This last weekend, several West Hartford teachers attended the annual CEA RA in Hartford. I want to take a moment to publicly thank those teachers and to quickly explain what the R.A. is.
If you see any of the following teachers today, please take a moment to thank them for their service. Theresa McKeown, Michelle Lacroix, Tom Devine, Marilyn Tracy, Joyce Bogdan, Lillian Rausch, Eric Feeney, Marcelo Pelliccioni, David Dippolino, and myself spent about 5 hours on Friday after school and about 6 or 7 hours on Saturday at the Hartford Convention Center.
R.A. stands for representative assembly. If you picture a session of congress or a delegate convention, then you have a good idea of what an R.A. is. About 400 CEA members from across the state gathered to discuss, debate, and vote on a wide range of issues. Elections for CEA take place at the R.A. as well and we elected the CEA treasurer, secretary, and Ethnic Affairs Director for the next two years.
This year the conference will be from August 1st through 3rd
It is held at Mohegan Sun and is free to any member.
There are always a number of excellent workshops offered. There are two new workshops available this year- Building Rep Training and Organizing Against the Workplace Bully. Other training opportunities include: Beginning Negotiations, Advanced Negotiations, Grievance Processing, Organizing to Build Power, and PDEC training (PLEC in WeHa).
If you would like to become a building rep, this is a great opportunity to have fun and learn about your role. If you are on the PLEC committee and would like to learn more about state laws related to TeVal and how Teval is being done in other districts, please consider this. If you are concerned about the constant attacks on labor unions around the country and want to help the WHEA to be a stronger organization, please consider attending. Or if you simply want to become more involved in the WHEA and CEA, come on down.
Simply email me to state your interest and I will get you registered. More info on this conference will be available soon on the CEA website.