Vancouver Public Schools is negotiating a new contract with the Vancouver Education Association, which represents teachers, counselors and other education professionals. The complex and inequitable funding system recently adopted by the state legislature is making the process of bargaining teacher contracts exceptionally difficult for districts throughout the state.
Our goal is to begin the school year on time. As of today, we anticipate that all schools will open on schedule. The bargaining teams are continuing their collaborative talks and working together toward an agreement. However, it’s important for families to be prepared for the possibility of a VEA work stoppage/strike. Please see the “What you need to know” section.
VEA members have authorized their executive board to conduct a work stoppage/strike if a contract settlement is not reached by the first day of school, Aug. 29. To date, VEA leaders have not accepted an offer from VPS that would give teachers a 14.9 percent improvement in average total compensation over two years and a 17.2 percent improvement over three years. In this offer, the district has proposed that starting teachers would earn $51,254 (a $6,593 increase) and the most experienced teachers would earn $99,404 (a $15,481 increase) by 2020-21.
The latest VEA and VPS salary proposals are available for your review on our contract negotiations webpage.
We encourage you to return to this website for regular updates.