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Highline SD T-III

Highline School District / Local 763
Teamsters - III Bargaining Update:

March 27, 2018


Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - bargaining began at 9:00AM. The District spent most of the day responding to the Union's proposals. Their theme response was "we respectfully decline". The union still has a comprehensive wage package to give the district. 

It may be a bit premature, but it doesn't look like we are going to get a deal before the end of the school year. After two meetings, the bargaining committee is not convinced the district is addressing your concerns. The district has only responded to half of our proposals so far. 

We need to send the district a strong, unified message. On May 1, we are asking you to wear blue to work and show your support for the bargaining committee. We expect our wage study to show that almost everyone in our bargaining unit is behind the market. It's time show solidarity. It's time to stand up and fight for what you deserve. 

It's time for a raise! 

Please share this notice with any and all members of the bargaining unit. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 206-441-0763.

Bargaining dates are:

  • May 1, 2018
  • May 8, 2018
  • May 22, 2018
  • June 12, 2018

Please wear blue on these dates in support of your classified bargaining committee. 

Thank You,

Anthony Murrietta
Business Agent / President
Teamsters Local 763

Committee members: 

Debbie Bosch-Gravel
Melanie Bowman
Patty Boyd
Laura Butler
Marta Hood
Pamela Keller


Highline School District / Local 763 
Teamsters - III Bargaining Update:

March 20, 2018


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - bargaining began at 9:19AM. The District had a minimal amount of proposals; some of which we think we can work with. The Union had a comprehensive proposal with the exception of wages at this time. We expect to exchange our wage proposal within the next couple of meetings. 

We proposed improvement to seniority rights. We hope to make clear Article 7, "Hours of Work", with improvement to the work day. We need to improve upon when employees take designated breaks, specify a designated amount of time for administrative duties. We spoke of extra service contracts and situations which arise causing the employee to work beyond his/her scheduled work day. 

We made proposals which may streamline the evaluation process. We hope to attract employees by eliminating restrictions to previous work experience. We proposed substitutes be part of our bargaining unit as well as increasing the amount of para's who hold emergency teaching certificates.

We proposed increases to bereavement, sick leave and personal days.

We discussed safety issues, such as improved transparency to Independent Education Plans, and increase accessability to the member who has exposure to a child with an IEP. 

Please share this notice with any and all members of the bargaining unit. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 206-441-0763. 

Bargaining dates have been adjusted to:

  • March 27, 2018
  • May 1, 2018
  • May 8, 2018
  • May 22, 2018
  • June 12, 2018

Please wear blue on these dates in support of your classified bargaining commitee. 

Thank You,

Anthony J. Murrietta                         Chad Baker
Business Agent/President                   Business Agent 
Teamsters Local 763                           Teamsters Local 763

Committee members: 

Debbie Bosch-Gravel
Melanie Bowman
Patty Boyd
Laura Butler
Marta Hood
Pamela Keller




A Professional Growth program designed to encourage improvement in professional skills and increase productivity on the job through training and education has been recognized to be a benefit to Highline School District and its employees. This program will cover costs to improve an employee's skill set. Participation is open to all employees represented by the Union and is voluntary. 

  1. The cost of the Professonal Growth shall not exceed forty-thousand dollars ($40,000.00) in a school year; such disbursements shall not cause the District to exceed any legislated salary or benefit restrictions. Those unused funds shall rollover from scholl year to the following school year. In the even of a double levy loss, the fund will revert to the previous school year level. 
  2. A Professional Growth Committee (PGC) shall administer this program. It shall be comprised of three Union represented employees designated by the Union and three members to be apppointed by the Superintendent. No two appointees shall be from the same department. The committee shall meet monthly or as needed.
  3. The PGC shall review and decide all issues under its jurisdiction; its decisions are final. Four "yes" votes will be necessary to approve any expenditure.
    • A prior approval form must be completed with all appropriate information (to include course description). The completed form is to be submitted to the immediate supervisor for comment and approval or disapproval. The supervisor does not have the power to nullify an application; however, the supervisor's comments will be considered. The employee shall be informed of the PGC decision in a timely fashion. 
    • All applicants must be a member in "good standing" with Teamster III to qualify. 
    • Prior approval for course work to be taken during the summer must be submitted to the committee by June 1. Late requests cannot be guaranteed coverage. 
    • The maximum an employee can receive from this program is one-thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per year.  

You may email Judy Gill at to request the professional growth form and return the form to Judy as the Chairperson of the Professional Growth Committee. 

Anthony J. Murrietta
President/Business Agent
Teamsters Local #763
14675 Interurban Ave S, Ste #305
Tukwila, WA 98168
(p) 206.441.0763
(f) 206.441.6376


Paraboard Logo Wide

Good morning!

The Paraeducator Board is pleased to announce an additional opportunity to apply for the Pipeline for Paraeducator Conditional Loan Scholarship!

The next deadline is just a month away, on March 6th, but if you are unable to apply by this date we have created an additional review date, May 8th. Please be sure to pass this message along to all interested paraeducators.

Details of the program follow:

This program can provide funding for paraeducators interested in earning their residency teaching certificate, who have a minimum of three years classroom experience and no college degree, with up to $4,000 towards earning their Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Washington community or technical college. Those awarded will be required to complete their AA within two years of award date, making them eligible to enroll in an Alternative Route 1 program to earn certification, and teach for a minimum of two years.

More information on the requirements and responsibilities of candidates are now available:

We look forward to your application!

Employee Safety

Based on feedback from the surveys, the hottest topic was Employee Safety.  Many examples of unruly children hitting, kicking, biting, throwing objects, and attacking employees.  It was the consensus of the members in attendance the District is not providing a safe work environment from violent children.

Because we were able to decipher the data, Doug Henderson and Anthony Murrietta contacted Washington State Labor & Industries prior to the meeting. The agent directed us to the "Safety and Health Core Rules", which are the laws requiring Employers to provide a safe work environment. 

Please refer to the Teamsters 763 website, Teamsters III, Putting your Employer on Notice link.  We are preparing step by step instructions on what to do when faced with this situation.


Safety and Health Core Rules

Chapter 296-800 WAC

Employer Responsibilities: Safe Workplace

296-800-11000  Employer Responsibilities: Safe workplace Summary 

296-800-11005  Provide a workplace free from recognized hazards

296-800-11010  Provide and use means to make a workplace safe

296-800-11015  Prohibit employees from entering, or being in, any workplace that is not safe

296-800-11020  Construct your workplace so it is safe

296-800-11025  Prohibit alcohol and narcotics from your workplace

296-800-11030  Prohibit employees from using tools and equipment that are not safe

296-800-11035  Establish, supervise, and enfore rules that lead to a safe and healthy work

296-800-11040  Control chemical agents

296-800-11045  Protect employees from biological agents

Employee Responsibilities

296-800-12000  Rule

296-800-12005  Employee responsibilities


Putting Your Employer On Notice

What to do when violently attacked by a child at school? Start by placing your employer on notice. File a report to ensure you properly documented the incident. File as many as is appropriate.

Click on the report below to download the interactive word document. Once you've filled out the form, please be sure to make a copy for your own records. 



Bargaining Committee Expectations

The members unanimously ratified the follow expectations of the bargaining committee:

  • All proposals will first be viewed and vetted by the bargaining committee prior to submitting it to the district,
  • All phones, i-pads, tablets, etc shall be turned off during bargaining,
  • All members of the committee shall be encouraged to participate in the discussions with the district (understanding there is a chief spokesperson),
  • All members of the bargaining committee are encouraged to communicate with the members of Teamsters III bargaining unit what is taking place during  bargaining and encouraged to bring back to the committee the member’s feedback,
  • The committee shall post contract updates on the Teamsters 763 website after each session,
  • All members of the bargaining committee are expected to attend the meeting(s) preparing the proposals and the negotiation sessions,
  • Any member of the bargaining committee who violates these expectations will be removed from the committee.


Meal and Rest Periods and Hours Worked

We also discussed employees missing their Meal and Rest Periods and Hours Worked.  The Union provided copies of Labor and Industries Administrative Policies regarding both of these topics.  Please familiarize yourself with both of these Administrative Policies:

Washington State Labor and Industries ES.C.2

Washington State Labor and Industries ES.C.6   

If your school is not allowing for proper breaks and/or lunch periods or violating work hours, you may file a grievance or a complaint with L&I.

Early Education Paras are in need of a classification study due to the recent changes in their duties, all others were reviewed during the last year.


Bargaining Committee Members

The bargaining committee is as follows:

Betty Albright, Para

Laura Butler, Para

Peach Aigbe, Para

Patty Boyd, Para

Debi Bosch-Gravel, Nurse

Jessica Kido, Other

Rochelle Kelley, Nutrition Services

Deb Marbet, Office (elementary)

Patti Zimmerman, (high school)


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