From the President
As we head into the final days of Semester One, I want to say thank you to all of our hard working members who are daily trying to grow our organization. We have worked hard with the District to accomplish a lot this year, including working through DA school issues, compensation for shelter volunteers and make-up schedules for school closings during Hurricane Irma, just to name a few. Our goal of recruitment and retention rings louder today, as I just discovered that a Bill to decertify unions has already been filed for this year. Now, more than ever, we need to be having conversations with potential members to explain to them the power of a collective voice. Individually, we are a cry in the dark, but COLLECTIVELY we are a voice to be reckoned with. We need to make a stand to Legislators that we are here to stay! Explain to those who raise the loudest objections to what we are doing that they, too, can and need to be part of the solution. Empower them with knowledge so they can speak out with authority. Guide them so they can be effective. Join WITH them, so WE ALL STAND TOGETHER AS ONE VOICE! I am excited to tell you that 40 brand new Building Reps attended our recent Leadership Training, and will be a part of our activists as we seek to educate fellow employees, family and our community on our concerns to this attack on PUBLIC EDUCATION while seemingly turning a blind eye to Charter Schools and their many issues.
I can tell you that our office staff is working very hard each day to help each of you be the best you can be in your workplace as we strive to give our students the best opportunity for a successful education. We continue to work with the District to finalize our contract for this year, hopefully before the Holiday break.
As you enjoy time off with family and friends, relax and rejuvenate. During this time, we at USEP want to wish you and your families a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year.
See you next year,
Don Peace, President