Update: Rally for teachers before vote from 1-3:30pm outside of Benaroya Hall where the vote is to be taken. Doors open for teachers at 2 pm with the general meeting starting at 3 pm.
From the SEA website:
The SEA Standing Rules require that the members receive a summary of the tentative agreement for review 72 hours before the General Membership Meeting. SEA was not able to secure a large enough venue after the 72 hour period until Sunday. (Note: We apologize for incorrectly stating previously that the actual TA was required to be available for 72 hours. Our Standing Rules only require a summary. Actual language is being posted today, Friday 9/18/15.)
I find that statement odd; was the TA was not available to teachers in a timely manner (72 hours or no 72 hours)?
- Is the General Membership vote by bargaining unit?
Yes. The SEA Standing Rules require that the certificated, para-educator and secretary bargaining units vote separately on the tentative agreement.
- Will the vote be by secret ballot or voice vote?
It is up to the members in attendance at the General Membership meeting to determine the method of voting at the beginning of the meeting. The president will propose a motion for the adoption of the Special Rules of Order for the meeting. It will propose a secret ballot vote. If the body wishes to move to a voice vote it may propose that at any time.
- What are the requirements for a quorum for a General Membership meeting on contract ratification?
The SEA Standing Rules require that 20% of the members of each bargaining unit – the certificated, para-educator and secretary bargaining units are present. Additionally 60% of the buildings must be present. The final vote requires a simple majority – 50% + 1.
end of update
There is a fair amount of chatter out there about "no" votes that may come tomorrow to ratify the contract that the SEA negotiating team accepted from the district this week. Most of what I am hearing is from a few teachers at the Soup for Teachers Facebook page. Many parents there support them (but I wouldn't be surprised at that because of how much these parents support the teachers).
The Times has an article as well on the issue.
The unhappiness seems to be over Sped ratios which affect both Sped teachers as well as every other teacher who has a Sped student in his/her class. It's a pretty big deal.
Naturally, each teacher will have to vote his or her conscience but, as well, consider the district as a whole.
What will the general public think if the contract is rejected and it's back to the picket line?
What will parents think?
What happens in each classroom is the bottom line. Is there enough support for teachers in the classroom that enough of them feel they can comfortably vote yes?
I'm thinking the vote will pass but there might be about one-third of teachers who refuse to accept the contract.