One-time WEA grants are still available. $575 crisis grants for WEA members who have been hardest hit with lost income during the school closures. If you're a CCAHE member, you're a WEA member. The grants are for WEA members who need financial relief due to lost wages and will be available only until the crisis fund is depleted. There are two options for applying: 1) Apply online via the online application, 2) Call 253-765-7093 to have the application filled out for you. People calling the number will leave a voice mail, which will be returned during business hours in the order it was received.
The Office of Financial Management (OFM) last week sent a letter to all state agency directors ordering them to prepare for a 15 percent cut to their state allocations. (We do not know what this means at this time, but more cuts are imminent.) This would equate to $118 million for Washington state community and technical colleges (of which there are 34). It's imperative we do what we can to lobby for federal relief to try and offset these cuts. The HEROES Act passed the House of Representatives and is now on its way to the Senate. Please write or call your state Senators and ask them to vote to approve the HEROES Act. The act will bring much needed relief to state and city government agencies among a variety of other entities. Click here to call your Senators and/or click here to write your Senators and urge them to support the HEROES Act.
The administration and CCAHE negotiation teams will be soon bargaining the summer/fall MOU. Please send your ideas. What do you need to better serve your students?
NEA is offering three COVID-19 related opportunity grants all with an equity focus. If you're a member of CCAHE, you're a member of NEA. For details, click here.
Featured photos above of Clark's cherry blossom trees by Ryan O'Meara.