Striking San Juan Island teachers ratified a new contract Monday afternoon, ending a four-day strike that began Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Classes for the school district’s approximately 750 students will resume Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
The school board is expected to approve this tentative agreement at a special board meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 5 at The Friday Harbor High School library. This will be an open public meeting. Details about the settlement will be made available to the public and posted on the district website once the board votes for final approval.
According to the San Juan Island Education Association, the contract includes a 3 percent pay raise, in addition to a 2.3 percent state-funded cost-of-living adjustment. Other key contract issues include professional development and classroom budgets.
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the association today. It feels good to have our teachers and students heading back to the classrooms, and it is a relief to be able to look at the year ahead and focus on student achievement," said Superintendent Danna Diaz.
Union President Amy Hull said she was proud of San Juan teachers for taking a stand, and she praised community members and businesses that offered their support.
A new school calendar will be posted on the district's website with a makeup day added to the school year. This revised calendar is expected to be approved by the board at the Special Board Meeting on Tuesday.
The 55 members of the San Juan Education Association were the only teachers on strike in Washington, although contracts continue to be negotiated in some districts.
“We all came together,” Hull said.