From the Bargaining Table
SEA continues to bargain in good faith to meet the needs of our school community. Unfortunately, SPS is not a willing, collaborative, or trustworthy partner in this work. The District has chosen to use heavy-handed tactics instead of bargaining in good faith with SEA or respecting the voices of educators.
Thursday night, the Seattle School Board voted on a resolution that newly designated many special education and preschool educators as “essential” in an effort to order them to return to buildings in a bad faith end-run around the safety negotiation process. The District is using this change in designation to attempt to unilaterally implement their proposed changes of instructional model and order these staff back into buildings on March 8, with students returning March 11. This contradicts what Chief Codd and Superintendent Juneau have said over the past six months acknowledging the requirement for the District to bargain over these changes.