School office employees negotiate fair contract

July 9, 2014 

Dear Puyallup community member,

When a parent or a visitor strolls though the doors of a Puyallup School District building, we, the office professionals, are the first face they see.

If anyone has questions about any service the school or district provides, we, the office professionals are there to answer it. Additionally, office professionals are the first line of safety for the district’s buildings.

However, despite our critical value to the district, we have been working without a contract since August 2013. When the recession hit, we volunteered to temporarily freeze our wages to ensure no Puyallup education professional lost their job. Since 2007, not one office professional has received a cost of living increase, despite other classifications receiving wage increases.

We’re asking the Puyallup community, and you, to please stand with us as we work with the district for a fair contract that reflects our value to our schools, the district and the students.

It’s not uncommon to find an office professional filling in for a principal or administrator in a time of crisis or emergency. Office professionals are “the right arm of the principal and the left arm of other staff members,” according to Puyallup School District Superintendent Tim Yeomans.

We humbly agree with Yeomans. That is why Puyallup office professionals diligently work every day to provide a quality education to our students.

Please stand with us as we work with the Puyallup School District to create a fair contract that reflects our value to our district, our schools and our students.

(Letter submitted by the Puyallup School District Office Professionals.)

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