Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring and Summer Events

As spring valiantly fights the last flurries of winter, this week’s update is a guide to AHEM spring and summer events.  Scan through for the opportunities that apply to you:

Settlement Action Committee:  As we prepare to go to the table with district negotiators, we are also making plans for our actions away from the table.  Our Settlement Action Committee puts together activities for the entire membership to help us come to a fair, timely settlement.  If you are interested in helping organize your colleagues around bargaining, join us Thursday May 5th, 4:45 pm, at the AHEM office.  Email us at to let us know you’ll be there.

Retirement Planning Seminar: Have your retirement questions answered at the AHEM office by ESI Member Benefits representatives on Tuesday May 3rd (4:30-6:30 pm); Saturday May 21st (9:00-11:00 am); or Thursday May 26th (6:00-8:00 pm).  There will be boxed lunches or continental breakfast provided at these free workshops designed just for the financial needs of retiring educators.  RSVP to .

Unemployment Information and Resource Session: If you have been laid off, you are invited to the AHEM office on Wednesday, May 18th at 4:45 pm for a joint seminar put on by AHEM and our district’s Employee Services Department.  We will answer questions and provide information about unemployment, recall, and other issues related to lay-offs for teachers.  RSVP to .

Education Minnesota Summer Seminar: Expand your professional skills from instructional methods to leadership to union work on the campus of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., Aug. 1-3.  For specifics on the workshop sessions, visit .  The cost and lodging for the event is free to our members, but space is limited.  For registration materials, email us at .

Raise Your Hand:  Education Minnesota has designated Tuesday May 3rd, National Teacher Day, as “Raise Your Hand for Education Day.” Our goal is to have every Minnesota educator, parent and community member pledge to support our schools.  Your quick, online pledge can be as simple as “I raise my hand to helping each one of my students succeed.” Please take a moment to help us show a strong, unified voice in support of our students by visiting .

AHEM Executive Board Election:  At our last Representative Assembly of the year Monday, May 9th, 4:45 pm, we will be electing next year’s Executive Board.  The Exec Board meets monthly year round and makes financial, grievance, contract settlement and other local policy decisions. If you are interesting in representing your colleagues as part of this influential group, email us at