3-Year Contract Approved for the District’s Classified Staff
The Public School Employees (PSE) and the Snoqualmie Valley School District reached a tentative agreement last week on a three-year contract. Following the PSE membership’s ratification of the contract December 12, the School Board approved the contract at their December 14 regular meeting.
The agreement will be in effect through August 31, 2020. Adjustments in salaries will be retroactive to September 1, 2017.
The PSE represents approximately 300 classified staff members in the Snoqualmie Valley School District including custodial, transportation, food services, instructional services, operations, and technical/health services employees.
In presenting his recommendation to the Board, Superintendent Joel Aune urged the Board to approve the agreement. He explained that the collective bargaining process resulted in a fair and equitable settlement – one that addresses matters and issues brought forth by both district management and the classified employees. Aune stated, “This agreement also ensures that compensation for the District’s classified employees is competitive with neighboring school districts.”
PSE President Karen Ann Wilder said, “This was a very respectful bargaining process. Everyone at the table was listening well, open, and committed to working together to reach a solution. I appreciate that each new agreement continues to move in the right direction for classified employees.”
“Classified staff are essential to the educational experience of our students and the successful operations of our schools. We are pleased that an agreement was reached to support these valued professionals for the next three years,” said School Board Vice President Tavish MacLean, who presided over the Board meeting. “I want to thank everyone who served on the bargaining team for their hard work and many hours devoted to these discussions. It’s always great to see both parties happy at the conclusion of negotiations and ready to continue their good work for our students.”