In the classroom and at the bargaining table, Tacoma teachers and support staff are focused on what’s best for kids.
That’s why we’re negotiating a new contract that:
- Protects students from overcrowded classrooms. Allow teachers to provide students the individual attention they need to succeed. (Protect class sizes.)
- Treats teachers fairly. The school district administration continues to demand school staffing policies that are subjective and would result in discrimination against teachers. The administration has refused to drop its demand to use subjective and discriminatory criteria in making school staffing decisions. Tacoma teachers have made it clear they cannot approve a contract that includes that policy language. This is the biggest obstacle to settlement.
- Protects teachers from falling behind. Tacoma teachers are not advocating for a pay raise, but the district administration is pushing a pay cut. Most surrounding school districts, including Puyallup and University Place, have not cut their teachers’ pay, despite reduction in state funding. If we fall behind other districts, Tacoma’s students will lose their best teachers to neighboring suburban school districts.
- Makes student learning the top budget and administrative priority. Provide educators with the classroom resources and administrative support they need. (Administration policies and budget decisions that support teachers and kids.)