FEA Bargaining Update
Also, the survey gave our Executive Board a much needed insight into some of the happenings in our buildings. Lynn and Derek met with Bob and Allison on Wednesday, October 7th to begin discussions on our survey results. Our goals are to set a clear teacher evaluation process and layoff procedure (if the need ever occurred) and to begin to work with our principals to improve the working conditions in some/all of our buildings.
We have set some future dates to begin these talks. It is important to continue to go to your building reps if issues arise, so we may seek remedies as soon as possible. It is extremely important we maintain our professionalism in these tough times. Perception is huge in any negotiation and we want to maintain we are the most professional staff in the area. I know it is tough, but we thank you for all the great work you do!
September Board Meeting
Thank you to everyone who attended the September Board meeting including Brenda Brandow, Zack Stucky, Bobbie Wash, Mindy Freeland, Kari Dykstra, and Derek Woycehoski. Derek introduced himself as the President of the FEA to the Board of Education and spoke passionately about our profession and the effect Central offices' actions have on good teachers. Many of the Board members decided to speak up, which rarely happens to show support for teachers. We are hoping to continue with a planned presence at upcoming Board Meetings. Look to our FEA Executive Board Minutes for upcoming plans.
Our bargaining team met with MEA's chief economist from Lansing on Monday, September 28th at 5:00 at our local MEA office. Ruth went over financial numbers specific to our district. The team also has met twice in September and once in October with Krista Abbott, our local uniserv director, to put together our most detailed proposal to date. We will be asking Bob to sit down at the table with us before the end of the month. Our initial proposals will focus on the goals presented in the survey, which include salary movement for all, among other things.
The next step in bringing a casino to Fruitport is a public hearing held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that will take place in the Middle School Auditorium on Thursday, October 15th at 6:00. We are asking members to attend this meeting in support of this project. By showing up in numbers, this will show Bob and the Board that we can and will assemble and it shows good faith in working with our Superintendent on issues that are good for our district. Please consider sitting up front. No speaking is required. We were assured our presence would be enough.
September Board Meeting
Thursday, October 15th - Public hearing for the casino
Monday, October 19th - Board of Education Meeting - Held in the Board of Education Room
November 3rd - Sinking Fund Election
Your Bargaining Team
Zack Stucky - Salary Chair (High School)
Lisa Dirkse - Bargaining Team Member (Edgewood)
Jacquelyn Ball - Bargaining Team Member (Middle School)
Kris Olson - Bargaining Team Member (Middle School)
Derek Woycehoski - FEA President (High School)