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Welcome to the web site of the Arlington Education Association (AEA). The AEA is an organization of Arlington Public Schools (APS) employees who support our union through member dues, and who advocate for employee rights, fair treatment under APS policies and procedures and a competitive employee compensation package, including salaries commensurate with the cost of living in Arlington.
Our union is directed by a member-elected Executive Board, with the President as its chief spokesperson and leading public advocate. The AEA also supports numerous committees which assist our union in its work.
Please take a few minutes to review our ongoing activities and current newsletter. If you’re an employee of APS, and not yet a member, we encourage you to join us. We value your membership and welcome your comments and questions. It is our union that makes us strong!
The 2019-2020 school budget was adopted by the school board on May 9th. This budget does offer a step increase per policy—the step should have been a given, but it almost was lost. As part of the budget discussions, the superintendent acknowledged that the teacher salary scale needs significant improvement to be competitive and wanted to fix the scale with YOUR step increase. Fixing the teacher salary scale is expensive and not simple! The AEA fought vigorously to keep the step increase and pushed the board to add money to increase all salary scales as we have been advocating for many years.
As part of the budget passing, money was included to do a compensation study. Our salary scales are based on a system that goes back decades and it is time we look at our pay structure to see if we can do it better. AEA hopes to be fully included in the process and will need your help!
Finally, in the coming school year, the AEA is going to turn some of its advocacy efforts towards the county board to ensure adequate funding for our growing school system. When the request for volunteers comes out—especially if you live in Arlington—please answer the call!
Our union is strong and we are motivated to stand up for what is right!
"Membership matters! And you showed the School Board by your presence at the budget hearing, your phone calls, your emails, and your visits with Board members that our union is strong and we are motivated to stand up for what is right--for us and for our students. Your voices matter and we must keep those voices raised as this year's budget process continues."
Leslie Stockton, AEA Vice-President
In light of the most recent school shooting in Parkland, FL and the national dialogue around how we keep our schools safe, ARLINGTON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (AEA) stands with all educators and school employees in wanting to do everything possible to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment for our students. To that end AEA believes, as most educators do, that we DO NOT need weapons in our schools to keep them safe. We stand arm in arm united against arming school employees.
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Compensation Resolutions We'll Be Fighting For In 2019-20
At the March 2019 meeting of our delegate assembly (DA) we passed the four resolutions which will guide our compensation efforts in SY 2019-20:
- The AEA will advocate for the amendment of policy G-3.2.1 to state: "The Superintendent shall bring forward a budget with a Step increase and a COLA of an amount equal to the previous fall's Social Security increase."
- The AEA believes no employee of Arlington Public Schools, neither part-time nor full-time, should be hired in a position that does not have a scale which provides for an increase. This does not preclude a 'top of scale', but should end the practice of 'hourly worker'. Further, the number of hours worked should never preclude one from moving up that scale. Temporary workers should be placed on an equivalent scale. The AEA further believes that an 'S' scale should be created for substitute employees that will honor their experience and expertise.
- The AEA will advocate for the modification of Longevity Steps by inserting annual increments between the longevity steps.
- The AEA will advocate for a voting, participating seat, appointed by the President of the Arlington Education Association, on the committee that will craft and act upon the results of the compensation study that had its funding approved by the School Board at its May 9, 2019 meeting.