Salary Schedule Update
Following the McCleary decision and fight to fully fund public education, we now get automatic salary increases each year without needing legislative action. This was a big win for our union and our schools. Prior to McCleary, there were many years K-12 educators did not get Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) to our salary. Now, the automatic salary increase is tied to the Implicit Price Deflator (IPD).
At the time of last year’s contract negotiations, the IPD for 2020-21 was estimated at 2.1% as reflected in the three CBAs
. No one anticipated the pandemic and the drastic economic impacts for 2020-2021. Due to the economic downturn, the Washington Legislature revised the IPD down, based on the updated inflationary index, in the supplemental budget from 2.1% to 1.6% for K-12 salaries.
What does this mean for SEA members? The 2020-2021 salary schedule increase for all three contracts is 1.6% based on the IPD as set by the Washington State Legislature. For that reason, the current 2020-2021 and 2021-22 salary schedules estimated in the CBAs are incorrect due to this change in the IPD.
It is not easy delivering this news on top of everything else we are all struggling with. We remain committed to fighting against any job impacts that a downward economy presents and addressing the challenges that come with it.