KEA Contract Proposal Removed From KEA Website

I just received the following note from Dale Folkerts, the WEA Communications person in charge of our www.kentschools.org website.  Many have asked why the KEA proposal from Thursday, Sept. 10th has been removed from that website.  KSD still has both proposals up, but it sounds like they are outdated at this point.  Here’s his response:

Yes, the bargaining team asked me to take it down. The underlining and strike-throughs that are essential to understanding which parts of the proposal are new and which are being deleted did not transfer well from their Word docs to the online PDF. So the result was something that was incomprehensible if not plain inaccurate. I asked for a newer, cleaner version, but have not received it. They’ve been busy reading and responding to proposals today, and that is their top priority. I am not going to bother them for this, and our members should also give them time to do the work that is essential to reaching a settlement, rather than bombarding them with e-mail queries.
 
 

Dale Folkerts, New Media Coordinator

WEA Communications

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7 Responses to “KEA Contract Proposal Removed From KEA Website”

  1. KSDParent Says:

    Although not a KEA member, I am reading everything about this strike since it directly affects my children, tax dollars, and elected officials. So I just don’t understand why the most recent proposal that was handed to the district is not just scanned? I work with contracts and proposals all day long between my company and clients. And never have I had an issue with a .pdf being something different than the word document once converted. That is the point of a .pdf. We store all of our contracts as .pdf documents to avoid unintended changes or saves to the file.

  2. agree Says:

    Exactly!

  3. KSDParentAsWell Says:

    The KSD site has what appears to be the latest KEA proposal (dated 9/12) as well as KSD’s response (also dated 9/12).

    It appears there are still gaps about key points such as class size at the K-3 levels, and required meetings per month. There are many other differences, but not being a lawyer, nor a teacher, I can’t say whether they are significant gaps or not.

  4. English Teacher Says:

    As a teacher in the district, I am offended at the phrase ‘bombarded with emails.’ I feel it is irresponsible of the UNION (not just those bargaining) to not let us know the latest. This is the toughest personal decision I have been asked to make and to feel discredited by those whom I am asked to place my ultimate trust in is yet another slap in the face.

    • kenteducationassociation Says:

      I am sorry you feel this way. Having talked to the bargaining team members directly, I can tell you that that phrase is no exaggeration, however. The bargaining team has alternated between periods of extreme boredom as they waited for a response from the District to intense work in trying to respond or craft new proposals. When they had a spare moment to check their emails or log on to Facebook or whatever, they were overwhelmed with people trying to “get the inside scoop.” All that became destructive, at some point, because it threatened to distract them from the job at hand.

      The reason why bargaining is closed to only the bargaining teams is that if every idea and proposal was brought to the public for debate, nothing would get done. Bargaining can not be done by a committee of 1,700. Both sides of the bargaining table release information as they see fit, and those who receive that info can do with it as they see fit. As I’ve said before on this blog, the step the District has taken of posting actual contract proposal language, rather than summarizing key points of agreement or disagreement, is a step that was unprecedented until the Bellevue strike. I believe it did a huge amount of harm, because it led to a huge amount of speculation and rumors from people that did not have all the facts. (I will openly admit that even I was guilty of this.)

      One of the amazing things I have learned through my participation in this strike as a strike coordinator and the main person in charge of the blog is that the current 24 hour media culture has created an expectation of instantaneous answers to our questions. Without context or explanation, this can often do more harm than good. Something to think about for your classroom, perhaps….

  5. Teacher/Parent Says:

    This is to Becky Hanks, spokeswoman for KSD:
    In today’s Seattle Times district officials were saying that $8.5 million is already committed to specific purposes from workers’compensation claims to books teachers have ordered. As a parent and teacher in this district I need our district to lay out EXACTLY what you have this money going towards AND also clarify for the parents and teachers what books we “supposedly” ordered. Are these curriculum based books that are required by KSD that teachers use in their classrooms? We all deserve to know the SPECIFIC purposes KSD is using this $8.5 million dollars.

  6. proposals Says:

    You can see all proposals from both KEA and KSD on the KSD website.

    http://www.kentschooldistrict.org

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