Update on Bargaining Between the District & Secretaries Union
The Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) and Snoqualmie Valley Administrative Secretaries Association (SVASA) have been negotiating since March on a successor agreement. With over 20 tentative agreements, the teams have made significant progress, and both sides continue to work on wages and other compensation.
The bargaining process was partially delayed by the availability of the District team in August and the SVASA team in September and October. The District remains optimistic that a fair solution can be reached soon, and hopes for a productive discussion at the next session, scheduled for November 7.
While the current SVASA contract bears an expiration date of August 31, 2018, by Washington State Law it is automatically extended through August 31, 2019 in the absence of a successor agreement.
The District’s most recent proposal stands at a 14% increase in hourly wages over a three-year contract, with additional enhancements to vacation and health care benefits. The District’s compensation proposal is based on a comparative methodology that has been used successfully with all other employee groups that have settled contracts in recent years. The District uses the compensation of similar positions within neighboring school districts to help quantify competitive wages. Those neighboring districts are: Lake Washington, Issaquah, Riverview and Tahoma.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District remains committed to employment agreements that are competitive with other school districts in our area, while being fiscally responsible to our community.