Missouri NEA Kari Estes, UniServ Director
Who are We? • Local • State • National • Education Professionals • Teachers, Students, Retired, Support Staff, College Professors
What do we do? • Professional Organization • Union • Advocates A teacher’s working conditions are a student’s learning conditions.
Where are we located? • Affiliates in all 50 states • Puerto Rico • Military bases abroad • Missouri NEA has 6 offices
When did we begin? • NEA founded in 1857 by 43 teachers (was first called the NTA) • 1870 NTA name changed to NEA • Missouri was one of the founding states of the NEA - called the MSTA • 1970 creation of the NEA UniServ Program • 1972 MSTA rejected unification and passed a constitutional amendment that disaffiliated any MSTA local that required unified membership • 1973 NEA disaffilates the MSTA and the Missouri NEA is created by a handful of teachers from about a dozen school districts
Why do we exist? • Our Mission: Uniting and empowering public education advocates to shape the future of education • MNEA Core Values • Public Education and Students • Member Driven Organization • Member Advocacy A teacher’s working conditions are a student’s learning conditions.
The Benefits of Membership • Professional Growth • Advocacy Organization • Legal Services • Economic Advantages • National Association
National Association • http://www.nea.org/index.html • National issues • ESEA aka NCLB • IDEA • Social Security • Vouchers • Tenure • Merit Pay
Professional Growth • www.mnea.org • Classrooms and Kids • Teaching and Learning • NEA Grants • Read Across America • Conferences • Networking
Member’s Only Site • http://www.memberweb.com/memberweb2K1/main2K1.asp • Economic advantages • Leaders Updates • Tools you can use
Legal Services • Professional staff assistance • EEL Program • $4 million in liability coverage • Civil suits • Criminal charges • ULSP Program • Division of Family Services • Probationary teacher non-renewal • Tenure teacher contract termination • Other contract or legal issues • Attorney Referral Program
Advocacy Organization • Legislative • http://www.mnea.org/capitol/ • http://www.nea.org/lac/highered/index.html • Political Action • No dues dollars are used for political contributions! Separate, Additional, Voluntary • Candidate screening based on education issues only • Locally
The Independence Decision • 1945 - Missouri Constitution • “That employees shall have the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing." Article 1, Section 29 • 1947 - Springfield v Clouse • Excludes public employees • 1965 - 105.500 • Meet and confer • 1982 - Sumpter v Moberly • Meet and confer not binding Overturned Overturned
The Independence Decision • Public employees have right to bargain • Don’t have to agree, if they do, binding contract • Strikes still illegal • Bargaining Framework • Created by Legislature • By Districts • Inherent in CB • Exclusive, elected representative • Good faith • Duty of fair representation
Bargaining Laws K-12 Teachers No Bargaining Law But Limited Bargaining Takes Place No Bargaining Law HI PR STATUS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS * Bargaining Law In NM Was Not Renewed In 1999 AK NH MT ND VT WA MN ME WI SD OR MA ID WY MI NY RI IA NE IL PA IN OH CT NV UT CO KS WV NJ MO CA KY VA DE OK TN NC MD AZ NM* AR SC MS AL GA TX LA FL NEA COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND MEMBER ADVOCACY (AS OF APRIL 2003)
Bargaining Law Covering Education Support Professionals No Bargaining Law HI PR STATUS OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: FOR EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS AK NH MT ND VT WA MN ME WI SD OR MA ID WY MI NY RI IA NE IL PA IN OH CT NV UT CO KS WV NJ MO CA KY VA DE OK TN NC MD AZ NM AR SC MS AL GA TX LA FL NEA COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND MEMBER ADVOCACY (AS OF APRIL 2003)
What’s the Difference? • MSTA filed a “friend of the court” brief jointly with the Missouri Council of School Administrators before the Missouri Supreme Court opposing the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other public school personnel. • MSTA does not have the funding or the resources to give proper representation to members. • http://www.mnea.org/news/Ind_SupremeCourt.htm
MSTA’s Brief • Teachers and school employees might try to negotiate about…
The Differences are Important • MSTA believes that allowing the experts (you!) that work in our schools to bargain on these subjects would mean that “…the focus will move from acting in the best interest of students…” (p. 36). • By contrast, Missouri NEA believes in the judgment and commitment of the experts (you!) that work in our schools. These experts are exactly the right people to keep the focus on what is best for students.
What do you think? • If you believe that the experts (you the teachers) need to have a legitimate voice in decision-making, • If you believe that having a binding contract is a right of professionals, Then, collective bargaining is the process by which these experts have shared decision-making with the local school board on local issues.
Which Would you Choose? • Which Association can better work with teachers to bargain and advocate for a fair workplace? • The Association that fought to get those rights and has believed in them all along? The association who has representatives right there with you when you need them in a meeting? OR • The Association that never believed in bargaining and fought to keep those rights from teachers? The Association that says, “I’m sorry, there is nothing we can do.”