WTU Preseident Elizabeth A. DavisWe have reached a tentative agreement with DCPS.
Now it's up to you to vote on it.

I urge you to vote 'yes' for our new tentative three-year contract. It yields a 9% raise and provides us with the respect and support we deserve as highly skilled professionals dedicated to DC public school students.

Elizabeth A. Davis
President, Washington Teachers' Union

August 14, 2017

Dear fellow members of the Washington Teachers' Union:

We have great news! Your bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement on a three year contract with DCPS that will, if you approve it, yield a 9% raise.

Of course, it will not go into effect unless and until the majority of our members vote to approve it.

It will be up to you to decide whether to accept or reject it. It's an important decision to make and before making it, I urge you to carefully read all the materials about the contract linked to this website.

The tentative contract and a ballot are also being mailed to you in two separate mailings.

Please return the ballot as soon as possible. The ballots will be counted by True Ballot, a neutral third party. They are completely anonymous. No one will know how you voted.

I, personally, am convinced that the tentative agreement represents a step forward for all DC public school teachers and students.

I urge you to vote "yes."

The agreement provides all DC teachers the respect and support we deserve as highly skilled professionals dedicated to providing every DC public school student with top quality educational opportunities.

For at least a decade, DCPS too often ignored the voice of DCPS educators, especially classroom teachers. It wasn't until this past March, about a month after Chancellor Wilson arrived, that DCPS administrators signaled that they were willing to change course and to begin developing a truly collaborative relationship with DC educators to ensure that all DC public school students receive the education they need to fulfill their potential.

I'll be frank: your negotiating team did not win everything we asked for. We could have continued negotiations well into the next semester, but we were eager for you to start the 2017-18 year with a substantial raise, so we decided to pick up the fight for some other items at a later date.

That "later date" will come soon. In mid-2018 we will be conducting surveys to determine the top priorities of WTU members and we will be beginning negotiations for the next contract soon after that.

In the meantime, however, as classroom teachers, we will be working hard toward creating a new and more equal relationship with DCPS, the type of relationship administrators now say they want. Only with such a relationship can we ensure that our students receive the resources and support they need and deserve.

As I said, I urge you to carefully consider how you will vote regarding the contract. But most of all, I urge you to vote.

In Unity,

Elizabeth A. Davis
President, Washington Teachers' Union

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