Bargaining Update 2022

Bargaining Update 2022
Posted on 08/29/2022
Bargaining Update 2022

9/5/22 2:30PM UPDATE:

The district and PAEA have reached a tentative agreement on a contract. While the school board and union need to ratify and approve this agreement, school will start on time as scheduled tomorrow!

We look forward to seeing your children in our schools again tomorrow and are grateful to move forward in this process.

9/4/22 8:30AM UPDATE:

PASD and PAEA bargained for 12 hours on Saturday, September 3. PERC mediation is helping both sides, and progress is being made. PAEA and PASD have made various proposals to resolve the issues remaining on the table.

We want our community to be aware of both sides' current proposals. You can review the PAEA's and PASD's proposals below:

PAEA 9-3-22 10:30am Proposal

PASD 9-3-22 4:35pm Proposal

PAEA 9-3-22 8:00pm Proposal

Our next scheduled bargain is Monday, September 5 at 9am. 

9/2/22 7:40PM UPDATE:

Negotiations are still ongoing, and we will continue to participate fully in the bargaining process, including through the weekend.

On Thursday, September 1, our district filed for PERC Mediation assistance and started the mediation process today. We are making progress, and the mediation is helping both negotiating teams. We believe mediation will be helpful to us in navigating these complexities and reaching an agreement.

The district will communicate with families on Monday, September 5 by 5pm, regarding school on Tuesday, September 6. 

If a strike is called, and you need childcare options:

  • The Boys & Girls Club is open from 7:30am to 6pm. Please contact the Boys and Girls Club if you need assistance with childcare during this time. They are prepared to run their summer schedule and provide breakfast and lunch. There are some openings and are enrolling children. If interested, please contact #360-417-2831
  • If you need help exploring other childcare options for your family, please contact the district office at #360-457-8575 and ask to speak with one of our Family Navigators.

We hope you find some memorable moments with your friends and family this Labor Day weekend. Take care, and we will be in touch soon. 

9/1/22 5:00PM UPDATE:

The PAEA union announced a strike to start on Tuesday, September 6th, if no agreement has been reached. The negotiating teams returned to the bargaining table today at 1pm and will continue at 6pm. We share a hope with the union to reach an agreement before the union’s strike date.

School will be in session on Friday, September 2nd.

We will continue to share updates daily.

We hope your students had a good first day of school. Thank you! 

8/31/22 6:20PM UPDATE:

An agreement has not yet been reached with PASD and PAEA. However, school will start on time as scheduled tomorrow, September 1. 

The union has reserved the right to call a strike at the discretion of the PAEA President. If a strike is called, we will notify you as soon as we are informed.  

We will continue to update this page daily or as more information becomes available. We welcome questions, and you can contact the district by emailing [email protected].

8/31/22 10:30 AM UPDATE:

Negotiations are still ongoing with the school district and Port Angeles Education Association. Both teams will meet again today to continue collective bargaining.

PASD will hold a special board meeting this evening at 6pm that is open to the public. Please note, for special board meetings, there aren’t community comments. 

At the special board meeting, it will be decided if schools will be open for the first day of school.  An email, phone call, and text message will go out to all families this evening after the board meeting with an update if school will start on time tomorrow.

8/30/22 UPDATE:

The Port Angeles School District continues to put all its energy into the collective bargaining process. Reaching an agreement with our educators is our top priority and settling the deal before the first school day on September 1. The district and Port Angeles Education Association will be back at the bargaining table tonight to try to avoid a strike. 

Our ultimate goal is to reach a fair contract that is sustainable. These are highly complex matters and affect everyone in our school communities. We will stay committed to the bargaining process until we reach an agreement. Our priority is to resolve this as quickly as possible and launch our new school year on time. 

8/29/22 UPDATE:

Dear PASD Families,

The district leadership team is committed to and looking forward to a strong, student-focused school year. As part of this commitment, we are providing updates to our school families and the community regarding our bargaining process with our certificated staff (teachers, nurses, psychologists, counselors, and occupational therapists), represented by the Port Angeles Education Association (PAEA).

The negotiating teams for PASD and PAEA have been engaged in collective bargaining since March 2022 to reach a new contract that both supports educators and furthers our mission to create safe and effective learning communities. Our district is committed to fair and sustainable compensation for all our bargaining groups and unrepresented employees. While PASD and PAEA have tentatively agreed on numerous items, we have yet to resolve several key topics.

On Monday, August 29th,  PAEA announced their intent to strike effective September 1 if an agreement is not achieved by the first day of school. The uncertainty of this situation weighs heavily on our teachers, staff, students, families, and community. For some families, this will cause a lot of added stress. Our priority is to resolve this as quickly as possible and launch our new school year soon.

We hope to start school as scheduled on Thursday, September 1. If the start of school is delayed, we will use multiple modes of communication to alert families of the closure, including voicemail, emails, Facebook, and district websites. Now is a good time to make sure contact information is up-to-date in Skyward.

Now might also be a good time to explore alternative childcare or options for your children in case the start of school is delayed. No matter what, our schools will provide 180 days of quality education to our students, starting with whichever day school is back in session.

We look forward to reaching an agreement as quickly as possible. For up-to-date information regarding the negotiation process, please visit our district webpage here: www.portangelesschools.org

We will continue to update this page as new information unfolds. We welcome questions, and you can contact the district by emailing [email protected].

Please stay tuned for further updates from your school district.

In Partnership,

Carmen Geyer

Communications and Community Relations Coordinator

Port Angeles School District (www.portangelesschools.org)

905 W 9th St. Port Angeles, WA 98363

Office: 360-565-3703 | Fax: 360-457-0795

[email protected]