Teachers and San Juan Island School District labor dispute may close schools Sept. 2

A letter sent by San Juan Island School District Superintendent Rich Thompson stated a labor dispute between the teachers' union and San Juan Island School District may cause schools to not open the doors Tuesday, Sept. 2.

According to the letter, the two sides have not reached agreement and the union representatives have stated there may be a work stoppage.

Bargaining will continue over the weekend according to the superintendent's letter.

Information will be will be updated as it comes in.

District letter:

Letter to the San Juan Island School District Community

August 29, 2014


For the past several months, the San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association, (the teacher’s union) have been meeting to collaboratively negotiate a new contract to replace the agreement that expires on August 31, 2014. As of the end of our last bargaining session on August 28th, the parties have not yet reached a new agreement. Additional bargaining has been scheduled to occur over the Labor Day Weekend.

SJEA representatives have informed the district of the possibility that SJEA members will engage in a work stoppage – or strike – on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 if the parties have not successfully concluded negotiations for a new agreement by or before that date. The District is committed to continued good faith bargaining within the constraints of budget realities.

The community needs to be informed of the possible disruption of having no school on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 while parties continue to work toward an agreement.

Please see our website at for updated bargaining information.

Rick Thompson





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