Bad Contract: Mukilteo School District

Bad Contract: Mukilteo School District

Bad Contract: Mukilteo School District

In collective bargaining sessions across the state, union bosses have been capturing a larger and larger share of school levies for employee perks. These local taxes are raised to provide services to children, but union officials and the school board members they help to elect have been diverting these funds to wage increases instead.

I’ve researched hundreds of bargaining agreements, and I believe Mukilteo School District has one of the worst contracts I have ever seen.

Half of the entire levy is used simply to give $20,000 (average) raises to state-paid employees whose state compensation averages $64,000.

In the union contract agreed adopted in 2013, the amount of money used to add to wages increases dramatically—a fact which might explain why the levy amount requested on the February 11 ballot also increases dramatically.

The column prepared at the link below shows many ways that wages are increased while services are decreasing in Mukilteo.

Mukilteo schools levy is for employee raises
Mukilteo Beacon
Guest View by Jami Lund February 05, 2014

Senior Policy Analyst
Jami Lund is the Freedom Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst. From 2004 to 2011, he developed legislative policy as a research analyst for the Washington House Republican Caucus. Prior to that he worked for the Freedom Foundation as the Project Manager for the Teachers Paycheck Protection project, shepherding the development of the Foundation’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court case to protect teacher rights. Jami is an accomplished speaker and researcher, one of Washington state’s top scholars on education policy and finance.