SJEA is adding members on a daily basis. We receive membership density reports on the 15th of each month, so we do not have our July update yet. Membership forms for both unions are attached – and they can be filled out immediately, no printing necessary. We continue to grow our union despite the COVID-19 challenges. Thanks to all of you who spread the word about the importance of union membership.
PLEASE SIGN THE MEMBERSHIP FORMS AND BE SURE TO WRITE THE SCHOOL NAME AT THE TOP! SINCE WE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO INTEROFFICE MAIL, PLEASE EMAIL FORMS TO KATE.DOWDIE@FLORIDAEA.ORG
Welcome our newest members:
Cunningham Creek: Krista Pertile and Danielle Maxwell
Durbin Creek: Janie Olson
Freedom Crossing Academy: Megan Schmidt
Gamble Rogers Middle: Brook Littleford and Kathy Frink
Hickory Creek: Megan Fonseca
Pacetti Bay Middle: Sarah Kranjc
Updated re-opening plans
As you are well aware, the district has revised their re-opening plans to comply with the governor’s executive order: https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/reopening-plan/. SJEA continues to meet with the district via the re-start task force. We have serious concerns about the safety of opening schools on August 10, and I have asked the school board to consider delaying the start of school until August 31. If you have concerns about the re-opening of schools, speak up! See below for information about the next school board meeting.
Concerned about the re-opening of schools? Speak up at Tuesday’s school board meeting
The St. Johns County School Board will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, July 14 at 9 a.m. in the virtual platform WebEx. If you would like to join this meeting please visit https://sjcsd.webex.com/sjcsd/onstage/g.php?MTID=e43f7c02833222cd9e3b099ea3aafe9e3 from a supported Android/Mac/Windows device and you will be entered as an attendee. If you would like to make public comment, please raise your hand by selecting the hand icon on your screen. The Board has set aside three different times for public comment: thirty minutes at the beginning of the meeting, again at the conclusion of the meeting, and prior to taking final action on an agenda item.
Are you registered to vote?
Like it or not, politicians decide almost every aspect of our profession. Make sure you are registered to vote, and check the SJEA Facebook page for our union-endorsed candidates. Visit the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections website and register to vote: https://www.votesjc.com/Register-to-Vote/Register-to-Vote
SJEA in the news
Our union members have been in the news lately! It’s important our voice is heard in the media. If you’re willing to interview with local newspaper and television reporters, email me at this address.
News4Jax story with Josh Kaspar and Catie Grimes: https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/07/08/st-johns-county-teachers-voice-concerns-over-back-to-school-plans/?fbclid=IwAR3B-H2d5JrxNxqdJ-IxBq9LTiA2kPvUVxlxrekIEBkZsrUyj8qzSkpOQeE
First Coast Connect interview with SJEA chief negotiator Justin Vogel: https://news.wjct.org/post/rnc-lawsuit-battle-over-back-school-jea-shutoffs-gamble-rogers-legacy
Article XIV,I. Insurance
The insurance committee shall consist of equal representation from SJEA, SJESPA, and management. The committee shall monitor the self-insured plan and its funds, review and/or develop all proposals for changes, modifications, and improvements to the plan, and submit all proposals for changes to the Board with a committee recommendation. All decisions from the committee will be made by majority vote. The committee shall meet with the bargaining teams no less than two 92) times a year to report any additions, deletions, and/or any plan modifications. The committee shall continue to investigate differentiated plans for single and family.
IN THE NEWS
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How the CDC and pediatricians differ on opening schools
Stay informed! Talk to your building reps about concerns, ask questions, and get involved. Ask a coworker to join!