Late Monday afternoon, Aug. 27, Highline Public Schools announced that they reached a tentative agreement with the Highline Education Association (HEA). “This agreement honors the valuable work our educators do with students and demonstrates a commitment to providing a professional wage,” the district said in a statement. The HEA is the union that represents teachers and staff who work for the district. As we previously reported, on Aug. 23 union members voted to authorize a strike â€“ by a 97.6% margin â€“ should no agreement be reached by Sept. 4. Details of the agreement have not been released. â€œThe HEA bargaining team is pleased to bring forward an agreement we believe our membership will ratify and be proud of,â€ said Sue McCabe, Highline Education Association President. “We’ll be working hard to plan our General Membership meeting, so stay tuned, relax and enjoy the start of the school year. Wear red tomorrow!” The district added:
“We want to thank the individuals on both bargaining teams, who have worked tirelessly for many hours to come to an agreement. We all win when we can come together for the benefit of our students, families and staff.”The district says that school will start on schedule on Sept. 5 for grades 1-12, Sept. 10 for kindergarten, and Sept. 17 for PreK.
We are pleased to announce we have reached a tentative agreement with @HighlineEA1. The agreement honors the valuable work our educators do with students & demonstrates a commitment to providing a professional wage. More info: https://t.co/HupSYlKzBx pic.twitter.com/Pd5TBjOd4u— Highline Schools (@HighlineSchools) August 28, 2018