Sure, the Democratic and Republican party conventions are over and Fall Primary Election Day is next week, August 9. Summer School has ended in most districts. Some of us have already been back in our classrooms setting up for the new school year. Lesson planning never stops, but for many of us it is now taking on greater urgency.
Still, summer is not over. Let’s not rush it. No, it is not too late for you to get involved in your union’s summer organizing activities!
Seriously though, if you have waited until now to get involved, you are arriving at just the right time. With help from Region 6 leaders and staff, all of our locals are planning their back-to-school membership recruitment drives and putting together organizing and advocacy plans for the 2016-17 school year. The specifics of these plans depend on what each local and its community need. Some locals are choosing to focus heavily on school board elections or school referendum efforts. Other locals are making plans for how to work more closely with parents, non-profit organizations and other unions on their students’ behalf. Many locals are putting renewed effort into building power by finding better ways to communicate and share information with members and colleagues.
Whatever your priority or talent happens to be, the way to get involved is to get in touch with your local union’s elected leaders and tell them what you can do. You can also make plans to attend the union’s back-to-school meetings for members and potential members. Most importantly of all, talk to your colleagues about the union and why you joined. Encourage them to contact local leaders or the Region 6 office if they have questions you can’t answer.
If you or your colleagues want to advocate for students, public education and your profession, you can start immediately by going to the Take Action section of the WEAC.org website. The site is an excellent resource for learning more about the issues, and it makes it easy for you to write to your elected officials and local newspapers.
Reach out to your local leaders or contact the Region 6 office today. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 1-800-397-2287. We will help you get the most out of your summer.
President of WEAC Region 6