Be sure to visit the Events and Have You Heard? pages of this website for some interesting information!!
PEA Retirement Reception, Flyer below
WEA Delegates rally in Olympia,
vote to support COLA Initiative
Over 1,000 elected delegates from all over the state, including 12 from Puyallup, participated in the annual WEA Representative Assembly (RA) held the last weekend in April at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Here are some highlights of the 3-day event:
Update for you!
Does Rodney Tom hate teachers?
That’s the question a lot of teachers and school employees throughout the state have been asking lately. Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom became the Senate Majority Leader this legislative session by allying with 23 Republicans and one other Democrat to create a 25-24 majority in the state senate. Since then, he’s been responsible for a number of bills that many consider to be anti-teacher, anti-union, and anti-public education.
Here are just a few:
Eliminating Teacher Retirement System (TRS) Plans 2 and 3: Sen. Tom is proposing to end Plans 2 and 3 and replace them with a risky, corporate-style 401(k) plan that eliminates any defined pension for retirees (SB5852). How much money teachers will have upon retirement will depend solely on how well their investments in the stock market perform during their careers. Sen. Tom’s legislation would apply to all new hires, and any current employee who is younger than 45.
Allowing you to be fired for any reason by your principal: Sen. Tom wants principals to be able to remove teachers from their current positions and place those teachers into a district “pool” of displaced teachers (SB 5242). If a teacher in the pool is not picked up by another school by May 15, it will be grounds for dismissal.
Reducing your salary: SB 5852 would limit additional pay to 10% above the state’s basic salary. For example, if you’re at the top of the PEA salary schedule, you’d be limited to earning $6.065 more than the base salary. Currently, those at the top of our salary schedule earn $15,971 more than the base. Sen. Tom’s legislation would force all of these teachers to take a $9906 pay cut.
So what can YOU do?
Call Sen. Tom’s office at (360)-786-7694 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know your opinion. Be sure to use your cell phone or home computer during non-work hours.
WEA is Supporting
Jay Inslee for Governor:
The 2012 Race for the Governors Office,
A Comparison of the Candidates:
INSLEE vs McKENNA
On Collective Bargaining& Public Sector Unions:
On Merit Pay:
On Education Reform:
and not solely rely on seniority.12
Respect for Educators:
he finds more compelling.14
The Choice is Clear- Jay Inslee!
PEA Exec Board Members for 2012-13:
President: Karen McNamara (PEA Office) 253-845-4535
Vice-President: Jennifer Oliver (Edgerton) 253- 840-8809
Secretary: Lisa Elliott (Zeiger) 253-841-8663
Treasurer:Terry Addison (Zeiger) 253-841-8663
UniServ Rep 1: Heidi Eshpeter (Woodland) 253-841-8747
UniServ Rep 3: Kelley Lee (Pope) 253-841-8755
UniServ Rep 4: Larry Swanson (Aylen) 253-841-8723
UniServ Rep 5: Amy Tutty (Edgerton) 253-840-8809
UniServ Rep 6: Laurie Rose (Shaw Road) 253-841-8675
UniServ Rep 7: Kim Petty (Shaw Road) 253-841-8675
UniServ Rep 9: Katie Fralick (Stewart) 253-841-8743
UniServ Rep 10: Sheila Whittingslow (Meeker) 253-435-2592
UniServ Rep 11: Julie Harding (Sunrise) 253-841-8744
UniServ Rep 13: Tawana Bens (Ferrucci) 253-841-8756