I hope you had a great summer and you’re ready to get back to work. When I say, “get back to work,” I don’t mean what we all do because we are employed by the Pemberton Township School District. That is a given. We do what we love, teach and inspire students to be the best they can be! What I mean is, are we ready to get back to the work of unifying our association and empowering our members? We need to get back to work making our association stronger and better than ever. Our contract expires June 30, 2018 so this a negotiations year for us. We are collecting the information needed and organizing the team for approval by Rep. Council.
We need to get back to work supporting each other, no matter what we do for Pemberton Schools. We know that when each one of us helps another, we win. You know who else wins when we work together? Our students win! We have workshops scheduled, our winter social and other activities for members to attend. Join in and mingle with your follow members. However, we need members to commit to come to workshops and social events for us to feel unified. We need to get back to the work of making sure our school community is safe and inclusive of all the people our community serves. How do we do this? Over the years we have developed a very active PRIDE campaign within our community. What is PRIDE, you ask? Well we are having a workshop on September 18, 2017 to explain what it is and how schools can get involved. A flyer should be posted in your building.
We need to get back to work talking to our legislators about the importance of fully funding our pensions and getting real relief from the devastating impact of Chapter 78 on our paychecks. Our Legislative Action team will be busy this year. We need to get back to work having meaningful conversations with each other, our family, our friends, and our neighbors about making sure that we elect pro-education and pro-labor legislators to represent us from New Jersey to Washington. There are lots of ways to become involved by cyber lobbying days to attending lobby days in Trenton.
This is going to take some effort though, and I need each one of you to pitch in and be a part of our progress. Here is an overview of our action plan.
Communications: Over the last two years we have set-up the following methods of communication so that you can stay informed. Please be sure you’re connected to one of these methods. The PTEA Web-site pembertontwpea.org this is where you can find a copy of the contract, the Associations’ Constitution and By Laws, upcoming workshops, and minutes of Rep Council meetings and the site will also connect you to the BCEA web site as well as the NJEA web site. We have a Facebook page and a Twitter account please follow both for upcoming events and information.
Representation: Each building should have a head rep as well as a rep for each 15 people the building has. This makes getting information out to members more efficient. We have a rep council meeting each month at a different school. All members are welcome to attend. A list of meetings should be posted on the Pemberton Township Education Association bulletin board in each building. Also after every Rep Council meeting the Association reps will be reporting back to you the next day in 10- minute meetings. Please be sure to attend those meetings. We will also continue our board watching which was started last year. The members in the building where the Rep Council meeting is being held will go to the Public Board meeting that month. It’s important that members attend the board meetings not just the officers of the Association.
Most importantly GET INVOLVED, think of belonging to our association like a gym membership, you only see results when you show up and get to work. We need you on committees, at school board meetings, writing post cards to legislators, and many other things which will not demand much of your time.
Let’s have a great year together!