Deer Park School District provides this information with the purpose of keeping the community and interested stakeholders informed on collective bargaining with district employees represented by labor unions. The Deer Park Education Association (DPEA) is affiliated with the Washington Education Association (WEA) and represents teachers and other certificated positions. The Public School Employees of Washington (PSE) represents other classified positions including bus drivers, cooks, custodians, and paraeducators.

As the district negotiates contracts with each of our collective bargaining units that are ultimately “ratifiable” by the district’s Board of Directors, we seek settlements that:

  • Provide fair and reasonable compensation.
  • Are fiscally manageable, and threaten neither the short nor long-term financial health of the district.
  • Enhance, and at a minimum not compromise, the educational experience of our students.
  • Will not compromise priorities of the district’s strategic plans, allowing us to maintain positive momentum and continue to advance district/school improvement initiatives.
  • Allow leadership – both district leadership and union leadership – to effectively and efficiently manage the terms of the collective bargaining agreement in a way that helps us care for and educate children.

Information on this webpage serves to provide an overview of negotiations proceedings and an archive of the bargaining teams’ efforts to reach agreement related to the negotiation and renewal of union contracts.

It is our belief that through ongoing communication of factual information related to negotiations we can avoid the spread of misinformation or rumors about proposals exchanged at the table. Through open communication of factual information related to negotiations, we seek to increase transparency of the negotiations process with employees and with the community as those not present at the bargaining table will have access to both union and district proposals.

For Information/Questions

Educational Employment Relations Act

Chapter 41.59 RCW codifies certain rights and obligations of employees working in Washington’s schools, and establishes procedures governing the relationship between such employees and their employers which are designed to meet the special requirements and needs of public employment in education.

Negotiations Updates

Deer Park Education Association

February 28th, 2018:  District representatives met with Deer Park Education Association negotiations team and Uniserv representative from 8:30am to 12:30pm, to discuss structural changes to the contract and to address errors or other items needing “clean up”. It was mutually agreed that a number of changes were necessary or desirable. Some modifications to existing language were necessary based on changes to State law while other changes/tweaks were suggested for the sake of making the contract more accessible for all.

May 21st, 2018:  The district met with DPEA President and Uniserv representative to finalize the structural changes to the DPEA contract (this meeting concluded the “structural change” process initiated in February).

June 11th, 2018:   District representatives met with Deer Park Education Association negotiations team and Uniserv representative from 8:30am to 11:30am, to discuss initial proposals for the contract expiring Aug. 31, 2018. DPEA proposed numerous changes to existing contract language (see document below). The district did not have proposals at this time. At the conclusion of the meeting, follow-up dates were agreed upon:  July 30, August 21, and August 23.

  • DPEA proposals

July 30th, 2018:

August 21st, 2018:

August 23rd, 2018:

Public School Employees of Washington:  Paraeducators

Paraeducators have requested to discuss “Schedule A” (related to compensation) at the June 13th Labor/Management meeting.

Public School Employees of Washington:  Bus Drivers, Food Service, Custodians

The PSE contract for drivers, food service, and custodians will expire August 31, 2018. Dates for negotiations have not been established.

Collective Bargaining Agreements