February 22, 2021
The Seattle Education Association is the voice for educators and our students, standing united to address the needs of our community during this pandemic and to transform our district into an anti-racist school system where every student thrives.
ACT NOW!
1. In response to today’s SPS HR email regarding requesting accommodations, take action to support the bargain - we encourage everyone to email 504ada@seattleschools.org with ONLY the following message:
 
"I may need accommodations, but I am not sure what my job duties and working conditions will be.” 
We find it problematic for SPS to ask educators to request a 504 accommodation when the new working conditions have not been agreed to. You cannot make an informed decision to apply for accommodations or leave until you are clear on what the workload impacts will be. There could possibly be new accommodations and leave available to you upon reaching an agreement.
2.   Post this video to your social media account with the hashtag #SEAStrong. SEA is unwilling to cut corners on safety precautions in order to meet arbitrary deadlines. If you do not have a social media account, please forward this email to your friends and family who do.
We find it problematic for SPS to ask educators to request a 504 accommodation when the new working conditions have not been agreed to. You cannot make an informed decision to apply for accommodations or leave until you are clear on what the workload impacts will be. There could possibly be new accommodations and leave available to you upon reaching an agreement.
Follow up this action by searching Facebook and Twitter for the hashtag #SEAStrong to like, share/retweet, and comment on your colleagues’ messages and photos.
 
3.  Show up in force to Upcoming Engagement Opportunities listed at the end of this email. Show up #SEAStrong!
From the Bargaining Table
 
SEA’s bargaining team is working tirelessly to reach an agreement with SPS as quickly as we can. We’re unwilling to cut corners on safety precautions in order to meet arbitrary deadlines because we take the charge seriously to address racial inequity and accountability to ensure both the mental and physical wellbeing of our school communities during this transition. SPS can speed the process by agreeing to necessary COVID protections and working with us for the safety of our students, staff, and community.
 
Educators currently in-person with students continue to raise concerns about the lack of necessary PPE and failure to follow health and safety protocols. The District’s inability to implement needed health and safety protocols is delaying return to in-person learning.

We are making progress. While we appreciate SPS' suggestion that we bring in a PERC mediator, we know that the issue is not that we need mediation but that the district needs to work with us to continue moving forward.
 
CDC guidance is clear that key protection measures need to be in place, including masking, social distancing, cohorting, adequate airflow, and more. In bargaining, SEA has proposed putting the specific implementation of these protocols in writing to ensure accountability. Adequate protection measures are possible to mitigate the risk of COVID transmission and our bargaining with SPS is focused on ensuring every available protection is in place.
Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Join us to hear bargaining updates and to provide feedback to inform the bargaining team’s work. All members are welcome!
 
Please plan to attend one of the following listening sessions this week.
 
Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-1:00pm. Drop in during your 30-minute, duty-free lunch. Register in advance for this meeting:
 
Friday, February 26, 5:00-6:00pm. Register in advance for this meeting:
 
Saturday, February 27, 1:00-2:00pm. Register in advance for this meeting:
 
Additionally…
Wednesday, February 24, 4:00-5:30pm. Be our ears and join the special Seattle Public Schools School Board work session during which the school board will discuss next steps and planning for fall. The meeting will be broadcast on television or can be viewed on the SPS TV YouTube channel. To listen by phone, dial 206-800-4125 and use Conference ID 931 417 102#. 
How to Stay Connected:
The 2019-2022 Contracts are posted on the SEA Website!