Archive for June, 2011

Bargaining Update

June 30, 2011

 Bargaining Team Goal: To strengthen the KEA contract in the areas of working conditions, compensation, and benefits in order to improve both the teaching and learning conditions for the students of the Kent School District.

More bargaining this week! KEA and KSD held an-all day meeting on Tuesday, June 28. Several proposals were exchanged and we are close on some smaller issues. The district has agreed to bring responses to the KEA proposals at our next meeting. Workload and teacher rights have dominated our discussions. Your KEA Bargaining Team is standing firm on the issue of teacher-directed time. Some of the remaining issues are complex and will not be resolved independently.

Staying informed all summer, as well as communicating with colleagues and community members, gives your bargaining team the power to get the most beneficial settlement for KEA members.

Some members of the KEA team left for Chicago for the NEA Representative Assembly Wednesday morning (June 29). Joint bargaining is scheduled to resume in mid-July.

In other news …
There are three school board positions up for election, two of which are contested. The Kent Educators for Legislative Accountability (KELA) team interviewed the candidates for each position. Look for the recommendations soon.

Don’t forget …

  • Regular Bargaining Updates will also be posted on the KEA Blog where you can also post your questions and comments.
  • General Membership Meeting, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 30, Kentwood High School

KEA Bargaining Team
Lisa Brackin-Johnson, KEA President
Connie Compton, Special Ed., Jenkins Creek
Cindy Prescott, 4th/5th grade, Crestwood
Michael Kerstetter, Music, Daniel
Brian Thornton, Social Studies, Meridian Middle
Emma Goliff, 1st/2nd grade, Panther Lake
Ron Nauer, Science, Meeker
Rose Racicot, Occupational Therapy/Assistive Technology
Sandra Goveia, KEA UniServ Representative

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KEA Bargaining Update June 2011

June 23, 2011

Please note:  This bargaining update is reprinted here for the purpose of your response.  Questions, comments, suggestions, complaints and/or kudos are all welcome and will be answered, if that is called for, by bargaining team members as soon as possible.  This will be an ongoing feature during bargaining and please feel free to make use of the interactive component of this media.

Bargaining Team Goal:  To strengthen the KEA contract in the areas of working conditions, compensation, and benefits to improve teaching, and learning for the students of the Kent School District.

Bargaining continues! Your KEA Bargaining Team has met with the KSD district team four times this spring. The next joint meetings with the district are scheduled for all day June 24th and June 28th. We will continue to meet throughout the summer.

Between meetings with the district, KEA’s team meets to strategize and develop proposals. KEA’s focus is on improving learning conditions for our students, time (late start days, calendar, meetings) and teacher rights. Our proposals are based upon your input from listening sessions over the past two years, and member concerns.

Teams have stated interests and begun exchanging proposals addressing workload, teacher rights, and Learning Collaboration Time. At this point, no tentative agreements have been reached between the district and your association.

The current contract expires on August 31, 2011. 

Stay informed this summer.

Regular Bargaining Updates will be sent via home email and will be posted on the KEA Blog https://kenteducationassociation.wordpress.com/ where you can also post your questions and comments.

Be sure to give your input when asked.

General Membership Meeting

August 30, 2011, 5-7 p.m.

Kentwood High School.

KEA Bargaining Team

Lisa Brackin-Johnson, KEA President

Connie Compton, Special Ed., Jenkins Creek

Cindy Prescott, 4th/5th grade, Crestwood

Michael Kerstetter, General Music, Daniel

Brian Thornton, Social Studies, Meridian Middle

Emma Goliff, 1st grade, Panther Lake

Ron Nauer, Science, Meeker

Rose Racicot, Occupational Therapy / Assistive Technology

Sandra Goveia, KEA Uniserv Representative