Update from Margaret Chaney - President
(Jan. 30, 2023)
TEA ELECTIONS: Congratulations to our new 2023-2025 Executive Team: Jim Bryne – President; Dan Ireland – Vice President; Christy Sainz - Secretary; & Linda Lyon - Treasurer (uncontested)! The coming year will no doubt have its challenges and we wish you all the best as you come together to continue to find solutions and better work conditions for all. Thank you members for participating in a hotly contested election process. We hope that you will continue to vote in TEA elections for the Consensus agreement and of course the district wide vote for the 301 plan once those documents are ready. We will keep you posted!
Contracts: Some of you are still looking for your updated contract agreement emails for this school year that were being sent out by HR. If you still have not received one please send an email to HR, ER@tusd1.org and cc your TEA Area Director so that we can keep track of what still needs to be done. Step corrections should be finalized by February 10th with a payout by February 24th.
Certified contracts for school year 23/24 are due to come out between February 20th – 22nd. You will have 2 work weeks to sign and return them. TEA is starting negotiations with the district soon, so these contracts will not reflect any increases that may still be negotiated.
Temporary & probationary contracts for next school year should have already gone out.
ESSER Contracts: While ESSER funding is gone, there is good news – Dr Trujillo has asked the school board to continue as many ESSER supplementary positions as possible last Tuesday. The Board vote was unanimously in favor as they understand the need to keep positions wherever possible! Our partnership with the school board helps them understand that this cannot just be a numbers game – student and employee well being are at stake and we must continue to work toward better relationships within our sites and better resources for our students. This is a true WIN!
Retirement: If you are planning to retire this year and have been employed by the district for over 10 years, it is in your best interest to complete the paper work by February 1st, 2023 so that you will get the appropriate sick leave payout. Also, please attend the AEA retirement webinar on January 31st at 5:30PM. Your site rep should have more information on how to sign up.
DIT Season is coming: The DIT (district initiated transfers) process for the next school year is scheduled for April 14th – May 19th. You should be notified if you are DIT’d by your principal by April 1st . Please note, they should seek people who volunteer first and this should be announced to ALL faculty. Classified DIT’s will be April 10th – April 28th. It is imperative that projected student counts for the fall be as close as possible to avoid the Fall Equalization process which can result in another round of employee transfers well after the school year has begun. Please assist in any way you can in order to help make the count accurate.
JOB FAIRS: TUSD Job Fairs will be held January 30th & February 1st & March 11th. The Arizona Department of Ed will hold a job fair on February 4th. We are very low on Exceptional Education (Special Ed) teachers and TA’s in addition to shortages in various subject matter. TEA is doing all it can to retain employees by addressing salaries and wages and work conditions. If you know of someone who is interested in this noble profession please ask them to apply and tell them about TEA’s work to help improve our district.
Delegate & Representative Assemblies: TEA will be fortunate to send over 40 delegates to Phoenix the Friday before Mother’s Day to the annual statewide assembly of Delegates! This gathering is brought together so that the needs of our state can be heard and responded to at the National Assembly in July. You do not need to have experience to attend the Assembly – you only need to be committed to improving our state and local organizations for our membership. If you are interested, or know someone who is – please look for the pledge to serve forms on our website in the next few weeks.
Thank you all for all the work you do as members of the LARGEST COMBINED LOCAL in the STATE!!
TEA Member Benefits seminar with Antonio Galindo: Join us January 31st at 5PM via ZOOM to learn how your union membership can help you save time money on everyday expenses and help stretch your paycheck. From travel discount, online discounts, student loan debt navigator and much more.
For a short link to join the presentation click here: https://bit.ly/3XTauCF
To get an early start on your savings scan the code to register on the website. You only need the email address on file with TEA to start the savings.
SO YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT RETIRING?
VIRTUAL: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 5:30 PM on Zoom
Join your union for an in-person conversation to learn about what life after retirement can look like. Connect with other educators who are thinking about retiring OR have retired.
Learn more about the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) from others who have first-hand experience: differences between defined benefit and defined contribution; how pensions are calculated, funded, and paid; how and when to apply.
The 31st session is virtual via zoom! Be sure to download zoom before the session starts!
2023 AEA ESP CONFERENCE
The ESP Conference is designed to support our ESPs in growing their leadership potential, enhancing knowledge and skills to build school and community partnerships, and in learning to organize and build stronger local associations with the ESP voice at the center in positively impacting student and worksite success.
La Conferencia ESP está diseñada para ayudar a nuestros ESP a crecer su potencial de liderazgo, mejorar el conocimiento y las habilidades para construir asociaciones escolares y comunitarias, y aprender a organizar y construir asociaciones locales más fuertes con la voz ESP en el centro para impactar positivamente el éxito de los estudiantes y el lugar de trabajo.
Please share this opportunity with your members.
2023 AEA ESP Conference
February 17-18, 2023
Friday, February 17 5:30-8:00 PM
Saturday, February 18 9 AM-3 PM
Location: Arizona Education HQ
345 E Palm Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Includes Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast & lunch. Lodging included (double occupancy) for members who live 100 miles or more away from AEA headquarters.
Tucson Education Association President