Discussions continued into the night, but ended without tentative agreement. School starts on August 29. The Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) and the Association of Administrative Secretaries of the Snoqualmie Valley (SVASA) have been negotiating a succession agreement since March. With more than 20 preliminary agreements, the teams have made considerable progress and both parties continue to work on salaries and other allowances. “The collective agreement between the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association (SVEA) and the Snoqualmie Valley School District (SVSD) included a “re-opener” to review the contract`s salary planning for spring 2018 to determine whether it is still competitive with neighbouring school districts. In addition, new legislative changes related to the McCleary decision necessitized the development of a brand new compensation plan, which increased the complexity of the work. The SVEA/SVSD Bargaining team has met several times over the past few months to discuss, evaluate and review improvements together to develop a new payroll plan to ensure that the Snoqualmie Valley School District is competitive. While the differences still need to be resolved, SVEA and SVSD are both committed to a quick solution. “Collective agreement between MTS and GeneralTeamsters Local Union 979, September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2022 “I personally want to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to both negotiating teams for their efforts and commitment to this important process,” added SVSD Superintendent Rob Manahan. “It was clear that both sides respected each other and worked hard to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.” Historic increases have recently been negotiated in other Eastside districts. Bellevue approved an average increase of 17% and Lake Washington and Riverview each approved an average 12% increase. At the SVEA rally on Monday, a representative of the Issaquah Education Association said that a 16% increase had been tentatively agreed.
The SVASA intends to present to members the details of the provisional agreement for the vote at the next meeting of members. SVEA and SVSD appreciate the time that all members of the negotiating team have devoted to the process and their continued commitment to a fair and lasting agreement, providing educators with competitive compensation. Late Wednesday evening, the Snoqualmie Valley School District announced that a wage plan agreement had been reached with the teachers` union: the Snoqualmie Valley School District maintains work agreements that are competitive and comparable to those of other school districts in our region, while they are fiscally responsible to our municipality. We appreciate the time and energy devoted by the two negotiating teams to the negotiation process and hope that the assistance provided by mediation will soon contribute to an amicable solution for both parties. While the current SVASA contract has an expiry date of August 31, 2018, the Washington State Law automatically extends it until August 31, 2019 if no succession agreement is reached. Superintendent Rob Manahan said Tuesday afternoon that he was hopeful that an agreement could be reached, perhaps by the end of Tuesday. On August 22, a conceptual agreement was reached between the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association (SVEA) and the Snoqualmie Valley School District regarding new compensation parameters.