Bargaining Update #11 and #12

10/19/2020 Bargaining UpdateOn 10/7 and 10/14, Unite Summit met with Summit management to bargain our overall union contract.  Here’s a short summary of those bargaining sessions. Increasing Classroom Support for StudentsOn the very first day of bargaining, back in March, we presented our Support Services proposal that would provide our students — particularly English LearnersContinue reading “Bargaining Update #11 and #12”

Unite Summit Town Hall October 8

Town Hall InvitationAll teachers are invited to our virtual Town Hall on October 8th!During this Town Hall we will: Provide information about negotiations for Virtual School and for our first contract Break out into sites to discuss and give information to Unite Summit’s bargaining team about what is most important for a sustainable Virtual SchoolContinue reading “Unite Summit Town Hall October 8”

Pay Freeze Update and SPS Board Meeting

Pay Freeze UpdateAs you have probably seen, on Tuesday Diane Tavenner sent an email indicating that the pay freeze would be rolled back. This is an important win for all of us. It demonstrates that all of your activism this summer — from attending board meetings to signing petitions to reaching out to parents —Continue reading “Pay Freeze Update and SPS Board Meeting”

Virtual School Petition and Bargaining Update #9

Highlighted  in this newsletter: We believe Home Office has made illegal changes to virtual school, including taking away our sites’ flexibility to schedule LT/GLT/MLT meetings. We have emailed SPS leadership and executive directors to ask that all  changes are immediately reversed  and that any future changes are bargained with our union. In order to showContinue reading “Virtual School Petition and Bargaining Update #9”

Welcome Back and Bargaining Update #8

Dear Unite Summit Community,   Welcome back to school!  Our union leadership is proud to serve our students with you as we engage in professional development and begin to prepare for student orientation.   The amount of time we have spent on zoom for these last two weeks is virtually unprecedented.  We want to acknowledgeContinue reading “Welcome Back and Bargaining Update #8”

Restoration of Lanes: A Positive Step Forward

Today, Summit faculty received an email titled “Budget Update and Input on Back to School.”  In this email, Diane Tavenner announced that there will be appropriate compensation for teachers changing “lanes” based on new degrees.  This means teachers will be appropriately compensated for teaching credentials and masters’ degrees. The change in lanes is not partContinue reading “Restoration of Lanes: A Positive Step Forward”

Bargaining Update #7

Bargaining UpdateUnite Summit and the SPS bargaining team held their seventh contract negotiation meeting yesterday.   We began by discussing the announced summer school policy. Unite Summit is arguing that Rainier teachers should be eligible to work summer school in order to ensure that all our students, many of whom are not transferring to aContinue reading “Bargaining Update #7”

Bargaining Update #6 and Union Election Results

Union Elections We’d like to announce the election of our Unite Summit leadership! OfficersPresident: Fuchsia Spring (K2 HS)Vice President: Sarah Rivas (Denali HS)Treasurer: Morris Shieh (Tahoma) Site RepsDenali Middle School:  Tristan MatlockDenali High School: Sarah RivasEverest: Kennan DamonExpeditions North Loop: Phoenix LawsonExpedition South Loop: Joseph HughesK2 High School: Miguel GravelleK2 Middle School: Alyssa MontantesPrep: DanContinue reading “Bargaining Update #6 and Union Election Results”

Bargaining Update #5

Union Elections!Today, our elected bargaining team approved our union bylaws, so we are now ready for elections! Liz DeOrnellas (Expeditions), Sarah Prabala (Denali MS), and Eric Doan (K2 MS) stepped up to serve as our elections committee.  Nominations for our union’s leadership are now open — including for president, vice president, treasurer, and reps forContinue reading “Bargaining Update #5”

Union Elections!

ElectionsWe are holding elections for Unite Summit leadership! Our elected Bargaining Team will stay in place through contract negotiations, but we will also be electing a President, Vice President, and Treasurer before the end of the school year in order to formalize our structure and improve communications. We will also be electing a representative fromContinue reading “Union Elections!”