Medical Lake Education Association

Medical Lake Education Association The Medical Lake Education Association is the union serving certificated employees in the Medical Lake School District. Go Cardinals!

06/25/2019
Ninja Warrior

Congratulations, Sandy Zimmerman!

That’s mom power! 💪Sandy Zimmerman becomes the first mother to make it up the warped wall!

05/14/2019
We Teach Tacoma - Tacoma Education Association

Tacoma.

Despite $30 million in reserves and a mere 4 month lapse in levy collection, TPS is moving ahead with RIFs today.
TEA is committed to fighting for the impacted staff and positions.
We know the important work our members do to support
students, staff, and community.

04/13/2019
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

When you hear talk in the next couple of weeks about restoring levy flexibility, especially in light of what just happened in Spokane, this is what we're talking about.

In 2018, the Legislature cut $1 billion per year in local voter-approved school levies without approval from voters. This was not mandated by the Supreme Court and must be corrected before the end of the legislative session. Watch Supt. Reykdal explain why.

#WAedu #WAleg #schoolfunding

02/24/2019
Gerry Brooks

To all you losing time and sleep, thank you.

Lemons to lemonade....

Instagram: gerrybrooksprin

If you're in need of additional clock hours for recertification, or to make moves up the salary schedule, you may want t...
10/28/2018
Course

If you're in need of additional clock hours for recertification, or to make moves up the salary schedule, you may want to consider the on-line offerings through the Community Colleges of Spokane--they're pretty affordable!

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Go get 'em, Ki-Be!
07/30/2018

Go get 'em, Ki-Be!

07/29/2018

Bargaining Update for MLEA Members

Hello friends, colleagues, community members, and anyone else interested in how the negotiations for our new contract are going:

We've met with the District four times now and had some meaningful conversations about the new state funding and our vision for where that money should go. Our commitment to our members, just as a simple function of fairness, is that we will have a competitive wage compared to other districts in Spokane County.

We have settlements from our neighbors to the west, in the Caribou Trail league, and they're looking a double-digit percentage increases. Similarly, I've had an opportunity to talk with other locals in our area through WEA-Eastern Washington, and they're asking for life changing numbers--the kind of competitive, professional salary that we've been requesting for generations in teaching.

The opportunity is NOW. We're sensitive to the need for a sustainable budget, certainly; I was president the last time we had teacher layoffs in Medical Lake, and it was one of the hardest things that I ever had to do as we sat in meetings to tell good people that they didn't have a job any more. I never want to do that again. That said, when the OSPI budget documents show a $2.5 million dollar increase for Medical Lake next year and the current salary offer from the District is less than 1/3 of that money, there's a problem.

Our next meeting with the District is scheduled for August 15th. It's my fondest hope to be emailing all of you that afternoon to say, "Hot damn! We have an agreement!" and then start presenting the good news to you so that we can all return our focus to the reason we're here--the kids.

If you have any questions about where we're at feel free to send me a message on Facebook, or call me on my cell phone: 951-1290. I appreciate the support you've shown the Bargaining Team, and here's to an amazing 2018-2019 school year.

With thanks,

--Ryan--

From our friends in the other MLEA:Quincy EA ratified their new agreement this week. Way to go!!!BA + 0 Step Zero - Star...
07/28/2018

From our friends in the other MLEA:

Quincy EA ratified their new agreement this week. Way to go!!!

BA + 0 Step Zero - Starting Salary is $48,269.
MA+90 Step 16 - They will earn $90,979.
The salary schedule is total compensation = base pay plus enrichment/supplemental. Longevity sits outside the salary schedule and starts at year 10 and goes to 30+ years of service.

Quincy EA ratified their new agreement this week. Way to go!!!

BA + 0 Step Zero - Starting Salary is $48,269.
MA+90 Step 16 - They will earn $90,979.
The salary schedule is total compensation = base pay plus enrichment/supplemental. Longevity sits outside the salary schedule and starts at year 10 and goes to 30+ years of service.

NPR
07/19/2018
NPR

NPR

Many of the groups behind the opt-out campaign have long opposed not only agency fees (which the Supreme Court just ruled against), but teachers' unions in general, on the grounds that they inhibit education reforms such as vouchers and charter schools.

Over in my old stomping grounds locals are working together to make sure everyone gets a fair contract.We're doing that ...
07/18/2018

Over in my old stomping grounds locals are working together to make sure everyone gets a fair contract.

We're doing that here in Spokane County, too--if Cheney, Reardan, or anyone else says that they need us, we'll be there for them, and if we need them, they'll be here for us. There's power in a union, and it's great to see it used!

--Ryan--

Chehalis Education Association is gathering to join Centralia tomorrow to show their support! Thank you Chehalis! Tumwater and Rochester will be there too!

Hi MLEA members,I'll have a lot more to say about this in the coming months, but you may be approached either personally...
07/14/2018
How Corporations Plan To Use Janus To Turn Workers Against Their Own Unions

Hi MLEA members,

I'll have a lot more to say about this in the coming months, but you may be approached either personally or through mail about dropping your union membership. This article gets into the broad strokes about the folks behind this, and why it's a bad idea--please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

--Ryan--

A union buster may be coming to your door.

06/28/2018
Montana Hay Train 2017

If you can help Dave and his family, I know it would be appreciated.

One of our local Friends and Medical Lake Middle School teacher got in a serious tractor accident. He is adored by all of the kids and staff. He is truly a one of a kind person in and out of school. He has been a huge part of the West Plains community for many years. The accident happened mid May... and he has not left the hospital. He will be undergoing multiple surgeries... and is expected to begin to walk again in about 1 year. He is not the kind of man to ask for help, but anyone being in his position can use all the help they can get.

We opened a donation account at the Medical Lake WSECU Bank Acct#6938838
Name: Donation Acct David D.

Mailing Address:
WSECU
Medical Lake Branch
PO Box 519
Medical Lake, WA 99022

Physical Address:
WSECU
Medical Lake Branch
205 E. SR 902
Medical Lake, WA 99022

If you have any further questions feel free to PM

If nothing else please share this post to help Stephanie and David Dormaier with all the medical expenses they are going to acquire.

Thank you!
Steve and Angela Stimson

Shared with permission from the Medical Lake Community Forum page.
06/09/2018

Shared with permission from the Medical Lake Community Forum page.

MLEA Members,In this week's advocacy alert from the National Education Association there's a link to a bill that would i...
04/29/2018
Education Insider

MLEA Members,

In this week's advocacy alert from the National Education Association there's a link to a bill that would impact us more than any other district in eastern Washington--a proposal to create a voucher program for the children of military members. If you could click the link below and send one of the packaged emails to our legislators it can make a difference--the whole process takes maybe 30 seconds.

Thanks!

--Ryan--

In a party-line vote on April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the Farm Bill, which includes harsh changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s largest anti-hunger program. Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP helps feed one in five U.S......

In Solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Kentucky!
04/06/2018
Why bluegrass teachers are seeing red

In Solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Kentucky!

The temperature is rising in this "education spring." That's because teachers in states like Kentucky are turning up the heat against Republican attacks.

02/26/2018

MLEA members--

The United States Supreme Court is hearing a major case tomorrow known as Janus; if they rule against the unions, and that's what is expected, our work as a union will get that much harder. The WEA is asking everyone to consider wearing red tomorrow, February 26th--if you'd join in, it would be appreciated.

Thanks!

--Ryan--

WEA-Eastern Washington
02/12/2018

WEA-Eastern Washington

Friends, please make sure to have your ballots postmarked by Tuesday so that they can count in the levy and bond elections around our area. The picture below shows you the return statistics for Spokane as of Friday--there's still a ton of ballots out there that could make the difference. THANK YOU to everyone who has voted so far!

01/18/2018
Medical Lake High School Booster Club

Medical Lake High School Booster Club

Attention Cardinal fans:. The booster club needs your help this Saturday. The girls and boys basketball teams are hosting Deer Park with first game starting at 2:30 pm. Then there will be 4 more games at 4 and 6 pm. 5 of the 6 regular volunteers that man the concession stand will not be able to attend that day. We need people to fill in and take there place. Please respond if you are able to help out. Set-up begins at 1:30 pm.

Thank you and Go Cardinals!
Darin Spangler
MLHS Booster Club President

09/01/2017
San Juan Island Education Association

Standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the San Juan Island EA.

San Juan Island teachers to strike Friday, Sept. 1
“No Confidence” in Supt. Danna Diaz

San Juan Education Association news release, 8/31/17

This afternoon teachers on San Juan Island voted to strike beginning Friday, Sept. 1, after the San Juan Island School Board and Supt. Danna Diaz refused to negotiate a fair contract settlement.

“Superintendent Diaz and the school board refuse to invest in the quality teachers our students deserve,” said Amy Hull, president of the San Juan Education Association, which represents about 55 teachers and certificated educators. “Professional, competitive pay is necessary to attract and keep caring, qualified, committed teachers for students in the San Juan Island School District.”

Superintendents and school boards in dozens of districts across Washington have reached fair contract settlements with their teachers this month, many with substantial salary increases. San Juan teachers are the only educators on strike in Washington. The last teacher strikes in the state were in 2015.
Diaz’ current proposal would put San Juan educators further and further behind their peers in other districts, which would put island students at a disadvantage.

Approximately 97 percent of the teachers at tonight’s union meeting voted to strike. School started today (Aug. 31) in the district, which has 750 students. The existing contract expired today. Teachers also voted “no confidence” in Diaz by 97 percent.

Teachers are frustrated by the lack of respect shown by Diaz and believe her refusal to negotiate a fair contract proves she doesn’t value San Juan teachers.

“We believe educators should have more control over their own professional development choices and the purchase of curriculum and support materials from dedicated classroom budgets,” Hull said. “But Supt. Diaz doesn’t trust or respect us as education professionals.”

At the meeting, the sentiment was that she treats teachers like they are replaceable.

SJEA is affiliated with the statewide Washington Education Association.

Solidarity to our colleagues in Federal Way!
08/25/2017

Solidarity to our colleagues in Federal Way!

Great to see over 350 members, parents, and community partners in support.
FWEA members need a contract that makes Federal Way the best place to work and learn! #United4StrongFWSchools

Congratulations to our Brothers and Sisters in the Kelso EA!
08/24/2017
Kelso teachers ratify new labor contract

Congratulations to our Brothers and Sisters in the Kelso EA!

The Kelso Education Association voted unanimously Wednesday to ratify a new one-year labor contract that buys the Kelso School District more time to interpret major changes to how the state

08/23/2017

REMINDER: The insurance brokers will be at the Middle School this Friday, August 25th from 12:00 to 4:00 to help anyone interested in hearing about the different insurance options. If you're not able to make it there, please bring any questions you might have to the Benefits Fair next Monday morning and we'll do our best to get them answered.

Thanks!

--Ryan--

07/19/2017
Leslie

We wanted to make sure you all saw this message from Leslie Cicero, Paul Cicero's wife. All the best to her and Conor.

Thank you so much for your heartfelt posts, memories. cards, and flowers. Mr Cicero loved being your Art teacher and coach! Blessings to all ❤ ! Sincerely, Leslie and Conor Cicero

06/30/2017

All of us in the Medical Lake Education Association send our condolences to the family of Paul Cicero, who died earlier this week. Paul was an amazing art teacher for more than 30 years at MLHS, as well as a coach - the impact he had on our community can't possibly be expressed fully enough to cover all the good he did. I'll share information about a funeral when it becomes available.

May he rest in peace.

Please take a moment to email the legislators one short message: no levy swap.
06/18/2017
Edmonds Education Association

Please take a moment to email the legislators one short message: no levy swap.

ACTION NEEDED! The levy swap (what we call the levy swipe) appears to be gaining traction again as legislators negotiate in Olympia. Use this link to email your legislators with a simple message--STOP the LEVY SWAP. This would be devastating to our community's ability to fund things that we value locally, and it would severely limit the money we have to bargain locally. It also would likely not bring NEW revenue to our schools, as the state would just take our local dollars and give them back to schools under the heading of state funding and then say they have done their duty to fund schools. It's a horrible idea on all counts! Please repost to your timeline!

06/16/2017

MLEA Members,

You may have seen the email from the District Office last week regarding getting your credits or clock hours turned in by AUGUST 4TH in order to be applied for next year. While that would be nice, and appreciated, you technically have until September to get those turned in.

Julie Davis has asked that if you think you will go up on the pay scale, please let her know so that she can know to look out for your increment sheets and get them processes quickly. September is an incredibly busy time for them, so anything you can do to help would be appreciated.

Thanks!

--Ryan--

04/26/2017

Our thoughts are with former MLEA member and long time Blair Elementary teacher Peggy Mahoney today as she mourns the loss of her husband, Gene.

MLEA Members,You may have heard by now that our friend and colleague Sara O'Donnell is going through a health emergency ...
02/26/2017
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MLEA Members,

You may have heard by now that our friend and colleague Sara O'Donnell is going through a health emergency with her 4 year old son Evan right now. He's having a very important surgery tomorrow to remove a mass and alleviate some pain; if you would consider wearing a red shirt (Evan's favorite color!) to show your support for the family, it would be great to give them that solidarity.

Please message me if you have any questions.

With thanks,

--Ryan--

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Most of you have heard me give this lecture before, but I'll give it one more time today: please be careful about what y...
02/19/2017
Prosser teacher on administrative leave after Facebook post

Most of you have heard me give this lecture before, but I'll give it one more time today: please be careful about what you say on Facebook.

A first-grade teacher’s Facebook post urging people to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement during the Day Without Immigrants Boycott generated calls, emails and complaints. Prosser’s superintendent placed the teacher on administrative leave because of the disruption it caused.

MLEA Members: many of you have noted the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education.  Her confirmation h...
01/24/2017

MLEA Members: many of you have noted the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education. Her confirmation hearing was bad--she couldn't defend the IDEA, she didn't understand the different between growth and proficiency, she couldn't describe her plans to help our current public schools--and afterwards her ethics paperwork came back with a bunch of red flags that have caused her confirmation to be delayed. This is good, and we need to keep the pressure on.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25th many of the national education organizations are encouraging teachers and school workers to wear red and show their support for our public schools; if you'd consider taking part, we'd love to have as many people on board as possible!

Thanks!

--Ryan--

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