Thursday, March 31, 2011

We Are One Rally, Meet & Confer, Negotiations Survey, Extracurricular Deadline

WE ARE ONE -- Rally for the Middle Class Monday, April 4th:  Join us, and many other organizations, next Monday for a rally at the state Capitol.  We’ll stand together for the rights of all workers to bargain for a middle class life, our right to a voice in the political process and the respect that all people deserve.  This day was chosen in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis where he went to stand with sanitation workers rallying for collective bargaining rights.  We will begin with a march near the St Paul Cathedral on Marshall Avenue and John Ireland Blvd at 5:15 pm.  The program will begin at 6 pm at the Capitol and should wrap up around 7 pm.  Come for all or part of the festivities and dress warmly - the rally is outdoors. Wear blue to show your solidarity for public education!

Education Minnesota will sponsor a bus to the event and back for members and their immediate family.  Please be at the Herberger's main entrance at Northtown Mall by 3:45 p.m. April 4. Buses leave for St. Paul at 4 p.m. sharp.  Buses will leave from the Capitol immediately following the rally at approximately 7 p.m. An RSVP is required for the bus, visit: to reserve your seat.

Meet & Confer on Communication and Budget this Thursday:  This Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Staff Development Center, come to discuss communication as it relates to district initiatives and our priorities for our district’s budget with members of our school board.  You can make a prepared statement (we still have room if you’d like to speak for 3-5 minutes), participate in the discussion, or just listen.  Our school board members have said they appreciate this opportunity to talk with us directly and they have taken action on our suggestions in the past.  Email us at with any questions.

Negotiations Survey:  We begin each round of bargaining our contract by listening to you.  We’ve been visiting buildings over the past few months to hear from you in person and now we are offering an online survey to get your feedback.  We use this survey to help us develop our negotiations goals and make choices as we meet with district officials.  Watch for an email with a link to our negotiations survey by early next week. Each round our participation in the survey has been climbing and we plan to top 2000 people responding this year.

April 1st Deadline to Cease Extracurricular Duties:  Heads up on an upcoming deadline – if you plan to stop doing an extracurricular activity next year for which you are compensated, you need to let your principal know by this Friday.  The specific language is on page 3 of our contract (Article V, Section 8).  If you don’t have your contract handy, here’s an online copy: