Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark granted Evergreen Public Schools a temporary restraining order that would prohibit employees represented by the Evergreen Education Association (EEA) from striking on August 31. The District sought the order because it is well established under Washington state law that public employees, including teachers, have no right to strike.
With this order in place, the District plans to open school as scheduled on Wednesday, August 31 for its nearly 27,000 students, unless it notifies families through its normal emergency closure channels (Flash Alert, radio, television and electronic communications) of any change.
EEA leaders notified the District that it would be meeting on the evening of August 30 with their members, and absent an agreement, their members would vote on a work stoppage that would begin the morning of Wednesday, August 31.
In granting the restraining order, Judge Clark noted the harm a lack of notice would cause parents and students with a strike notification of less than 12 hours before school is scheduled to open.
If current Evergreen Public Schools employees, currently represented by EEA, fail to report for work on Wednesday, August 31, they will be in violation of the restraining order. The District and EEA are scheduled to be back in court later that day.
Negotiations are already scheduled to continue through Tuesday. District leaders continue to reiterate they are committed to continuing to work hard to achieve a settlement and value and respect the certificated employees and the collective bargaining process, but notes strike activity is highly disruptive to the community and particularly to the most vulnerable students.