The only way we can move things forward is to bring in a mediator. This, of course, will take time and energy. Time and energy that we could be devoting to our students. We will be filing the necessary paperwork with the Public Employment Relations Board to start this process as soon as possible. Hopefully, we can get mediation scheduled in the next few weeks.
The WTA negotiations team has worked very hard on our behalf. They have come prepared to every bargaining session, they have been prepared for the give and take of bargaining. Unfortunately, this strong work ethic and respect for the process has not been reciprocated by WUSD.
Chapter Elections Results
The Elections have been held. Click to see the results.
What Are Your Rights When It Comes to Talking About Students Opting Out of Testing?
CTA has provided updated information regarding your rights as a teacher to discuss opting out of testing with students and their families.
Please click on this link for more information: Teachers & Opting Out
Bargaining is now underway. Check here for updates.
New bargaining sessions have been scheduled. These dates are 2/22, 3/7, & 3/17. Come back here for updates.
Survey for K-5 Teachers
K-5 teachers: Please take a brief survey regarding how you feel about the VAPA programs on your campus. The survey is short - only two questions.
Please visit CTA Member Benefits to ensure you are getting the most out of your membership in WTA. We are hoping that there will be an open enrollment period for disability insurance through The Standard later this year. We'll keep you posted.
Our updated contract has been added to the site, and can be viewed here.
Our chapter by-laws have been updated per CTA recommendations. Most of the changes made were minor. The new by-laws can be viewed here.
The Weingarten Rule
Do not talk with an administrator if you believe the conversation will be about your employment rights.
Say: "If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectively request that my Association representative be present at the meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions."
I will not criticize any union colleague except to that individual directly.
If any union colleague is being criticized in my presence, I will confront the criticism and ask that it stop.
I will not participate in any conversations with management that criticize, or negatively speculate about any union colleague.
I will settle my differences with colleagues within my union.
I will engage in debate, offer others every opportunity for debate and respect minority viewpoints, but I will observe and support the majority mandate of my union.