Friends,

Here is the latest in negotiations, and other areas for you to be aware of.

Negotiations: We are at the table with the BOSC Negotiations Committee, although we did not schedule a next meeting at our last session. We continue to fight for your rights and working conditions as well as your compensation. The last meeting held at the beginning of November did not produce any results for either side. 

School Year ’19-’20: There are many recommendations coming at the Manchester School District. This is the time to be vocal. We are the educators who provide direct instruction to our students, and know best what they need.

MEA has nominated two members to the Reading Committee. We are awaiting the list of the Superintendent’s nominated members. They should be starting shortly as the plan is to have a recommendation by early spring.

As you know, the latest report regarding educator attendance was made public. Interestingly, it was not made public by District leadership, nor MEA leadership. Despite the underhanded way it got to the UL, it was published. It is good to read this information, so you know why the Board keeps bringing up the Paid Time Off proposal. Please know that  MEA will only defend the process of investigating issues in attendance. We will not defend the actions of anyone who is violating the contract.

Anyone wishing to attend the NEA-NH Delegate Assembly must fill out a nomination form with your building representative before the December meeting. The DA will be held in March, in Nashua.

Please remember that if you intend to retire at the end of this school year, or up to December 31 of the next year, and you will qualify for the retirement package, submit your form to HR by December 31, 2019. The form can be found in your Drive.

In Solidarity,

Sue