Starting with this newsletter we are re-introducing our “Member Spotlight” series showcasing our members. We are starting this month with Jocelyn Coughlin (pictured above right), a teacher and Department Chair at Worcester Technical High School.
As an important reminder, please activate and check your WPS email account for relevant information each week.
Did you know that the EAW Executive Board, House of Delegates and the Worcester School Committee have passed resolutions supporting fully funding our schools? A bipartisan commission determined that Massachusetts public schools are underfunded by $1 billion annually because the formula used to calculate state aid to schools has not been properly revised or updated. Worcester would receive an additional $69,634,434 PER YEAR if the Foundation Budget was fully funded.
If you are asked to meet with your supervisor, ask if the meeting could in any way lead to discipline. If the answer is yes, request union representation at the meeting. Remember, you have to request representation they do not have to offer!
Keep your SchoolSpring account updated. It is critical that information be accurate and current in your account. This process will enable you to apply for after-school positions and summer school positions more efficiently. The Human Resource office uses SchoolSpring for determining eligibility for interviews, etc.
Lesson Plans: Class Action grievance filed last year and denied at Superintendent and School Committee levels. We filed for arbitration. The arbitration was put in abeyance since the major issues at the time were around secondary (Math) lesson plans. The district resolved the secondary (Math) issue, and now the issues are with elementary lesson plan(s) and changes.
Bus Drivers and Monitors are at the bargaining table now. Please watch for updates in case the team needs you to turnout over the summer!
I would like to encourage members to continue to practice the use of “Ten-Minute Meetings”. These informational meetings can be held before or after the school day. Topics are generally informational in nature.
The Affiliate Services Division is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Summer Member Organizer
who will carry out the MTA summer organizing plan. The ideal candidate will contact, educate and engage members over the summer months. This is a 5-8 week program (30 hours per week) that includes canvassing
(door knocking) and phone banking. The goal of our canvass and phone bank program will be to engage in intentional conversations with our members.