NEA RA is a big deal. 10,000 educators from across the country meet and set the goals and actions of NEA for the year. In an election year, in a time with new ESSA craziness, it has never been more important that we are well represented. Please vote. There are great candidates on the ballot, people WEA members know and who have worked side by side with us. In addition, Jennifer Handsaker, the former president and current bargaining chair of Parkrose, a local we work closely with every month, is also running a write-in campaign. She asked WEA to get the info out. It is below. Please vote. Read the ballot. Make your voice heard. Don't just recycle it. Thank you.
Local: Wilder Education Association (Idaho):
President, 3 years
Local: Parkrose Faculty Association
Building Representative, 5 years
President, 3 years
Exec Board, 5 years
Bargaining Team, 5 years
Bargaining Chair, 1 year
State: Idaho Education Association:
Region President, 1 year
IEA Delegate Assembly Delegate, 5 years
State: Oregon Education Association
OEA Representative Assembly Delegate, 7 years
PIE Convention Delegate, 3 years
Uniserv Vice President, 1 year
Uniserv Secretary, 1 year
ECBC Treasurer, 2 years
National: National Education Association
NEA Representative Delegate, 6 years
Pacific Regional Leadership Conference, 2 years
As an association leader, I strive to be an advocate for all members. I believe leaders should listen to the concerns of members and keep those concerns in mind when making decisions. It is vital to the success of our organization that all members are supported by the Association and feel they can make a difference. At the NEA Representative Assembly, I will represent members in moving NEA forward to advocate for members and students. Bylaws, policies, and resolutions guide the decision making of our leadership. As a NEA-RA Representative, I will keep this in the forefront of my vote.
Attached you will find the proposed/edited Constitution and Bylaws of the Wy'East Education Association. The document has been edited and updated by a committee to reflect current practices. It has been approved by Executive Council, but requires an all-member vote for official approval. Please read and direct any questions to vice president, Dennis Lane.
WEA recognizes that there is a great need for teachers to expand their professional development opportunities beyond those offered by the Oregon Trail School District. As such, Executive Council has developed grants to pay conference, training, and presentation expenses for our members. Any member of WEA is entitled to apply. Unfortunately, WEA does not have the budget to pay for sub costs. However, we will make every effort to pay fees, memberships, etc. to attend events. Read the guidelines below and submit your proposal to Executive Council before the funds run out!
Grant proposals should be no more than 1 page total and must include the following:
1. DESCRIPTION and EVENT DETAILS:
- Provide a description of the professional development program(s) or event(s).
- Include plans for timing of events, location, and number of members wanting to participate.
- Name those individuals who will be responsible for planning and logistics of the program.
- Explain the need for the professional development activity and the intended impact on student learning/achievement.
- Include a detailed budget for how funds will be spent (Note: WEA will not pay for subs)
4. CONTACT INFORMATION:
- List the individual(s) who will serve as the contact person(s) for the grant.
Grants must be submitted electronically (as a Microsoft Word or PDF document) to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . They will be reviewed by Executive Council and awarded until we exhaust our budget.
Your bargaining team began meeting during the summer. They conducted a listening campaign, used member questions and suggestions to guide objectives, and have created a draft proposal. This draft will need to be approved by ECBC which will occur on February 5. Shortly after that the bargaining process will begin. Be sure to attend any building meetings to get information. A number of surveys will also be sent throughout the bargaining process to your home email. Please respond to them quickly as the bargaining team will use them to inform bargaining practices.
For information about OEA recommendations on all ballot measures click here.
OEA-PIE Recommendation Oregon Supreme Court: Judge Richard Baldwin
Judge Baldwin began his career as a public interest lawyer. He spent his career as a lawyer standing up for working people like us, including representing employees in employment discrimination claims. He is deeply committed to public education and public service. His wife, Teresa was a special education teacher for Portland Public Schools. Judge Baldwin is only candidate who has the critical experience of being a full-time judge.
OEA-PIE Recommendation Secretary of State: Kate Brown
Kate Brown has spent more than 20 years serving the people of Oregon. Throughout her service in both the Oregon House and Senate, Kate has put education funding and the rights of educators first. As Secretary of State, Kate Brown has cracked down on initiative fraud by banning felons from gathering initiative signatures and exposed big out-of-state corporate interests who were trying to influence our initiative process.
Labor Commissioner Recommendation: Brad Avakian
Brad has been a long-time champion of public education and working people. He is committed to restoring career education in public schools and strengthening workforce training. Avakian has fought to restore shop and vocational education to Oregon schools, and has held those employers who try to cheat their workers accountable.
On Tuesday, May 8, the Eagle Point Education Association (located about 12 miles from Medford) went on strike. Like other locals around the state, they are battling a district that is using the dire financial situation statewide to strip contract language that protects teachers and para-educators all day every day.
EPEA represents both licensed and classified staff. They are on the picket lines and will be Monday when the district opens the buildings with SCABS. WEA will keep you informed about any ways in which you can help.
If you want information directly from EPEA visit their website.