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Regular RC Meeting, Summer Planning Meeting, scheduled for August 25, 2011.:

,  If you wish to have an item considered for the agenda, contact Mark Hoffman and 692-4530
              or email him at markhoffman@wideopenwest.com

Regular EC Meeting:

EC meetings will be held on as needed basis.  Check this site for more information.  On an experimental basis, EC Meetings can be held on-line.

Region IIB Coordinating Council Meeting:


MEA Region 2 Meeting:

The Region 2 meeting of the MEA will be held 6:00 p.m. at the Fellows Creek Golf Club, 2936 Lotz Rd., Canton, MI.  For more information call  (313) 381-5100.

TEA General Membership Meetings

The TEA holds two general membership meetings per year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.  There is a General Membership meeting scheduled for June 1, 2011 at the UAW hall in Woodhaven.

MESSA enrollment meeting August 31, 4:00 to 6:00

As part of our new contract, TEA members will be insured through MESSA for medical insurance.  This is a change from the district's former policy of "self insuring" our members.  For the new insurance to take effect as soon as possible in the school year, TEA members need to enroll for coverage by August 31, 2011.  The new policy can then take effect 30 days later, or October 1, 2011.

There will be an enrollment meeting after school at the UAW hall in Woodhaven to explain the process and allow members to fill out and hand in paperwork.  MESSA representatives will be in attendance to assist in the process.

MESSA will be providing sandwiches and refreshments for the meeting.

    TEA members or their spouses.

What to Bring:
    Social Security Numbers for all family members to be enrolled.

    Woodhaven UAW hall, 22693 Van Horn Rd, Woodhaven.  Map Link

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.

Information about MESSA is available on their web site at www.messa.org.  You can call member services at 1-800-336-0013.  Their address is 1475 Kendale Blvd. P.O. Box 2560, East Lansing, MI 48826-2560


Negotiation News:

In voting on August 24, 2011 that used new methods to reach out to all association members, the TEA has accepted a new contract with the Trenton Board of Education.  In a speech delivered to the Board of Education at a special meeting to accept the contract, District Director Mark Hoffman thanked the people who worked hard on this contract.  For text of the full speech follow this link to the District Director's page of this web site.

Keep an eye on your e-mail!

You may have noticed that a lot more Union information is coming via email.  Take a minute and read each one, they hold important updates and news from state and national sources that can affect your career now and in the future.  If you haven't been getting the email updates, contact your building rep and give them your email address, the non trenton.k12.mi.us one of course.  If you don't have one, Google, Hotmail and Yahoo all offer free email addresses with the user name of your choice (pretty much).  Just visit the site of your choice and sign up today.  For your convenience we have linked the names above with the email sign up page.

Update on Dues

TO:          TEA Members
FROM:      Laura Trosien
                  TEA Executive Council
                  TEA Representative Council
DATE:       March 1, 2010
RE:           Wayne County Dues

Our current union dues structure includes an amount of $35 per year, per member for our (prior) membership in WC.  Subsequent to our withdrawal from WC on December 9, 2009, your local union leadership has had many meetings and discussions on how to proceed with that deduction and payment. 

According to our TEA Constitution and By-Laws, Article IV, Section A and F of our By-Laws states the following:

A.  United Professional Dues shall consist of the total of Local, State, and National dues.  Local dues shall be recommended by the Representative Council and approved by the membership and added to the State and National dues.

F.  The annual local dues may be raised or lowered by vote of the membership only.  Voting shall be by secret ballot and administered by the Representative Council.

With a vote of your Representative Council, on February 23, 2010, it was decided to continue the current (WC) dues deduction, as is, for the 09-10 school year (making no change for now).  We do have a pro-rated bill from WC for a portion of the 09-10 school year that must be paid and several other expenses, including (but not limited to) a Chief Negotiator stipend, crisis expenses, negotiation team training, Chief Negotiator training during this round of bargaining and will apply these monies to offset those expenses.   

The Executive and Representative Councils will continue to have discussion on these dues monies and will have a plan, decision, and/or vote for the membership prior to the end of the school year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Trosien, TEA Treasurer at ltrosien@hotmail.com or Darlene Strasser at dstrasser69@hotmail.com




Strength In Unity


Sick Bank request procedures finalized

The Sick Bank committee has finalized the Sick Bank procedures. The complete procedures are available as a download at this link: Sick Bank Procedures.  The application form for the sick bank needs to be submitted to Sue Yee and the form is available at this link: Sick Bank Request Form. These documents are in Adobe Acrobat format. RTF format files are available here: Procedures      Request.  

The Sick Bank is an unique Union benefit where all union members donate sick days to allow union members with illnesses that require them to be off work beyond their own accumulated sick time to draw on this resource to maintain their income during their illness.  All uses of the Sick Bank require a timely application form, and documentation from a physician.  Applications can be obtained from your Association Representative or from the link above.  Consult with your Association Rep if you feel you need days from the Sick Bank.

Union Documents to be e-mailed.

In an effort to decrease printing and distribution costs, union documents will be emailed to the extent possible.  Please check your email for important union documents.  Members are urged to establish an email address that does not use the school district's email system.  Free email accounts are available from Yahoo, Google, and Hot Mail.  Please remember that email accounts are not secure and private.  Anything sent via email is open to examination by any computer that it passes through on its way to its destination.  Email is not considered "private" by the courts and can be opened without warrant.  Never send any private information via email.

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