First publicly negotiated teachers union contract in Washington history approved by the Pullman School Board

     The first teachers union contract negotiated in public in Washington history has been finalized.  The Pullman School Board recently approved the 2017-18 contract with its teachers union. 

     A tentative deal was struck near the start of the school year last Fall.  Minor adjustments were made since the initial agreement.  In January of last year the Pullman School Board voted to become the first school district in the state to open its collective bargaining meetings to the public.  Pullman Schools Superintendent Dr. Bob Maxwell says finalizing a teacher’s union contract this late in the academic year isn’t unusual and believes that the public’s presence during negotiations didn’t affect the bargaining sessions. 

     The new contract increases professional development days by a day and a half which comes with a pay hike for teachers.  The new Pullman teachers union contract is retroactive to last Fall’s start of the academic year. 

     The collective bargaining teams will be back at it soon.  Negotiations for the Pullman teachers union’s next contract begins in 2 weeks.  

Image of Washington’s first ever teachers union contract talks open to the public from May 30th