3/10/21 – March AR Vital link

Bargaining for tomorrow at 6:00 pm is ON!

We will be bargaining tomorrow! Please help spread the word to your building members (and potential members too!) to ask them to join us for virtual bargaining.

RSVP to our Facebook event and invite your friends (it’s super easy and reminds people about the event frequently) here: https://fb.me/e/11UCKrinh

You can find copies of all the proposals and counter-proposals at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GEu2L7HCr3DszdBaXUeVcBYlNvCGfQ3c?usp=sharing

Share your stories with your team and help support our goals for bargaining

Few things are more powerful than first-hand personal stories of how your students, your classroom, and your profession are impacted by current struggles AND how solving those challenges will help our school communities thrive. Your team is always looking for opportunities to provide concrete examples at the bargaining table of your current reality – stories for any of the topics being worked on this year are welcome and encouraged!

**Actions to support bargaining**

Share your story with the team! Any topic… consider this question: Why does something in the contract need to be changed? SUBMIT STORY HERE

Track your time – HONESTLY, all of it.

March 24th your bargaining team is presenting language on time management and they need real-time data to paint the picture of what your work looks like currently

Starting today we are asking that all members keep a quick record of their time worked – ALL of your time. Answering emails at 9:00 pm? Track that. Working on grading and lesson plans on the weekend? Track that. Supporting students and parents from dawn until dusk? Track that too!

Use this form to track your time – Due back by March 20th

After Spring Break: Survey on salary, District budget cut proposals, and actions YOU are ready to take on money issues!

March council resources

Thank you to everyone who joined their union colleagues for council last night – it’s always good to reconnect and hear about how things are going in your schools and how we are working together on our shared values.

Some quick highlights of our topics last night:

Membership growth and recruitment – as always we are stronger together, keep up the good work organizing new members to join JCEA!
JCEA Awards for 2021 – nominations are open! Let’s celebrate our rockstar members!
JCEA Elections – voting is now open for 2 positions, JCEA Vice President and JCEA Treasurer. Electronic ballots were sent to all JCEA members last night to your school emails. Voting is open through March 16th, 2021 at 5:00 pm
JCEA Bargaining 2021 update – upcoming action items below!
JCEA Action team chair openings – nominations (and self-nominations) are open! These positions will be voted on by our council members in our April council meeting on April 12th 2021. Up for nominations are our Political Action Team (PAT) chair and our Early Career Educators Action Team (ECEAT) chair. Both of these positions join the JCEA operational board in addition to carrying forward the current work of these teams while bringing new ideas and vision for the future.
Delegate assembly update
Secondary return to in-person learningFORM FOR YOUR BUILDING HERE
Action item! If you weren’t able to join us last night please take some time with this form from our break-out sessions to let us know what the sentiment in your building is currently.
– CMAS update – action items below!

Don’t forget to Vote!

Please remember to cast your vote for JCEA Vice President, Treasurer, and self-funded candidates to NEA RA.

Voting is open through March 16th 2021

Agendas, slides, and templates:

Agenda for March 2021 Council

Minutes from March 2021 Council

Slides from March 2021 Council

Create your own – stand-up meeting template (thanks Lauren!)

Building unity, power, and energy in your school – tools to help you succeed

We know it may feel wonky, but we PROMISE there is a method to the madness of organizing and building power. As we continue to build momentum and engagement around bargaining we have created an easy-to-use worksite chart for every building – we will revisit these at each council this Spring and look forward to using this easy tool!

Take some time to check out your building chart and get familiar with the lay of the land

Building charts for ARs, AACs, and Building action team members HERE.

JCEA parent and community conversation

JCEA’s Community Outreach Action Team (COAT) is hosting their THIRD small group conversation for parents and community members who want to partner with our members to continue to advocate on behalf of student and educator safety. There are parents and community members across Jeffco who support this cause and it is our work to provide space for this community to connect and grow. If you are interested in getting involved in parent and community outreach generally please email Elizabeth Kantner at esbluestar@gmail.com

Join us and bring a Jeffco parent with you! Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 pm
You must register in advance to attend – REGISTER HERE

CMAS Testing: Relief for Colorado students and educators

While the original legislation proposed had to be modified due to decisions made at the Federal level – our smart and skilled bill sponsors and partners have introduced a second bill that continues this work.

There are lots of ways to take action to support relief from testing this year – action ideas below!

Quick link to connect with your senators – bit.ly/CMAS-call-senator

Petition to cancel CMAS testing – http://coloea.org/cancel-cmas