Highline Public Schools Teachers may vote to strike at member meeting Aug. 23

Members of the Highline Education Association – the union that represents Teachers in Highline Public Schools – may vote for a strike authorization at a member meeting this Thursday, Aug. 23.

If the union votes to strike, fall school start delays are very likely.

“The HEA Bargaining Team is disappointed that we did not reach a tentative agreement with HSD today,” the union said in a statement. “We are resolute in continuing to negotiate until we reach an agreement we believe that our membership will ratify and be proud of.”

The HEA said that its Joint Bargaining Team has met eight times with the district this spring and summer, with two meetings held on Aug. 6 and 10.

Nearly 200 gathered Friday morning (Aug. 17) outside the HEA office in Tukwila to show their support. Many also attended the most recent school board meeting.

“Your participation and presence this week did not go unnoticed. Thank you for packing the school board meeting on Wednesday. Our parents and community are standing in solidarity with us,” union leaders added.

The HEA members-only meeting will take place this coming Thursday, Aug. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center, located at 401 S. 152nd Street:

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