Last Week in the EPEA

Keeping members informed and engaged ... September 4, 2018

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Look what I received last week. Other members too. Did you? This is the beginning of target campaigns encouraging members to drop their union. In no uncertain terms, dropping membership could bring the end of collective bargaining - the right for your union to negotiate pay, benefits, and conditions of employment. The Center for American Experiment is funding this letter campaign and it isn't about providing teachers service or protecting public education. A potential member I talked with last week had joined a private group for liability coverage in a different state. In discussion this person was concerned about what that might mean for our local and group and was navigating canceling their involvement with that group. Digging into that group's work, I learned the largest donor to that group is an organization working to privatize education. Play video of Ed MN below if you want more info.

Celebrate Membership!

EPEA has not received ANY requests to drop membership since JANUS. It's that important! EPEA intends to keep it that way. 59 of 63 potential members at the EPEA teacher breakfast signed up for membership. 3 others have since. Membership is critical to our success and impact. Further, EPEA now has preschool teacher group organized as part of our local. They are considered an ESP or Education Support Professional group and are working to negotiate their first contract.

Your Reps

Tom Baker, President

Allen Lundberg, Vice President

Adam Cooke, Treasurer
Cheryl Heaney, Secretary

Full Time Release President

My official office is at ASC. I'm looking to be in buildings connecting with members as much as possible. Let me know if there is an event, a PLC, a meeting, happy hour, etc I could be part of ... I'll appreciate the invitation. I'm navigating FT Release for EPEA for the first time. Making that release meaningful to members and EPS will be important to future negotiations. I made it to all sites during workshop focused mostly on connecting with our new teachers. Other events included an Ed Advisory group with downtown at the Labor Building with the Minnesota Regional Labor Federation (a part of the AFL-CIO), a fundraiser for Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn and Laurie Pryor, a meeting with Stacie Stanley, meetings with our new site administrators, and a general membership meeting with the Pre-school group. Please reach out anytime by phone above or by email.

Payroll and E-finance

Just a reminder - It's always recommend you do get on and check your first payroll for accuracy. It's also important you follow the efinance directions (sent by email) to review your assignment and agreement which is now online. Review that as soon as possible. It's important to report errors to HR and be sure you are on the right step and lane w/ appropriate salary.

While on finances ... you may think about making sure your TSA (403b) contributions are set up correctly to be sure you're adequately taking advantage of district matching funds offered in contract. I can help review and calculate any of that for you as can your building reps.

Leave of Absence

If you're returning from a Leave of Absence last year you may want to check in w/ myself or Whitney Rikard to be sure your membership is up to date. It is not continuous or automatically reinstating if you were on leave last year. Thank you.

EPEA info

You can find official docs of the EPEA on our Website.

That would include contract, our Constitution and Bylaws, Q Comp MOU, budget, representation, meeting schedule, etc. Our Bylaws and Constitution govern our business and notice of our meetings and budget are required. The meeting schedule posted there and this notice are intended to meet those obligations. Other News and updates will be done through this forum and our social media. Use this link request to be a member of that group.