Greetings Brothers and Sisters!
I am practicing my greetings for the upcoming CFT Convention in March. I thank all of you who nominated members, and I especially thank those of you that graciously put your names on the upcoming ballot. There is so much happening nationally, statewide, and locally…an exciting (sometimes terrifying) time to be a Union member.
Sandra and the negotiating team wanted to let all members know that they are anxiously awaiting the mediation process that begins this Friday, February 13. At 10:00 am at the Petaluma Sheraton, the teams will meet with the State appointed mediator and begin the process. The team is committed to doing the very best for our members that, in turn, is the very best for our students.
You will receive some sort of communication either that evening or over the weekend about the process and what the next steps are.
WORKERS’ RIGHTS BOARD
I hope that you all have been able to get a hold of a copy of the document this board compiled on behalf of the employees and students of Petaluma City Schools. It is a truly amazing document and clearly itemizes what we have been struggling with since July. Please ask if you need a hard copy of the report. You can also find it online at http://tinyurl.com/nsfwlkb
Steve Bolman agreed, on January 6, 2015, to send everyone a copy of the new agreement form and/or the original, void agreement. Have you received your form(s)? If not, please email Mr. Bolman immediately. You can use what you need of the following as your text:
“Please send me, by February 13, a copy of my signed agreement for MacBook usage. I also am not in possession of the original, now void agreement. Please send the document to me immediately.”
Choose a date of your own if needed. Please “CC” me if you are communicating this to the district. I would like to follow up on this and get closure on the issue this month.
MISSED THE SOCIAL?
February 5 was the social at the Mystic. It was incredible to see all of you that came…even if it was for a short time. We are all such busy people, but it is so important to stay connected. Thank you to Doug Emery, Carrie Caudle, and all who made this event a success.
Please, if you can, be a regular patron of McNear’s, as the O’Donnell’s are still being extra generous and good to us.
Another thing you missed was the sign-up for Union Tees 2.0! If you are interested in the latest version in classy, PFT apparel, please contact Carrie Caudle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A quick update…Executive Council approved the chair of a grievance committee at the last board meeting. Sandra Larsen is taking over the Grievance Committee, and Carrie Caudle is taking over the Membership Committee.
Executive Council has been working on an update of our Constitution and By-Laws. Look for this soon to review and then a ratification vote.
As always, thank you for all that you do for the students of Petaluma. Change is never easy or swift. It is a painful, messy process, but I believe the rewards far outweigh the difficulties. I am so grateful for the courageous, amazing colleagues (yes, YOU!) I work with…it is so inspiring to see you come together and demand change. I am proud to be part of your movement.
Together we are strong. Together we are making a positive impact. Together we can achieve anything.
Also: Thank you to the over 50 teachers who showed up to last night's school board meeting. Although the board did not agendize the Workers' Rights Board findings and recommendations for this week, we are hopeful about it being on the agenda for our next meeting. If you, too, would like an open dialogue about this report at a school board meeting, please email Mike Baddeley, the school board president, to make this request and explain your perspective.
One outcome from last night's meeting was the scheduling of a public meeting to discuss our hopes and expectations for a new superintendent with the school board. Teachers, parents, students, and other community members will be welcome and encouraged to attend. Save the date--this meeting will be on Saturday, 2/28. More details to come to you as we get them from the school board.