CEAGo May 30, 2017

CEA MEMBERS SCHOOL BETSY DEVOS

Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers rallied for public education and against efforts to undermine and underfund our public schools. Teachers’ voices were heard! Read news stories and watch the television coverage.

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NBC Connecticut TV 30

WTNH TV 8

Check out the photos from the rally

A shiny apple to U.S. Congressman. John Larson and the hundreds of teachers, students, paraprofessionals, and community members who attended our rally in East Hartford and stood up and spoke out against attacks on our schools and our teachers.

NEW CEA TV AD

Parents criticize the governor and some legislators for their plans to balance the budget on the backs of their children and teachers, in CEA’s newest TV ad airing tomorrow.

Watch the ad and hear one young boy school Connecticut’s politicians.

 

We can’t stop now. Keep making those calls to your legislators. Tell them to vote against any proposals that will hurt our students and our schools.

A rotten apple to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, for so many reasons, but just this week for attacking East Hartford public schools and for proposing to cut the federal education budget and giving $1 billion to her special projects for the elite and wealthy.


SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

This year’s CEA Summer Leadership Conference will be held July 31 – August 2, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Each Local Association may send up to eight free attendees this year.

New this year: One Day Conference Option: Wednesday, August 2. Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to see your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.

10% OFF AT GOODYEAR AUTO SERVICE CENTERS

CEA members receive 10% off any auto service and tire purchases, and free flat tire repair at any Goodyear Auto Service Centers in Connecticut. Members who purchase winter snow tires also receive seasonal change overs for the life of the tires. Show your CEA membership card to receive the discount.

40% OFF AT THEATERWORKS

Teachers pay only $30 on tickets valued at $50. Use promo code CEA30 at theaterworkshartford.org or request your CEA discount when you call the box office (860.527.7838). Patrons must present their CEA membership card at the door.

CEAGo May 15, 2017

GOVERNOR’S NEW BUDGET PLAN: UNACCEPTABLE

The governor’s new budget plan released today is unacceptable to Connecticut educators. It still shifts the cost of the teacher pension fund to cities and towns.

More budget proposals from legislators are expected in the coming days, and we will review and update you on how these will impact education funding and teacher retirement.

Watch for a call to action from CEA, as we stand ready to fight against these attacks on our students, our profession, and our future.


A shiny apple to you for your advocacy and willingness to fight for what is right.

KEEP YOUR PROMISE RALLY POSTPONED

With the uncertainty and continually changing elements of the state budget, we have postponed our Keep Your Promise Rally, originally scheduled for May 18.

We need you to continue to join with your colleagues and speak out against plans to shift teacher retirement costs from the state onto cities and towns.

A rotten apple to any legislators—both Democrats and Republicans—who are considering eliminating collective bargaining rights. Today the attacks focus on state employees; tomorrow it will be teachers. We can’t allow Connecticut to become the next Wisconsin.

Click here to contact your legislators and tell them to protect our rights.


SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

This year’s CEA Summer Leadership Conference will be held July 31 – August 2, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Each Local Association may send up to eight free attendees this year.

New this year: One Day Conference Option: Wednesday, August 2. Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to see your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.

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CEA TEACHER APPRECIATION DAYS AT YARD GOATS BASEBALL

The Hartford Yard Goats are holding two CEA Teacher Appreciation Days this summer, July 29 and August 11, with discounted tickets and fireworks after each game. Get more information at http://www.cea.org/memberbenefits/discounts/

Keep Your Promise Rally Postponed

Given the uncertainty and continually changing elements of the state budget, we are postponing our Keep Your Promise Rally scheduled for May 18.

More budget proposals are expected in the coming days, and we will review and update you on how these will impact education funding and teacher retirement.

Our thanks to all of you for your advocacy and willingness to fight for what is right. There is much more work to do before the session ends on June 7.

Watch for a call to action from CEA in the coming days and weeks, as we stand ready to fight against any attacks on our students, our profession, and our future.

We need you to continue to join with your colleagues in engaging your legislators on these important issues.

We are stronger together.

May Rep Council Meeting Notes

NTL Rep Council Meeting Notes May 2, 2017

At the beginning of the meeting, the agenda order was changed to allow Ed Bozenski, Director of Security to address some issues. A letter from the Superintendent’s office dated April 20, 2017 was distributed that listed improvements that have been made to security over the past three years. The full time position director was eliminated and became a part time position (20 hours per week) with a new job description, including reporting residency issues and home visits but no investigative work. Some of the unfilled duties could be done by administrators, but the BOE did the best they could.

Window markings should be on every classroom.

Parking stickers were a result of the School Hazard Plan from the Supt. Office in conjunction with the Police Dept. and it is a requirement that a parking permit must be displayed. Removable hanging tags were ordered for NHS which say “NHS staff,” but they are more expensive than the stickers made in the print shop that were distributed. Concerns were raised about having a car identified as belonging to a Naugatuck teacher and the stickers fading out. The ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ policy was also mentioned, but we were unsure if principals have access to the policy yet. Ed has not gotten authorization to send it out to staff. Please email Ed with any questions about any security issue.

This was followed by a lengthy discussion about an issue that happened back in December. Charley explained that he posted on his personal Facebook account about a policy at the high school that had upset his son. He stated that he did not mean to embarrass teachers at the high school. Mike Breen called Charley and asked him to take down the post, which he did. He also apologized to any teacher that was hurt by it. George stated that he should have addressed the issue earlier.

Financial report was distributed by Deb.

Charley reported that there are no grievances at this time. He reminded teachers that the “necessary and unavoidable” personal days must be taken by May 15 each school year, but after that date regular personal days may still be requested 48 hours in advance.

Cheryl Campbell reported that membership stands at 340 and to keep her posted of comings and goings.

Nancy Janis spoke of adding a counter to the NTL website to follow traffic and the reps thought it was a good idea to do so.

NTL concerns included the director of security going to part time.

Parking stickers (see above)

The Keep the Promise Rally will be held in Hartford on May 18, 2017. Buses will be available at various locations; Waterbury will leave Brass City Mall at 4pm. Teachers are encouraged to attend.

Elementary concerns – Teachers that have been injured on the job are allowed to request an ambulance for transport. The school nurse makes the determination. Questions about workmen’s compensation should be addressed with CEA 1 800 842 – 4316. The attorney’s name is Melanie Kolek.

There was a concern that an administrator would not write a letter of recommendation for a reading assistant. Reps recommended asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation.

No Intermediate concerns

Middle School concerns were that they are short subs often. The suggestion of having Super Subs that were paid more might help.

High school graduation is voluntary for teachers.

Old Business NEA/RA reps were elected

PDEC is having a terrible time getting a meeting scheduled.

Coming up is the Retirement Social and Summer Leadership Conference. Also to be done is the NTL budget for next year.

Details of the upcoming elections were discussed. Each rep was given 50 ballots. Members must vote on the day of the election and give back the ballot to the rep. Teachers must vote at the school where they receive their paycheck. Each person will initial a staff list when they receive their ballot and be checked off when they hand it back. Completed ballots will then be hand delivered to Bonnie Gerrish at Hop Brook.

Submitted by Nancy Sasso Janis

CEA Summer Leadership Conference

This year’s CEA Summer Leadership Conference will be held July 31 – August 2, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Each local association may send up to eight free attendees this year. Please contact your Local Association President prior to registering to determine if you are eligible to attend at no cost. If you do qualify, you have the following options to register:

Your Local Association President can register you; or
You can self-register via the CEA website at www.cea.org under Upcoming Events. If you choose to self-register, please use the special code given to you by your LP so that no charges are incurred when you register.
If no free spots are available, please reference the SLC brochure for paid options.

New this year – One Day Conference Option – Wednesday, August 2.

Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to view your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.