We need to take action. The membership needs to come forward and show its strength. The membership is you, each and every member, not simply the negotiating team, executive board, and building representatives. We need to show the School Committee we will be recognized and deserve a fair and reasonable contract.
This evening, the negotiating team met with the School Committee for three hours. Things are progressing, but we need to "encourage" SC to change their "mindset."
Any Union is only as strong as its members. Strength comes in numbers. Please attend:
Location: WHS Humanities Center (Maroon side)
Timing is everything. Plan to be in the lobby at 6:25. We will line up on either side of the doors so SC has to walk past us as they enter the meeting. Following this, members can enter the room and stay for the meeting. Meetings generally end at9:00, but I will not make any promises that this will be the case on Thursday.
Our discontent will speak volumes only if there are enough members are present. This will be the first official action, and it needs to be strong.
High School Teachers: If it is necessary, we will take official action regarding the NEASC visit. In other words, don't plan on attending. More information to follow.
This Thursday, Feb. 25th from 4-5:30 p.m. Representative James Murphy will be in Weymouth to meet with the Weymouth Educators. The meeting will be held in the High School Library. Please come and let him know that we need his support to keep the cap on Charter Schools, pass legislation for less testing, and to increase funding for Weymouth along with the many other issues that we are facing here in Weymouth.
Please post this and encourage people in your building to attend the meeting even if they can't stay the entire time. The more that show up the better-we need to show him how fed up we are and that we need his help!
The MTA has put together a legislative action plan and your help is need to put it into action immediately! Please review the materials, take action, and pass them along to the members in your building and ASK EVERYONE to get involved!
1. Flyer with key talking points that you can use in conversation with other colleagues, family, neighbors and friends concerning the problem of lifting the cap on Charter Schools in the Commonwealth.
2. A template for letters to the editor of local newspapers on the testing moratorium. You can simply insert your name and send or, better, customize it so that it sounds like you. If the newspaper receives several emails with the same words, they usually put multiple names and print it once. Variations of the same letter likely will get printed. If you have time, customize. If not, take the couple of minutes it would take to put your name on the template copy and send it. But please do it!
3. A template for letters to the editor on charter schools. Again custom better but at least send template with your name on it.
4. Template for op-Ed piece on Charter Schools. If you can get your president to send this in or a member of the school committee, selectman, State Representative or anyone whom you think can get it printed as an op-Ed.
5. Script for Charter School call night. We are asking educators to call into their legislators offices after 5:30 PM and leave a voicemail stating their opposition to raising the cap on charter schools. Charter School call night is February 23rd. This shouldn't take more than a minute or two and can be a powerful tool.
6. For members who are social media savvy, sample tweets that can be used to get the word out.
You can begin this campaign as soon as you want. We have the green light. Print flyers and hang them in your school faculty areas. Send letters to the editors of local newspapers on both the testing moratorium and charter schools. Find someone with cache` to author and op-ed. You may be surprised who they will allow to do an op-Ed. Finally, those of you who use social media please start using it to promote our agenda.
Over the years many teachers have complained that all we do is play defense. After a difficult campaign, all we are left with, at best, is the way it was before the campaign. This is different! Here we are taking the offense. Please engage! Do it for yourself, your colleagues but most of all, for your students who need you to advocate for them. NOW is the time to act.
Okay, my friends, the ball is in your court! Please come through!
The Unit A Negotiating team just left Administration about 20 minutes ago. We agreed this email needed to be sent to the Association immediately.
While we have another negotiating meeting scheduled for Monday, February 22, we need to communicate to Administration/School committee of the growing urgency for a fair and reasonable contract.
We are asking the membership to attend the upcoming School Committee meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The meeting will be held at the WHS Humanities Center. Plan to arrive arrive at 6:45.
More information will be forthcoming.
President - WEA