FOLLOWUP: Teachers’ informational picketing in West Seattle; contract talks continue Thursday

(WSB photo)

4:51 PM: No word yet on how today’s contract talks between Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association went/are going. But on this day after voting to authorize a strike if no deal is reached in the next week, many educators spent an hour on informational picket lines before or after their workday. Above, Louisa Boren STEM K-8 educators along Delridge minutes ago. Adding photos from other schools shortly.

5:43 PM: Teachers from Gatewood Elementary were stationed at the busy corner of Fauntleroy/Alaska:

(WSB photo)

Several blocks south on Fauntleroy, the Fairmount Park Elementary line:

(Texted photo)

From Alki Elementary:

(E-mailed photo)

And the first group we heard from after the vote last night, Genesee Hill Elementary:

The sign on the left in their photo is a big issue in addition to salary, teacher Stephen Katz told us in a conversation during the picketing, as one of the chants was for “full-time counselors! full-time nurses! full-time librarians!” Even GH – the most populous elementary in West Seattle – has only a part-time nurse, he explained. Katz – who teaches third-graders at GH – has a unique perspective, having worked in the private sector, including as a small-business owner, before becoming a teacher at age 50. He and the GH teachers will picket again 3:30-4:30 pm tomorrow; most of the other schools we heard from also plan to do it again tomorrow, either before or after their workdays – they are all continuing to prepare for the scheduled first day of school one week from today, as contract talks continue. Also: The union has just announced that it and the district will be back at the table tomorrow, saying “some progress was made” today.

ADDED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT: We’ve also received a photo from Pathfinder K-8:

They too will be out picketing again tomorrow – 7 am to 8 am outside the school on Pigeon Point.

6 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Teachers' informational picketing in West Seattle; contract talks continue Thursday"

  • Scott August 30, 2018 (8:05 am)

    It’s not legal for teachers, or any public employee, to strike.

    • WSeaKnits August 30, 2018 (12:25 pm)

      According to a 2006 opinion from the state’s attorney general, public employees have no legally-protected right to go on strike.And there are no penalties in the law to punish teachers, or any other public employees, when they do choose to strike.KGW can Verify public employee strikes are illegal and not covered by law — but there are no ramifications against doing so.

    • heartless August 30, 2018 (10:16 pm)

      Ahhh, yes, Scott.  Let’s rely on a set of arbitrary laws to determine what is right.  Well done!  How could you ever be wrong using this method?  Good job, Scott.    

  • Mark August 30, 2018 (11:25 am)

    Equity is them getting raises from low income and middle class taxpayers to squeeze them even more. Cut admin staff to pay them more but we are taxed out. The rest of us aren’t getting 15% raises. 

    • WS parent August 30, 2018 (8:20 pm)

      No, equity is them getting raises from upper income taxpayers, but the Legislature refuses to properly fund education.  It’s like the Legislature is composed of upper income individuals or something… 

  • 22blades August 30, 2018 (9:08 pm)

    Anybody remember when they sold us on in-state gambling to fund education?Teachers deserve as much respect as the mentors of the next generation. There’s something wrong about the compensation an athelete or gamer is rewarded versus the teachers of your next generation.

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