December 4, 2017 Council Meeting

WEA-SAMMAMISH UNISERV COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS' MEETING

December 4, 2017

4:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Sammamish Council Office, Bellevue

  1. Call to Order        
  2. October 2017 Minutes Approval  (Motion: Amy Jones, Second by Maya Stevens – passed, one abstention)           
  3. Budget review (Mark Morrow, Cheryl Hopkins)
    1. Assets – budget increase by $16.5M
    2. GF Income budget – increase by $55M (more members, higher wages)
    3. Staff expenses – increase of $45M
    4. Officer expenses – change from 0.2 release / 0.3 stipend for Pres Release to 0.4 release / 0.1 stipend
    5. 90 Day reserve went up to reflect increased staff costs.
    6. Motion to approve: Mark Morrow, Second: David Aaby (passed)
  4. Upcoming Legislative Session  
    1. Legislative Agenda
      1. Starts Jan. 8th, 60 day session
      2. See WEA Unity Agenda
        1. Community & Technical College Collective Bargaining
        2. Fix ed funding plan
        3. Student Loan Forgiveness
        4. Restore COLA for plan 1 retirees, up HC subsidy for all
        5. Support all students right for quality public ed
    2. Day of Unity – Jan. 10, details TBD
    3. SEBB Workgroup update (HC in two years, state-negotiated)
      1. Not fully funded for coverage legislation requires.
      2. 4 meetings scheduled before implementation
    4. OSPI Salary Schedule Workgroup
      1. Not enough funding
      2. Looking into how to incorporate / retain staff mix as part of schedule (to help show value of experienced teachers).
  5. Membership Matters
    1. Check in:  What successes have you had?
    2. Substitute info (Kathleen Heiman)
      1. Do Reps have to represent substitutes?
        1. Ask how many days they’ve subbed:
          1. Classified > 30 days: yes.
          2. Certificated: > 20 days same assignment, or > 30 days total: yes.
        2. If not at the above standards, up to the local to determine level of involvement / dues / etc.
    3. Local Risk Assessment development
      1. Factors that influence keeping local enrollment up:
        1. WEA-Pac %
        2. Reps in every building
        3. Active reps that follow through
        4. Participation in surveys
        5. Contract ratification voting #’s
        6. Election voting #’s
        7. Attendance at building meetings
        8. GM meeting attendance
        9. 1-on-1 frequency
        10. New Hire outreach
        11. Attendance at local/WEA events
        12. Local levy support (especially for teachers who live out of district)
        13. Contract indicators
        14. Recency of last contract negotiation / proximity to next.
        15. Email / communication
        16. Our Voice and usage statistics
        17. Consistent Newsletter use
        18. Proactive plan for reaching out
        19. Active exec board with responsibilities
        20. Geographic proximity
      2. To be synthesized by President’s Group by February.
  6. Upcoming Events
    1. WEA Unity Day January 10th
    2. Ethnic and Minority Participation Plans for select locals due to Human and Civil Rights Committee by January 26
    3. WEA RA local delegate registrations due by February 23
    4. Sammamish Council Office closed beginning December 21, reopens on January 2
  7. Reports
    1. WEA Board Report (Tani Lindquist/Mark Morrow)
      1. WEA Budget is set – anticipated loss for after Janus decision is built in. (Starting March, 13% loss over time expected)
      2. Rod Regen – new field organizer
    2. WEA – Retired (Debby Nissen)
      1. Lobby Day – Feb. 7th (with RPEG)
    3. WEA PAC (Nate Ziemkowski)
      1. Independent Expenditure – Campaign narrative arc (5 visits over 5 months – about 30-40 households).
      2. Highly targeted, pro-education independent voters.
      3. New K-12 Ed Chair – Lisa Wellman
      4. Passed Whistleblower Policy
    4. Staff (Kathleen Heiman/Cheryl Hopkins/Charlotte Cole)
      1. Check problems due to transition.
  8.  Action Items
    1. Budget approval (See III.f)

           

Adjournment:   6:12 PM

Next Presidents’ Meeting:             January 8, 2018 at WEA-Sammamish Council Office

Next Council Meeting:                  February 5, 2018 at WEA-Sammamish Council Office