Newark Teachers Association

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

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Newark Teachers Association

Your local, state and national unions advocate for you and your students


Thursday, 27 September 2018


Dear Certificated Members and other Certificated Employees,


My primary goal for the 2018-2019 school year is to improve relationships between NTA and NUSD.  I believe strongly that in order to do this we need to understand our collective bargaining agreement.


Bargaining - Let Us Hear Your Voice

You have just a few days left to complete the Contract Needs Survey 01. Survey ends on Monday, 10/01/2018.  It is important for us to gather some preliminary information so we can begin to narrow down the top needs of our members. We will be working on both salary and class size, so no need for you to focus on those issues in this survey.


We are also going to be selecting a bargaining/negotiation team.  If youíre interested please complete this form. Bargaining



Work Day

I get lots of questions about what our work day should look like from both teachers and administrators.  Article 7 of our collective bargaining agreement spells it out. Today, I want to refresh everyone on one part of that article.


7.2 The regular work day for full-time members except as provided in Sections 7.3 and 7.4 shall be seven hours (7) and thirty (30) minutes. The workday shall include a duty free lunch period equal to 30 minutes or the student lunch period, whichever is longer. During lunch, brunch, and preparation periods, unit members may elect to leave their worksite subject to prior approval of the site administrator(s)/designee, which shall not unreasonably be withheld.


7.2.1 The beginning and ending times of the work day may be mutually agreed upon by the individual unit member and the immediate supervisor as long as the work day does not exceed the amount provided in Section 7.2 and conforms to the scheduled staff meeting times as included in the site/department Meeting Calendar.


It is really important for both NTA members and administrators to understand the contract.  If you feel that there has been a violation, please discuss it with your site representative, they will help clarify and escalate as needed.


Calendars and Adjunct Duties - Last Call

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement with Newark Unified School District requires administrators to provide staff and NTA with some information by the second full week Friday. I have asked Site Reps to work with their administrators to get these to us ASAP, they were due to us on Friday, 31 August.


7.13.4 - "By the end of the second full week of each school year, the site administrator will provide the staff at each school with a meeting calendar identifying all anticipated meeting for the year..."


7.15.3 "By the end of the second full week of each school year, staff at each site and the Association will be provided with a list of anticipated adjunct duties for the year, including the estimated time necessary to complete each duty."


Please contact your Site Rep if you still donít have these two important items. Also, review your calendars to ensure that they are in compliance with our Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The first step is to discuss with your administrator, then your Site Rep. Site Reps will contact the appropriate Executive Board Member(s).




Remember, we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Timothy Merritt
Newark Teachers Association, President
NTAnewark@gmail.com

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Your Advocate.

Your Partner. Your CTA.

The value of membership


Newark Teachers Association

Your local, state and national unions advocate for you and your students


Thursday, 20 September 2018


Dear Certificated Members and other Certificated Employees,


Notice: Sorry for the late notice, on Friday at 3:30 we will be holding an informational meeting at Birch Grove Primary to update you the TK-3 class size.


Bargaining

This year is a full contract negotiation with Newark Unified School District. If you havenít already done so, please complete the Contract Needs Survey 01. It is important for us to gather some preliminary information so we can begin to narrow down the top needs of our members. We know the salary and class size are important issues, so help us by focusing on the other issues so we donít miss something important to you.


We are also going to be selecting a bargaining/negotiation team.  If youíre interested please complete this form. Bargaining



NTA Equity Team

I am proud to announce that the Executive Board of NTA and Site Rep Council has approved the recommendations.  


  • Juleus Chapman - LGBTQ+ Chair

  • Farah Nations - Human Rights Chair

  • Amanda Yopp - Womenís Issues Chair



Please help me in welcoming this trio of outstanding leaders and educators that agreed to step up and help make a difference.  All three are an inspiration to me!


Calendars and Adjunct Duties

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement with Newark Unified School District requires administrators to provide staff and NTA with some information by the second full week Friday. I have asked Site Reps to work with their administrators to get these to us ASAP, they were due to us on Friday, 31 August.


7.13.4 - "By the end of the second full week of each school year, the site administrator will provide the staff at each school with a meeting calendar identifying all anticipated meeting for the year..."


7.15.3 "By the end of the second full week of each school year, staff at each site and the Association will be provided with a list of anticipated adjunct duties for the year, including the estimated time necessary to complete each duty."


Please contact your Site Rep if you still donít have these two important items. Also, review your calendars to ensure that they are in compliance with our Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The first step is to discuss with your administrator, then your Site Rep. Site Reps will contact the appropriate Executive Board Member(s).



Electrical Appliances in the Classroom/PODS

Late in the school year 2017-2018, Administrators were notified to contact all staff and let them know about a directive that came from MOT.  I have discussed this issue with both Superintendent Sanchez and Director of Human Resources Saavedra. They have agreed that we can have personal appliances in our classroom.


Please use good judgment and safety standards.  Ensure that appliances are in good working condition. They should be plugged into an electrical outlet (no daisy-chain extension cords).  Be aware that appliances that arenít clean will attract insects. Keep your appliances clean. I would also recommend that you unplug appliances when youíre not using them to save electricity and reduce the possibility of fire when youíre not present.


If you have any appliances that were removed from your room over the summer or this fall, please contact your Site Rep.  Site Reps will gather site information and bring to the attention of their Executive Board Member. I am continuing to work with the District to facilitate the return of those items.




Remember, we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Timothy Merritt
Newark Teachers Association, President
NTAnewark@gmail.com

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Your Advocate.

Your Partner. Your CTA.

The value of membership


Newark Teachers Association

Your local, state and national unions advocate for you and your students


Newark Unified School District and the Newark Teachers Association is proud to have you on board. We will all be working on several initiates this year and beyond to transform NUSD as a destination district for families to send their children to be educated and for teachers to come and work.


Our students are the reason we come to work.  One of the important issues that we must immediately tackle is improving Average Daily Attendance (ADA).  Many of you may immediately question why and how.


The why is because we care about our students. When students are not at school, they are missing the opportunity to learn with you and their classmates.  Students need to be at school. It also is a financial issue. When students don't attend school, the state reduces funding for our District. When the state reduces funding for our District, the District needs to reduce spending.  Reduced spending puts burdens on each and every one of us.


The how requires some effort, but that effort will pay off in many ways.  When a student is absent from your class, please make a concerted effort to find out why.  Call home or send an email to the parents. Let them know how important it is for their student to be at school every day.  It is important to inform parents of the range of reasons (educational, social/emotional, financial, ...). Also, when the student returns to school, let them know that they were missed.  You do not need to focus only on the educational material the student missed, focus on the student.


For more information about how you and NTA/CTA advocate for your students, visit https://www.cta.org/ForAllStudents


NTA is the union that represents you in the district. We are affiliated with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA).


Your union is you and your colleagues coming together to advocate for your students, your profession, your community and the public education all California students deserve. Educators are stronger when we have a collective voice.


Here's what it means to be a member of NTA:


A place for professional growth: CTA staff, member trainers and experts offer hundreds of free professional development opportunities across the state help you grow throughout your career.


An advocate for your career: Your local leaders and CTA staff collectively bargain contracts, engage our community, represent educators building-by-building and influence district policy. Providing smaller class sizes and better learning conditions, as well as fair wages, benefits and working conditions to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning is a priority.


A voice for public education: The decisions local school boards, state lawmakers and Congress make impact your classroom, school, and profession. NTA, CTA, and NEA have people fighting for you every day, connecting members to their policymakers and other state and federal officials to ensure their voices are heard when decisions are made.


A partner: Have a question about your insurance? Or how to request a day off? We're here to get you an answer quickly. Need help with classroom management? We have experience tackling issues so you don't have to do it alone.


Remember, we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Timothy Merritt
Newark Teachers Association, President
NTAnewark@gmail.com