School board continues collective bargaining process

Published on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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The Blaine school district and the Blaine Education Association (BEA) remain involved in negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement, officials said Monday.

The existing agreement will expire August 31.

Current negotiations process was initiated in May and compensation enhancements continue to be a consistent point of reference in discussions taking place at the table.

Superintendent Ron Spanjer said while the Blaine school district has had a “strong history of competitive compensation for all employee groups” recent revenue reductions, including those initiated by Washington state legislature, have presented challenges for the future.

“Next to the students that we are charged with educating, our employees are the most valued resources in the overall organization,” he said. “We want to do everything possible to assure that those who work with our students each day are consistently and equitably supported. At the same time, we remain focused on retaining jobs for the maximum number of employees possible in this challenging economy.”

The bargaining committee representing BEA has requested an opportunity to get input from their members prior t the next bargaining session. They will return to the table on August 24.