Public School Finance and Collective Bargaining

Collective bargaining results in Collective Bargaining Agreements or contracts between the school district and various groups. Bargaining refers to the negotiation process between a union (on behalf of the bargaining unit it represents) and an employer to work out an agreement that will govern the terms and conditions of the workers' employment.

The National Labor Relations Act requires a duly elected union and an employer to meet and negotiate over wages, hours, and other employment terms, as well as to negotiate over issues that may arise under an existing CBA. 

South Whidbey School District has four unions, and we work with each employee group to negotiate and update CBAs:

  • Certificated staff (other than Administrators) including teachers, counselors, etc.: South Whidbey Education Association (SWEA)

  • Some of our Classified Staff (para educators, secretaries, etc.): Public School Employees (PSE)

  • Some of our Classified Staff (food service, transportation, custodial, etc.): Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

  • Principals and assistant principals: South Whidbey School District Principals Association


Link to Current Bargaining Agreements


WSSDA’s executive director, Tim Garchow, has released a statement on 2018-2019 school district budgets and collective bargaining. It is on the WSSDA homepage and also appeared in eClippings this morning.


Collective Bargaining FAQs - Answers

 Finance FAQs - Answers


June 6, 2018 Presentation

June 13, 2018 Presentation

June 20, 2018 Presentation

June 27, 2018 Presentation


August 2018 Budget - Negotiation Review

2018-19 District Proposed Salary

2019-20 District Proposed Salary

High - Avg - Low Salary Comparison


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