Read the latest Bargaining Update
Calendar of Events: we need ALL GBEA MEMBERS to attend the event below
Wednesday, March 7th Mediation Session at CAL
Don't forget to wear Red on Tuesdays and Black on Fridays
GBEA Crisis Leaflet for Parents and the Community
Download the March GBEA Newsletter
Mediation Session - 2-28-12
9:45am - the teams are meeting in small groups to have face-to-face discussions about two issues this morning. The two small groups will be discussing the HS Schedule and Classroom Safety
11:10am - the teams finished their small groups discussions and will meet separately to debrief what was discussed.
12:30pm - the teams are meeting in the third small group discussion reviewing the K-12 Collaborative Calendar
1:55pm - the teams finished their small group discussion and will meet separately to debrief what was discussed
3:30pm - leadership from the district and the GBEA met in a small group to discuss the mediation as a whole today. The two leadership groups agreed to have a caucus/dinner break and then meet again
6:30pm - leadership from the district and the GBEA met in a small group and discussed the HS Schedule in more detail
10:15pm - the GBEA has recieved a package proposal from the district that includes all the Articles which remain on the table. It does include changes from their final proposal earlier in the month
THANK YOU to the over 400 members who attended our four regional meetings this week. Please make sure you know who your local building organizers are and if you are not sure just ask around.
Join your fellow teachers on Monday, February 20th in Salem from noon-1pm during our Day of Action The Oregon Legislature could consider stripping your collective bargaining rights and allocating less funding for public education. We need YOU THERE to show them that we care about these issues. See you on Monday, 2-20 and don't forget to WEAR RED FOR PUBLIC ED!
The annual GBEA Careers in Education Scholarship is now open for applications. You can read about it by clicking here.
Read about the proposed constitution change for the GBEA. All members will be asked to vote on it in the coming weeks, please be informed when you vote!
The district has called for impasse. Read the GBEA FAQ response. All GBEA members need to be watching for updates from the GBEA Executive Board and the Bargaining Team.
Thanks to the over 200+ GBEA members who came out to the district school board meeting last night. It was a very strong showing from both the membership and the community!!
Download the February GBEA Newsletter
3 Questions for GBEA members
1) Do you think someone else is going to do the work to get this contract settled?
While we enjoyed two well-supported actions, the Board work session and the initial mediation session, our success depends on each of us stepping up; yes, a little more sacrifice at the end of an exhausting day, to be sure the District is continuously kept aware of our impatience and need for a fair contract. Four of our members stepped up at the local FM store where I was “grading papers”. Your participation is urgently requested. Do what you can.
2) Do you believe that the terms of the District’s proposal will meet your needs for compensation, collaboration, and consideration of your time needs?
It is vitally important that you attend your building meetings, read the information posted on the GBEA website and consider what is really important to you as a teacher and as a tax payer in your community. If your building reps are not forwarding information to you, contact a GBEA officer and ask questions.
3) Have you read your contract?
You know, the one that we have now, that ensures you will be protected from unwarranted discipline, unpaid work, and meetings without end. If you do not read your contract, you will not understand the power and benefit of a negotiated agreement between two working parties. Please, get involved, get informed and support your own future by acting now!
~ Jean Black-Groulx