Yesterday, the SEBB negotiating committee met to finalize operating rules as well as our first negotiation proposal for insurance funding starting January 1, 2020. The committee is composed of representatives from WEA (committee chair and spokesperson), PSE, Teamsters, SEIU 925, AFT (American Federation of Teachers), and Operating Engineers. In the future, there may be a representative from the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP). We have left seats open for 3 other representatives of other organizations who represent school employees but have not yet responded to our efforts to get their input.
Our negotiation proposal will be shared after we have had an opportunity to meet with representatives of OFM (Office of Financial Management). OFM is responsible for representing Governor Inslee during these negotiations. Rest assured we are asking for full funding of the classified employee insurance benefit factor . Without the state funding for the factor, school districts will face a significant cost to their local budgets.