Today I’m packing and prepping for the NEA RA in Houston. Many of your ESP Council members will be attending and will arrive there on Tuesday for a busy week of meetings and voting on amendments (legislative & constitutional), resolutions, policy… and more. We would love to hear your ideas or concerns. Go to NEA RA 2019. Go to business item tab. You can review items and share your thoughts here. We will take your ideas and concerns to Houston. Please comment below or contact us using the Contact Your ESP Council tab on the main menu. We look forward to hearing from you!
Who is heading to Houston and attending the NEA RA 2019?
The World’s Largest Democratic Deliberative Assembly
NEA’s Annual Meeting takes place during the final week of June and/or the first week of July. Various committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather to set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. The 2019 Annual Meeting will take place in Houston, Texas.
Thousands of NEA members will come together to voice their ideas and beliefs, to vote on various policies that will help grow our membership and make our membership stronger. I am extremely proud to be able to attend!
Your IEA membership guarantees representation at the bargaining table and ensures you have access to free legal services should the need ever arise.
UniServ Directors – IEA’s front-line
UniServ Directors (UDs), located at 22 offices statewide, are IEA’s front-line support for your local association. UDs advocate for your best professional interests and support your efforts to provide high-quality education. Your working conditions are your students’ learning conditions. Like you, IEA wants both to be the best they can be.
As a public education employee, your union, as your exclusive bargaining representative, has the legal right to negotiate the terms of your employment. Your contract is the basis for most of your employee rights. It spells out your working hours, evaluation process, work/life benefits, job responsibilities, use of social media and school safety.
Your UD supports your local representatives as they negotiate contracts representing your – and ultimately your students’ – best interests.
Other areas of expertise
UDs also help your local association, at no additional cost, with:
Contract interpretation • Grievance processing • Job security protection • Training programs to meet local needs • Employee counseling for work-related problems • Arbitration case presentations • Unemployment information • Bargaining crisis preparation • Retirement concerns • Public relation programs development • Governance matters assistance • Civil rights violations process • IEA-NEA benefits access
Many ESPs have started or are about to start their summertime recharge. Once the last student leaves the building and you head home, take time for you and recharge your mind, body, and spirit. Many ESPs work second or third jobs to help make ends meet. I encourage you to try to slow down, breathe, and do something you enjoy.
To the many ESPs who work all summer, thank you for doing what you do to prepare for the upcoming school year! What you do is extremely important. I also encourage you to find time to do a little recharge as well. You deserve it!!
You only have one you and you deserve to rest. Thank you for being a hero to so many! Thank you for putting your students successes to the forefront, and thank you for your tireless determination to make our students, schools, and communities better. Enjoy your summer!
WE ARE ESP!!
The 2019 legislative session has come to an end. Few, if any, thought it would have ended on such a high note on so many levels. The majority of this update will focus on the IEA legislative priorities. We also think it is important to inform you about the state budget and other significant legislative initiatives that will greatly benefit IEA members.