The Political Engagement Committee is hosting a book study on A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door by Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire over three evenings - January 27th, February 3rd and February 10th. The authors will join the discussion on February 10th! Sign up through Eventbrite for all three dates HERE. We are out of books and will be sending them out to schools before the Christmas break.
The Political Engagement Committee hosted a four part Speakers Series during October and November. If you missed the sessions and would like to watch them, we have uploaded them to our YouTube channel. The link to each session is listed below.
October 7, 2021 - Barbara Madeloni - YouTube link
October 21, 2021 - Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire - YouTube link
November 4, 2021 - Eric Blanc - YouTube link
November 18, 2021 - Panel with all four authors - YouTube link
The goal of this series is to help us build our organizing capacity with a focus on: beating apathy, building relationships, identifying issues, bringing members together and strengthening organizing muscle.
Barbara Madeloni is the former president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, now working on UCORE, a Labor Notes project trying to coordinate teacher union activism in defence of public education nationwide.
Did you miss the two-part zoom series? To access Part 1 click HERE; Part 2, click HERE.
The Political Engagement Committee has developed an Annual Professional Growth Plan Exemplar. Click HERE to access it.
A limited number of DEFEND lawn signs are available. Contact the Local's office (firstname.lastname@example.org; 780-455-2164) to get yours (while quantities last).
The Alberta government wants to remove fund assets from the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund (ATRF) and transfer them to the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). This move would be bad for teachers. The move would not save the government any money, but it could actually cost the fund through lower returns. In response, the ATA has created an online tool for teachers to send a message to their MLA. What you can do: (1) visit www.handsoffmypension.ca and use the form to write to your MLA. The ATA has also prepared a Frequently Asked Questions about the Proposed Pension Change.
The Provincial ATA has launched an MLA letter writing campaign to engage members and inform MLAs of teachers' concerns around issues of class size and complexity. The ATA has mailed out pads of blank letters to be used by teachers to write personal letters to their MLAs. A copy of the template is available HERE. If you require more pads or have questions, please contact the Provincial ATA (email@example.com).
Visit the EPSB website for more information on your school board trustees.
The Alberta Teachers' Association (including its Locals) does not endorse political parities or candidates and maintains strict political non-alignment. The Association does encourage teachers, as citizens, to be active in politics and to consider joining a political party and working to achieve important causes.
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