WAKE UP,EVERYBODY!Advocacy in our New      World LAE Summer Leadership Conference           July 24, 2012
 Lynda Guidry, LAE Director of Field Services,  Membership, Organizing & Legal Services Melanie Mitchell, NEA Membership...
Expected OutcomesBasic Understanding of Act 1’s impact on employeesStrategies for organizing & increasing membership in ...
NORMS/PARKING LOT Be on time Be respectful when sharing Turn cell phones to silent mode Be fully present Place issues...
Schedule 9:00 – ADVOCACY & CONTRACTS 10:15 - BREAK 10:30 – EVALUATIONS, GRIEVANCES, POLICIES, LAWS 11:45 - LUNCH
INTRODUCTIONS Please share with us…  Your Name  Your Local Association  Your Position in the Local Association
Advocacy Impact onMembership8                    7/20/2012
Advocacy Impact on MembershipBe a fair and helpful advocate or you will losemembers.Many members join so that they will ha...
Advocacy Impact onMembership If members question why the association is  helping a “bad” employee, explain that the  asso...
Employee Rights Quiz     Agree             Disagree
State or Federal law    covers mostemployment  problems     for  schoolemployees.       Agree                       Disagr...
DISAGREE     Support employees are governed by        FLSA, but very few state laws        govern ESP.     Most laws that ...
All school employees have the same setof legal rights.          Agree          Disagree14                                 ...
DisagreeTeachers who were tenured before   September 1, 2012 will retain tenure.   Beginning July 1, 2012 teachers rated  ...
All school employees have a right to afair hearing prior to being terminatedfrom their jobs.          Agree        Disagre...
Disagree       Tenured teachers have the right to       a hearing before a panel of 3       people – superintendent design...
A teacher cannot be transferred toanother grade level, subject or schoolbuilding without his or her permission.          A...
Disagree     Some districts can involuntarily       transfer employees for any reason       or for the “needs of the distr...
All school employees can quit by simplysubmitting a letter of resignation.                          Disagree20        Agre...
Disagree     It will depend on school district        policy and new contract        language.21                          ...
A school employee’s personal life     is none of the school’s business.            Agree         Disagree22               ...
Disagree     Many aspects of a school employee’s         personal life are not the school’s         concern. However, a sc...
Contracts
Basic Requirementsfor Teacher Contracts1. Certainty as to thelength of the school day;
Basic Requirementsfor Teacher Contracts2. Certainty as to thelength of the school year;
Basic Requirementsfor Teacher Contracts 3. Certainty as to the amount of money that a teacher will be paid for the agreed ...
Basic Requirementsfor Teacher Contracts4. Certainty as to theamount of money that ateacher will be paid for workoutside of...
ContractsExamine contracts What’s missing? How would you organize to  fix the contract in your  district?
LAE Workshttp://laeworks.org/index.html
10-Minute MeetingTemplate for 10-Minute Site Meeting (advertise agenda)Minutes    Topic               Rationale(1-2)      ...
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Presented by Lynda Guidry, LAE Director of Field Services, Membership, Organizing & Legal Services
Melanie Mitchell, NEA Membership Organizational Consultant
Vera Loyd, LAE Region 1 UniServ Director
Angela Miller, LAE Region 3 UniServ Director

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Advocacy 101: Wake up, everybody!

  1. 1. WAKE UP,EVERYBODY!Advocacy in our New World LAE Summer Leadership Conference July 24, 2012
  2. 2.  Lynda Guidry, LAE Director of Field Services, Membership, Organizing & Legal Services Melanie Mitchell, NEA Membership Organizational Consultant Vera Loyd, LAE Region 1 UniServ Director Angela Miller, LAE Region 3 UniServ Director
  3. 3. Expected OutcomesBasic Understanding of Act 1’s impact on employeesStrategies for organizing & increasing membership in your workplace
  4. 4. NORMS/PARKING LOT Be on time Be respectful when sharing Turn cell phones to silent mode Be fully present Place issues off topic in the Parking Lot to be addressed Any other suggestions?
  5. 5. Schedule 9:00 – ADVOCACY & CONTRACTS 10:15 - BREAK 10:30 – EVALUATIONS, GRIEVANCES, POLICIES, LAWS 11:45 - LUNCH
  6. 6. INTRODUCTIONS Please share with us… Your Name Your Local Association Your Position in the Local Association
  7. 7. Advocacy Impact onMembership8 7/20/2012
  8. 8. Advocacy Impact on MembershipBe a fair and helpful advocate or you will losemembers.Many members join so that they will havesomeone to help them if the district treats themunfairly.Let members know what the association does tohelp members in a general way, but keepnames and details confidential.
  9. 9. Advocacy Impact onMembership If members question why the association is helping a “bad” employee, explain that the association works to protect the process and ensure that all members are treated fairly. Develop cooperative relationships with administrators, if possible, so that you have more credibility when trying to resolve employee problems. Help prevent problems by helping members improve their job performance.10 7/20/2012
  10. 10. Employee Rights Quiz Agree Disagree
  11. 11. State or Federal law covers mostemployment problems for schoolemployees. Agree Disagree12 7/20/2012
  12. 12. DISAGREE Support employees are governed by FLSA, but very few state laws govern ESP. Most laws that teachers have enjoyed for many years have been amended or repealed.13 7/20/2012
  13. 13. All school employees have the same setof legal rights. Agree Disagree14 7/20/2012
  14. 14. DisagreeTeachers who were tenured before September 1, 2012 will retain tenure. Beginning July 1, 2012 teachers rated “highly effective” for 5 years within a 6- year period earn tenure pursuant to the performance evaluation program.Teachers not awarded tenure remain ”at-will.”Support professionals are “at-will.” 15 7/20/2012
  15. 15. All school employees have a right to afair hearing prior to being terminatedfrom their jobs. Agree Disagree16 7/20/2012
  16. 16. Disagree Tenured teachers have the right to a hearing before a panel of 3 people – superintendent designee, principal designee, and teacher designee. Support staff may or may not have a right to a hearing, depending on their contracts and district policy. Everyone else is “at-will” and does not have the right to a hearing.17 7/20/2012
  17. 17. A teacher cannot be transferred toanother grade level, subject or schoolbuilding without his or her permission. Agree Disagree18 7/20/2012
  18. 18. Disagree Some districts can involuntarily transfer employees for any reason or for the “needs of the district.” District policies will have to be changed to reflect the new laws.19 7/20/2012
  19. 19. All school employees can quit by simplysubmitting a letter of resignation. Disagree20 Agree 7/20/2012
  20. 20. Disagree It will depend on school district policy and new contract language.21 7/20/2012
  21. 21. A school employee’s personal life is none of the school’s business. Agree Disagree22 7/20/2012
  22. 22. Disagree Many aspects of a school employee’s personal life are not the school’s concern. However, a school district has a legitimate interest in personal activities that interfere with the employee’s ability or fitness to work. Also, it is the school’s “business” if the employee has molested children or stolen property, even if those crimes were committed after work hours. Employees must also exercise good judgment when using Facebook, My Space, Twitter, etc.23 7/20/2012
  23. 23. Contracts
  24. 24. Basic Requirementsfor Teacher Contracts1. Certainty as to thelength of the school day;
  25. 25. Basic Requirementsfor Teacher Contracts2. Certainty as to thelength of the school year;
  26. 26. Basic Requirementsfor Teacher Contracts 3. Certainty as to the amount of money that a teacher will be paid for the agreed upon school day/ school year; and
  27. 27. Basic Requirementsfor Teacher Contracts4. Certainty as to theamount of money that ateacher will be paid for workoutside of the agreed uponschool day/ school year.
  28. 28. ContractsExamine contracts What’s missing? How would you organize to fix the contract in your district?
  29. 29. LAE Workshttp://laeworks.org/index.html
  30. 30. 10-Minute MeetingTemplate for 10-Minute Site Meeting (advertise agenda)Minutes Topic Rationale(1-2) Brief overview Keeping members informed(3-6) State issue Gain consensus(7-9) Take stand/ Creates solidarity @ site make decision(10) Recognition Develop spirit and improve morale @ siteUse 4x6 cards to alert AR of other issues to be addressed inthe future.

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