Washougal School District Bargaining Update

Washougal School District is currently bargaining with both certificated and classified employee groups.

Bargaining is taking place against the backdrop of major uncertainties regarding the legislative budget process. The Legislature is in its third special session as it strives to develop a new budget. This biennium budget is of special significance given the State Supreme Court mandate that it include a solution to the constitutional requirement to fully fund basic education. Among other things, the solution must address major changes to: the school funding model; increased teacher salaries; and health benefits. Funding the solution requires new State revenue sources and substantial change to the amounts districts can collect through local levies, as well as limits on how they can spend those funds.

Washougal School District and the Washougal Association of Educators (WAE) have begun bargaining of a new contract. The current two-year contract expires on August 31, 2017. Bargaining proposals were exchanged on June 21, 2017 and initial bargaining dates set for June 26 and June 27. The District and WAE used the day-long negotiating session on June 26 to provide initial responses to the proposals exchanged on June 21st. In its responses, the District expressed the need to limit its response on major monetary issues pending a State budget and changes to school funding. WAE proposed deferral of the second session scheduled for June 27 to a time when the District can be expected to better respond to monetary issues. Subsequent WAE/WSD bargaining dates now include July 27, 28, 31, and August 1.

Washougal School District and the Public School Employees (PSE) association began bargaining a new contract on May 18, 2017 and have met for a total of four bargaining sessions. Proposals have been exchanged. The District has also limited its responses to non-financial issues due to the uncertainties with the legislative budget process. The next PSE/WSD bargaining session is scheduled for August 8, 2017.

The status of bargaining will be updated as negotiations proceed.

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