Hello again County! Welcome to the very first Monday of the year!
As we embark on this next phase of our educational journey, we do so with a bit of trepidation, to be sure. I am already starting to receive questions about the practicalities of having school administrators out of our bargaining unit.
Well, to start off with, we are a union. The harsh reality of this is that we are here primarily to service our members (and, of course, to advance the cause of pubic education.) Since administrators are no longer direct members, that means that we will probably not be able to provide them with the same level of service they once enjoyed, particularly at the local level.
On the other hand, however, they were forcibly removed, and are in the process of figuring out what that means. How much service they will be provided from the central union office, and indeed, how much they can expect from their locals, will be a matter of considerable discussion over the coming months as the new administrator’s association gets underway. A great deal will depend on what they are charged for association fees, and what services they are willing to pay for.
Over the next little while, the locals, the provincial NSTU, the administrators, and indeed, the government will need to figure out how we move forward under this new imposed system of governance. Let’s not forget, this was not our idea. The removal of administrators came as the result of legislation, based on what was, at best, a questionable series of conclusions, arrived at by an outside consultant, about our system. The concerns expressed about the Glaze report remain as valid today as they did back in January.
However, we are here now. We will be updating members as this whole situation unfolds, but for the time being we are, to some extent, in limbo. While we wait for clarification, it would be best if school representatives directed any specific questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On another note, it has come to my attention that a fair number of schools have their curriculum nights scheduled to fall on a Wednesday evening this September. It has been a long standing tradition for all three locals of the NSTU to hold their meetings on Wednesday evenings, specifically to avoid scheduling conflicts. Although it is undoubtedly too late to consider moving the date of September’s curriculum night, it may be of some value for reps to share the dates of the meetings with their admin team.
Finally, Halifax County has an opening for a Provincial Executive member. The Provincial Executive is the decision making body of the NSTU and oversees everything from hiring of staff to determining job action. Any member who wishes to put their name forward can do so, and if you wish more information, please e-mail email@example.com. Please note, member have until THIS FRIDAY to put their names forward.
That’s it for this week, all. Please consider inviting me out to your school for a visit, and I look forward to serving as your local President for another year.