Washington teachers file unfair labor practices complaints against Seattle Public Schools

Teachers at Seattle Public Schools allege the district violated their collective bargaining rights in its ongoing efforts to resume in-person learning at Seattle classrooms.

Over the weekend, union members with the Seattle Education Association filed three complaints with the Washington Public Employment Relations Commission. They allege Seattle Public Schools infringed on teachers, paraeducators, and school building office staffers’ rights to negotiate working conditions and broke two state statutes.

Jennifer Matter, Seattle Education Association (SEA), said in a statement that the union’s complaints were representative of the district’s “irresponsible” reopening plan since two new strains of COVID-19 have made landfall in the state.

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