4/3/21 – Furloughs? Freezes? What are you hoping for this year?

A 50 million dollar difference

All member survey on your financial priorities for 2021 HERE

For months now, the District has said they’ll have to cut $50 million or more from our Jeffco budget. They are talking about furlough days for all employees (essentially salary cuts) position cuts, and more. Two doom and gloom financial presentations have been made to your bargaining team and it’s abundantly clear that they are starting from an assumption that not only will there be no money allocated for front line salaries this year, they expect us to take cuts. In fact, that was the first item at community budget meetings.

Quite frankly – it’s time to call the district’s bluff.

Jeffco has been carrying a huge budget surplus for years to the tune of $108 million as of June 2020. Even with a projected $42 million spend down this year, reserves are still healthy. Still, based on what we have heard from the district, any salary increases or additional resources will be hard-fought.  All signs point to a better state funding scenario than the district is presenting.

Our all-member survey is open NOW through April 12th – please encourage every JCEA member to participate!

2021 JCEA Compensation survey HERE

Join us for bargaining MONDAY, April 5th!

Your team is headed right back to the table post spring break Monday at 4:30 pm! Management has been dragging their feet on countering our proposals – tune in to support your team and let them know this process is important and we won’t be brushed aside in our advocacy for students and educators!

As usual, our session will be live-streamed through our JCEA #RedforEd page with live chat during the session and debrief with your bargaining team. If you can’t join us for the entire session we encourage you to jump on for the time with the team afterward, it’s a GREAT way to learn more about the bargaining process and have questions answered by your team!

If you don’t use Facebook, bargaining is also live-streamed through the district HERE.

2021 JCEA Awards – Nominate today!

Recognizing Excellence, Power, and Leadership

One nomination is all it takes to shine a light on someone you admire who deserves recognition.

Every year, JCEA members honor remarkable educators and friends of public education across Jefferson County.  Some awards are intended for individual members while other awards allow for honoring an individual community member who supports public education in Colorado. Review each award and submit your nominations by April 5, 2021.  

These awards are from JCEA members to fellow members and allies of public education. You must be a member in good standing to nominate an individual for an award.

https://jcea.coloradoea.org/jcea-awards/

Jeffy Award – Honors a JCEA member for their contribution to the profession through participation in both their union and as an educator.

Lion Award – Honors a JCEA member for consistently advocate for educator’s rights and stand up for the schools our students deserve.

Tanner Award – An award in memory of Leilani Tanner, who was a shining star organizer and educator. This award honors a JCEA member who embraces grassroots organizing to build their union and community coalitions.

Diamond Award – An award to recognize a JCEA member for outstanding service to education through collective bargaining.

Super Jeffy Award –An award to honor a JCEA member for sustained involvement and participation with their union, JCEA. To be nominated for the Super Jeffy you must have been awarded the Jeffy award previously.

Friend of Education – An award to honor a friend of education (they do not have to be a member of JCEA) and who supports public education for all Jeffco students.

April AR Council – Tuesday the 13th 4:30 pm

Calling all ARs!

Don’t forget to RSVP for virtual council! This month will focus on our escalation to support bargaining. We will review our member salary survey results and walk through what it will take to ensure Jeffco management invests in our frontline educators this year.

You Must Register in advance for this meeting:

https://coloradoea.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtcuiurj8vHNOUrrf9d3iCgnLQoN0jnn5e