Press Release: San Juan Island School District and San Juan Education Association reach impasse in Collective Bargaining
At 6:20 pm on Thursday August 31, 2017, the San Juan Education Association (SJEA) informed the San Juan Island School District that the SJEA will hold a strike on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Teachers picketing on the corner of Spring St and Blair Ave. Photo by Gene Gearhart
Schools will remain closed (San Juan Island only) for the duration of a strike. Look for updates through the online newspapers, the SJISD website, social media, and Parentlink, the District’s communication app.
The District and the union have been meeting since July and have reached an impasse. Both the District and the union have agreed on mediation.
According to SJISD Superintendent Danna Diaz, “This is a very difficult situation for our entire community. The District is committed to resolving this situation as quickly as possible. Strikes do end, and at that time we will work together again on our shared mission of educating students.”
Ruth McKenna Friday, 01 September 2017 12:54 Comment Link
Negotiations are the hard-fought right of teachers to improve their working conditions and salaries. “Pay teachers first!” is a chant that has been heard in school districts for the past 20 years, and unfortunately, still goes unheeded. A strike is a disruption of school that does not end well and has lasting effects. Families in San Juan Island deserve clean, safe, and happy classes with teachers who are not worried about their ability to make ends meet. Are both sides just tinkering around the edges, or are they working toward a secure, long-term, dynamic future? We are an island, and we must depend on ourselves to solve problems with bold solutions.Report
Ruth McKenna, Candidate for San Juan Island School Director 1