Our First Week....
The interim managers have been hard at work the last week to assess the Association's current status and to determine the best way to move forward, together, as a stronger, unified Association.
Dr. Fredericksen contacted me Wednesday morning to suggest that we meet; Mr. Pavic then emailed me updates regarding negotiations. It’s clear that the administration has recognized the interim managers of WCEA, which is a big step in the right direction! We are in the process of identifying the negotiating team so that the discussions may resume, and this time with the support and expertise of MSEA.
Some other important updates:
1) We have established a Review Board to handle the recall process as outlined in Article XII of the WCEA Bylaws. We anticipate that the currently suspended officers and directors will individually receive copies of the charges in the coming days. Each will have an opportunity to respond. Upon receipt of the charges and the responses, the Review Board will prepare ballots for distribution to the membership. We are hopeful that ballots will be available for voting during the week of May 5, 2014. In order to recall officers, a majority of those voting must approve of the action.
2) It appears that Ms. Stephenson, despite her suspended status, will attempt to conduct a vote on April 28-29 regarding disaffiliation. Please be aware that, this vote has absolutely no validity. The March 19, 2014 Representative Assembly—the governing body of the organization—voted overwhelmingly to not take any actions to amend the Bylaws prior to the end of the 2014-15 school year. Therefore, Ms. Stephenson's proposed vote is out of order and is not binding on the Association.
Regardless, we encourage you to vote "NO" to accepting the proposed bylaw amendments to send a clear message that we are ready to put divisive tactics behind us and renew our focus on building a stronger association that leads to better working conditions, contracts, and schools.
Our understanding is that the vote will be conducted on an online platform with no ability to ensure that the vote will be limited to members or that members may only vote once. Rest assured that any votes overseen by the interim managers will have far greater security and will be respectful of the Association’s Bylaws and policies.
If there are any questions, please email me or call any one of the 9 interim managers. Thank you for standing strong.
Gary Hammer, BMS
Stephanie Lewis, Parkside
Nathan Sinclair, Technology
Ronald Hollis, Parkside
Kevin Johnson, Mardela Middle/High
Joanne Hoeffner, Mardela Middle/High
John McIntosh, JMB
Mary Antlfinger-Norton, Mardela Middle/High
Joan Smith, BMS