Classified staff, including bus drivers, custodians and food service workers in the Snoqualmie Valley School District now have a four-year contract in place. The contract, approved by a vote of the Public School Employees (PSE) union Feb. 13 and the school board Feb. 27, includes a 2 percent pay increase for each of the next four years.
The contract is also retroactive to Sept. 1, 2013. The union’s previous contract expired Aug. 31, and the staff had been working under the terms of that expired contract for most of the 2013-14 school year.
Snoqualmie Valley School Board members were congratulated on finalizing the PSE contract, and urged to work on doing the same with the Snoqualmie Valley Administrative Secretaries Association (SVASA), also working under a contract that expired in August.
School volunteer Lynne Keogh reminded the board that secretaries are “the first line of defense,” in a school building. She said she was worried that the board didn’t seem to know what these employees did for the district.
SVASA representatives and the district bargaining team are negotiating with a mediator. The group last met Feb. 12.