPA bargained on September 26 and will meet again to bargain on October 9 and October 10, 2019.



    SPDA Bargaining Update: 9/26/19

    On September 22, 2019,  the District and the Sumner Principal & Directors' Association (SPDA) reached a tentative agreement on a wage reopener for July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.
     
    The tentative agreement for wages was reached by the parties includes the following wage increase:
         1. 2019 - 2020 -  2 percent
      
    The tentative agreement will be presented and recommended to the School Board of Directors for approval. 

     


    SPA Bargaining Update: 9/23/19

    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is committed to bargaining in good faith. We value, appreciate, and respect our employees, and the work they do for students in our community. Every member of each bargaining unit is a valuable to Sumner-Bonney Lake School District.  A recent communication went out to some individuals related to the Sumner Paraeducator Association (SPA) bargaining, which included incorrect information. 

    The recent communication stated that the District received $8 million in extra revenue (or extra money available to spend this year). Unfortunately, this statement is incorrect.  The District did not receive an additional $8 million in revenue. In spite of an additional $3 million in revenue, the District had to reduce the budget by an additional $5 million to cover the following additional expenses:

    • Certificated salary increase of $2.5 million 
    • Classified salary increases of $800,000 
    • Employee benefits costs increase of $3 million (including SEBB cost of $2.2 million)

    Additionally, it was inaccurately shared that the District currently has $30 million in revenue. For an accurate picture of the District’s budget, please click on the following link: August 2019 Budget Adoption

    Finally, as part of the bargaining process, salary analysis with comparable districts are used to have meaningful discussions between the District and SPA. This conversation will continue as the District bargains in good faith. The next scheduled bargaining meeting between the District and SPA is Thursday, Sept. 26. 

    The hard work and collaboration of all staff members is appreciated during this time.  Each position plays a critical role in providing an excellent education and safe learning environment for every student.


    APG Bargaining Update: 9/16/19
    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is committed to bargaining in good faith. The District and APG met on September 10, 2019. Both the District and APG agreed to meet again regarding language and compensation. The district is proposing to meet on the following dates: September 27, October 1, October 2 and October 3. 


    SEA Extra-Curricular Update 9/16/19
    On September 11, 2019, the District and SEA reached a tentative agreement for the Extra-Curricular Collective Bargaining Agreement for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.


    APG Bargaining Update: 9/6/19
    The District and APG will meet to bargain on Sept. 10, 2019.


    SPA Update: The District and SPA will meet to bargain on Sept. 6 and Sept. 11, 2019.


    APG Bargaining Statement: 6/28/19

    As the District bargains with the Administrative Professionals Group (APG), we will work toward providing fair compensation, while reaching a sustainable, long-term budget. The parties have met on the following dates: May 1, May 7, May 13, May 16, June 11, June 13. Listed below is the progress so far. APG and the District are scheduled to meet for bargaining on August 8, 2019.  

    The District and APG have tentatively agreed to 12 non-compensation items.  

    On June 26, APG offered the following:

    • Wage increase
      • 2019-2020- 4%
      • 2020-2021- 4%

    On June 26, 2019, the District offered 3 options as a counteroffer to APG. 

    Option 1

    • Wage Increase
      • 2019-2020: 2%
      • 2020-2021: 2%  

    Option 2

    • Wage Increase
      • 2019-2020: 2%
      • 2020-2021: 1 ½%
    • Article 23.7.2-  longevity of a total of .75 (seventy five cents) for employees who complete 15 years of continuous service

    Option 3

    • Wage Increase
      • 19-20: 2%
      • 20-21: 2%
    • Reduce contract by 1 day  

     



    June 28, 2019: IUOE, Local 302 (Custodians)

    On or about June 28, 2019 IUOE, Local 302 (Custodians) ratified the tentative agreement with the District.  The tentative agreement will be submitted to the District’s School Board of Directors at their July 10, 2019 meeting for a vote as to whether the School Board approves the tentative agreement.



    June 26, 2019: IUOE, Local 302 (Maintenance and Diesel Technicians)

    In the evening on June 26, 2019, the District and IUOE, Local 302 (Maintenance and Diesel Technicians) reached a tentative agreement for a three (3) year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the following wage increases:
     
    2019 - 2020: 2%
    2020 - 2021: 2%
    2021 - 2022: 2% plus in the event of state legislative action to increase funding for classified wages the parties may meet only for a wage opener (this is only for 2021 - 2022).
     


    June 24, 2019: IUOE, Local 302 (Transportation and Child Nutrition Services)

    In the afternoon on June 24, 2019, the District and IUOE, Local 302 (Transportation and Child Nutrition Services) reached a tentative agreement for a three (3) year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the following wage increases:
    • 2019 - 2020: 2%
    • 2020 - 2021: 2%
    • 2021 - 2022: 2% plus in the event of state legislative action to increase funding for classified wages the parties may meet only for a wage opener (this is only for 2021 - 2022)



    June 20, 2019: IUOE, 302 (Custodians)

    On Thursday evening, June 20, 2019, the District and IUOE, 302 (Custodians) reached a tentative three (3) year Collective Bargaining Agreement. The tentative agreement contained the following wage increases:

    • 2019-2020: 2%
    • 2020-2021: 2%
    • 2021-2022: 2%

    June 6, 2019: SSSDA

    The parties initially met to discuss a 2019-2020 wage reopener. On June 6, 2019, the District and the Sumner Support Services Directors' Association (SSSDA) reached a tentative agreement on a new Contract for July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021.
     
    The tentative agreement reached by the parties includes the following wage increase:
         1. 2019 - 2020 -  2 percent
         2. 2020 - 2021  - 2 percent
     
    The tentative agreement will be presented and recommended to the School Board of Directors for approval. 
     
     

    2018 UPDATES

    Sept. 26, 2018: SEA, IUOE

    At the Sept. 26 Special Board Meeting, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Board of Directors approved the contracts for Sumner Education Association (teachers) and International Union of Operating Engineers (transportation and child nutrition workers).

    Sept. 17, 2018 - IUOE: Child Nutrition and Transportation:

    On Sept. 17, the District’s transportation and nutrition workers (International Union of Operating Engineers) approved the proposed two-year work contract. The Board of Directors will vote on the contract at the Sept. 26 board meeting.


    Sept. 8, 2018 - IUOE: Child Nutrition and Transportation:

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the union representing the District’s transportation and child nutrition workers, reached a tentative agreement on a two-year work contract Sept. 8.  

    The District values IUOE’s members for their daily dedication to safely transporting students and providing them with nutritious meals – both key elements to academic success.

    Next steps are for IUOE’s membership to vote on the contract Sept. 17. The Board of Directors will vote at the next board meeting.


    Sept. 7, 2018 - Teacher contract negotiations:

    With a vote of 94 percent, Sumner Education Association membership approved the proposed two-year teaching contract with the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District on Sept. 4. This comes after the two parties reached a tentative agreement last weekend.  The Board of Directors will vote on the contract at the next board meeting.

    The agreement includes an overall increase in the salary schedule of approximately 13 percent in 2018-19 and inflationary adjustments in 2019-20.


    Sept. 1, 2018 - Sumner Education Association: 

    The Sumner Education Association (SEA) and Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) approved a tentative agreement on September 1.

    Reaching a tentative agreement means that the District will start school as scheduled on September 5, with kindergarten beginning September 10.

    The two bargaining teams worked diligently since March to come to this two-year SEA contract, which gives our hard-working and dedicated teachers the raise they deserve. Attracting and retaining caring, qualified educators in our schools will ensure the best support for our Sumner and Bonney Lake students.

    Next steps are for SEA’s general membership to vote on the contract September  4. The School Board will vote at the September 19 board meeting.


    Aug. 28, 2018 - Sumner Education Association:

    Sumner School District has continued to bargain in good faith with Sumner Education Association (SEA), which represents the district’s teachers. At the Aug. 27 SEA general membership meeting, members voted to authorize a strike for Sept. 5 if a tentative agreement on a contract can’t be reached by 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. Please know that teachers are currently not on strike. The next bargaining meeting between SSD and SEA is scheduled for Aug. 31. The district’s bargaining team have also made themselves available to meet during Labor Day weekend should negotiations continue.  

    The district is optimistic that we can give teachers a competitive and sustainable raise, which would allow us to get back to the heart of our work of educating students. We recognize there are questions and concerns about the possibility of a strike and what this means for staff, students and families. The District will continue to post updates on the status of negotiations, along with frequently asked questions, as quickly as information becomes available.


    Aug. 16, 2018 - IUOE: Child Nutrition and Transportation:

    After months of diligent bargaining, the Sumner School District and IUOE Child Nutrition and Transportation reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement in July 2018. The union put the agreement to a vote for ratification in which their membership did not ratify. The district continues to bargain in good faith with additional bargaining sessions scheduled for September and October.


    Aug. 14, 2018 - Sumner Education Association:

    The Sumner School District and the Sumner Education Association continued bargaining for a new contract late on Monday, Aug. 13.

    The District and the Sumner Education Association have not yet reached an agreement. The District remains optimistic and committed to working with the Association, through the bargaining process, to reach a mutual agreement that offers our teachers a fair, equitable and regionally-competitive contract.

    The District has been engaged in active negotiations with the Sumner Education Association since March 22 and feels the time together has been productive and effective.

    The Sumner School District will continue to bargain in good faith with the Sumner Education Association. The two groups are set to exchange proposals this week, with two more bargaining sessions scheduled the last week of August.