Washoe County teachers get major raise in historic new union contract

Courtesy of Nevada State Education Association, Facebook

By Emilia Pablo

September 22, 2023

Close to 4,000 educators in Washoe County could see a bigger check soon. In a media release, The Washoe County School District (WCSD) this week announced it had agreed to a tentative contract with teachers represented by the Washoe Education Association (WEA).

The bargaining agreement consists of a 20% cost of living adjustment over the course of two year deal, which would include 14% cost of living adjustment in the first year, with an additional 4% match from Senate Bill 231 for eligible employees, bringing the total estimated increase to 18% in year one. In year two, educators will receive an additional 2% cost of living adjustment.

“We know that we can’t make up for decades of underfunding in a single contract, but we were determined to take massive strides forward and believe this contract does just that,” said WEA President Calen Evans. “We would like to thank Superintendent [Susan] Enfield and the Board of Trustees for their public support of the amazing professionals we have in the Washoe County School District.”

The tentative contract also commits to a one-time $5,000 signing retention bonus for certain hard-to-fill positions.

There’s an added layer of positive news for families that have children with special needs at the WCSD: the Washoe Education Support Professionals (WESP) agreed to a signing bonus and retention bonus for Special Education teacher aides and assistants.

“Since my arrival in Washoe County, I have been clear that our dedicated and hardworking educators are deserving of compensation that reflects their professionalism and expertise,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “Thanks to our state lawmakers, we are now able to do that through this historic agreement. I am grateful to our district and WEA negotiation teams for the time they put into reaching this agreement. I am more confident than ever that WCSD is a district on the rise.”

“This landmark agreement demonstrates what can be done when everyone works together to advance high quality public education and invest in our greatest resource—our children,” added Board of Trustees President Beth Smith.

The tentative agreement will now go to the Washoe Education Association members for ratification and then to the Board of Trustees for final approval.

The deal would run through June 30, 2025.

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  • Emilia Pablo

    Emilia Pablo Bazan is The Nevadan, El Nevadense Political Correspondent. She is an alumna from U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism with over 10 years of experience working in the television news industry. She's also a former speechwriter and press officer for the Obama administration and an Emmy award recipient.

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