Pasco Teachers End Strike With New Contract

Sep 15, 2015

High-fives and cheers of “hallelujah” rang out in the halls of Pasco High School Monday as teachers approved a new contract with the Pasco School District.

At Roosevelt High School, teachers sang along to union anthems, led by the Seattle Labor Chorus on Monday, Sept. 14 -- day four of the strike.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

A crippling recession, a subsequently ever-less affordable Seattle and events nearly 2,000 miles away set the stage for the teacher strike that has idled 53,000 children, political analyst C.R. Douglas says.

Douglas, an analyst for Q13 Fox News, told KUOW’s David Hyde that these and other factors have combined to prompt the “most comprehensive list of demands we've ever seen” from the Seattle Education Association.

After two weeks on the picket line and several trips to court, teachers in Pasco, Washington, have reached a tentative agreement to end their strike.

Teachers strike outside Orca K-12 in Columbia City on Wednesday. Seattle Public Schools remains closed Monday as negotiations continue.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

The Seattle teachers' strike enters its fourth day Monday as teachers continue to negotiate their contract.

Seattle Public Schools issued a counter-proposal that spokeswoman Stacy Howard says would include pay for a longer school day. She did not specify how much pay.

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KUOW Graphic/Kara McDermott

Standing outside Roosevelt High School on Thursday, a Seattle teacher held up the gold standard.

It was the tentative contract for Everett schools, which promises veteran teachers with a master’s degree and the maximum education credits nearly $100,000 by 2017.

Pasco Teachers Union Faces $2,000 Daily Fines For Strike

Sep 11, 2015

There were gasps in the Franklin County Courthouse Friday as a judge imposed daily fines against the teachers' union in Pasco, Washington.

Kids on the picket lines in Seattle.
Courtesy of @QAMassage via Twitter

What will bring striking Seattle teachers back to the bargaining table? What's next for Washington state's charter schools? Should Seattle approve a near billion dollar transportation levy? And if you work at Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing or another big local company, are you getting an illegal perk if your landlord cuts you a deal on rent?

Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with KIRO 7’s Essex Porter, Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center and ‘The C is For Crank’ blogger Erica C. Barnett.

Listener Sarah Johnson posted this picture from Green Lake Elementary with the message, 'We love our teachers.'
Courtesy of Sarah Johnson

David Hyde speaks with Richelle Dickerson, co-president of West Woodland Parent-Teacher Association, about why she and other parents have been supporting the Seattle teachers strike.

Emily McCann took this Whittier Elementary on the first day of the strike.
Courtesy of Emily McCann

David Hyde talks to Phil Dine, labor expert and author of "State of the Unions," about how Seattle's teacher strike compares to labor trends nationally.

While school was canceled for the second day in Seattle, a teachers’ strike in Pasco, Washington, is stretching into its second week.

Seattle teachers and supporters walked the picket line in front of Orca K-8 school in Columbia City.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Seattle teachers' strike is entering day three, and so far the tone has been pretty laid back, with teachers even singing. But when are things going to heat up?

They already are in Pasco, where the teachers' strike is leading to a contempt-of-court hearing Friday.

An Eighth Grader's Diary From The 1985 Seattle Strike

Sep 10, 2015
A page from Phyllis Fletcher's diary from 1985.
Courtesy of Phyllis Fletcher

The last Seattle teacher strike was in 1985. Gasoline was $1.20 a gallon. Careless Whisper by Wham topped the charts. And little Phyllis Fletcher was writing in her diary.

“All I do is watch TV and talk on the phone,” she wrote. “I’ll gain 20 pounds in my thighs if school doesn’t start soon.”

High School Seniors Really Want You To Stop Asking This

Sep 10, 2015
KUOW Photo/RadioActive staff

Whether you're a high school senior, a college freshman or just moving to a new stage in life, RadioActive’s summer podcast is for you. RadioActive producer Ben Gauld  gives you some perspective on moving forward in life and Angela Nguyen brings us the story of one track star and his journey to achieving his dream. We’ll also find out the one question high school seniors are tired of hearing.

David Hyde talks to Jerry Cornfield, legislative reporter for the Everett Daily Herald, about the role of state funding in Seattle's teacher strike. Last month, Washington State's Supreme Court held lawmakers in contempt for failing to fully fund public education.

Your Photos From Seattle Teachers Strike

Sep 10, 2015
This was taken at John Hay Elementary, Sarah Ruth Gomes says. 'These should have been first day of school pics, but instead it was my daughter's first picket line. She was out supporting her teachers and they were out supporting her.'
Sarah Ruth Gomes

Teachers aren’t the only ones on the picket lines during their strike in Seattle. Parents and children are showing support by picking up signs and bringing food to the picketers.