SEA reps voted to end the
Update #4: West Seattle blog is reporting that the room has gotten quiet (this is 5:45 pm):
Very quiet in meeting room now. We can only speculate that COULD mean they're voting -we were told paper ballots, not voice vote
Update 3: West Seattle Blog is at the Machinists Hall, tracking the SEA discussion. Apparently, they heard applause and cheers but nothing definitive. Current Tweet (Wood is WEA spokesperson):
Rich Wood says it'll still be a while = lots of questions being asked.
Update 2: as of an hour ago, here is what SPS tweeted (but no verification from SEA):
For clarification, SPS & SEA agreed this morning school starts Thursday. SEA has 3 days to review & vote on the tentative agreement.
Update 1: as of an hour ago, the SEA had NOT agreed to the latest deal. I will track this on Twitter.
end of update
I was told at one of the press conferences that they had to be careful who they let in because one day last week, strikers surrounded the Superintendent's car as he was trying to leave. They sang a union song and then moved away. The district feels/felt that was a threat to him and decided to make things more secure at JSCEE
That escalated to the silly today when marchers came to JSCEE and a group of kids was trying to deliver letters to the Board about asking them to support fully-funded education in Washington State. The district locked the doors to headquarters (see this video).
Is SPS not open for business because of the strike? I appreciate that the Superintendent didn't like the strikers surrounding his car but they did not appear to me to be aggressive nor did I hear of ANY threats at all.
Then there's this from their actions today: