These frequent reports replace the monthly Update. Here you'll find important information in easily digestible segments! These reports are each archived by month for our memebership's convienance.
1. Hundreds of energizing FWEA connection conversations! 2. What our Certificicated and ESP CBA states about Inclement weather 3. Reporting and Guidance about Discrimination and Harrassment from NEA Legal 4. New Member Events!
1. Listening Tour! We are energized by the hundreds of face-to-face connection conversations we've had with FWEA members this week as we continue our listening tour, and the postive response from our visits! We had quick introductory chats with as many members as we could reach. The appreciative welcome was humbling and energizing! We have a lot of work ahead of us, but by listening to our broad membership, and building our relationships with Certs and ESPs, it make us a better union, with better programming and a deeper understanding of our members and schools. We also appreciate our Association Representatives who helped pass the word along. You'll hear more from your ARs after our December meeting (which, as always, is open to all members), including news on our elementary visits.
2. Inclement Weather: Since it's getting colder, we wanted to share a reminder of our CBA language. There was a district email, but you need to know we have contract language about Inclement weather:
ESPs: Section 9.7 - "The safety of our staff is a paramount concern in the event of inclement weather. When schools are announced as closed on inclement weather days, staff need not report to work that day. When schools are announced as delayed in opening by one (1) or two (2) hours due to inclement weather, staff will report to work as soon as safety allows and no later than thirty (30) minutes before the rescheduled student time. Staff not working in a school setting will report to work as soon as safety allows and no later than one (1) or two (2) hours after the beginning of their normal day. Staff will not be charged for any absent hours within the District-stated late arrival. In the event of a building closure, absent hours may be covered by make-up days, comp time, or authorized leave as agreed upon by the employee and the administrator.
Certificated: Section 9.2 - Inclement Weather and Disasters When schools are announced as closed on inclement weather days, staff need not report to work that day. When schools are announced as delayed in opening by one (1) or two (2) hours by inclement weather, staff will report to work as soon as safety allows but no later than thirty (30) minutes before the scheduled student arrival time. The staff member will be solely responsible for evaluating the safety of travel conditions on these days. Early closures - Staff may leave when students are dismissed on days where there are early closures due to inclement weather. If necessary, the building administrator may require some staff to remain in the building until all students have been evacuated.
3. Discrimination and Harassment: As FWEA union members, we stand united to ensure our union and schools are safe and welcoming for all staff and students. I wanted to pass on this informational letter from NEA Head Legal Counsel, Alice O'Brien. She shared links of resources and a reporting site if you observe discrimintaion, harassment or hate at school.
She also lists some legal advice including:
Discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, religion, gender, disability and/or national origin (or their perceived race, religion, gender, disability and/or national origin) is unlawful and violates federal civil rights laws as well as state and, in many instances, local civil rights law.
Educators, parents, and students should report discrimination and harassment. Individuals who report such conduct are protected under federal law against retaliation for their actions.
Intimidating, harassing, or assaulting individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, national orientation, perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in school may also be punishable as a hate crime under federal and state law.
4. Member Events! Our website's home page is filled with FWEA member events, which are free for members, including a New Member Meet-Up, Financial Seminar, Educators of Color Meet-Up and more! We need your help to spread the word!
Shannon McCann is a middle school Special Education Teacher, who is proudly serving as our FWEA President