Budget passes and session ends

As normal, once the Operating Budget was approved, the legislature concluded the session.  Though a fix to school levies was also necessary to get out, the $52.4 billion operating budget is the final step.  With the exception of paraeducator training only coming in at two days rather than the four we wanted, it was a tremendous session for PSE members.  Here are the most significant gains this legislative session:

  • SEBB (School Employees Benefits Board) agreement fully funded,
  • WWU (Western Washington University) and CWU (Central Washington University) contracts fully funded,
  • PEBB (Public Employees Benefits Board) agreement fully funded,
  • Union membership laws that responded to Janus by updating laws to reflect among other things, new technology,
  • SERS (School Employees Retirement System) / PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) new employee default option changed to Plan 2,
  • Two days of paid paraeducator training.
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