A note from Mary, e-chalk

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Mary Lindquist



June 19, 2013

Thank you!

Wow! The last six years have flown by for me and now it is time to say goodbye. I finish my tenure as WEA president in a few short days at the end of the National Education Association Representative Assembly July 6.

The privilege and responsibility of representing you, the more than 80,000 higher education faculty, counselors, teachers, paraprofessionals, librarians and support staff, will belong to Kim Mead. A strong advocate for our professions and an energetic leader for our Association, she will lead our Association with integrity, intelligence and passion.

The real strength of our organization, however, does not come from a single person. Our strength lies in our membership. In every corner and in every community of this state, we are the people who dedicate our working lives to make a better future for our students. No one cares more for those students, except for their parents, than you do.

Thank you for the work you do every day which builds our parents' confidence in us. Thank you for the support you give to your Association to make it more responsive to your needs.

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time over the last six years to respond to my e-chalk musings with your thoughts and concerns. I have enjoyed the exchanges immensely. And, engaging with you has made me a better leader.

I leave with one huge regret. The promise of our state's constitution to provide an amply funded system of public education for each and every child remains elusive. My one request of you is to keep up the fight.

I do believe, with continued effort, we will force this state to fulfill its paramount duty to our students. The pressure is mounting. And we must not back down.

So, take some time this summer to recover, recharge and refresh yourselves. Come back rested and ready to continue the fight. Our students are counting on us!



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sharmane e matthew
February 13, 2013
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i definately agree that people seem to forget, it's freedom of speech and if they target one, they will target anyone who has the integrity to stand up to anyone that disagrees with them~union busting is their goal, standing up uniting should be ours~people don't realize that THEY have the power, not a few people in politics~wake up people, UNITE, and stop being whimps~~

Sharon Lewis
February 08, 2013
Votes: +1
Workplace bullying of teachers by administrators

I would like to see this issue addressed by Washington Education Association, as skilled veteran teachers and new teachers are being exposed to this type of treatment. It is demoralizing, causes skilled teachers to leave their positions, causes new teachers to leave the profession and causes serious health problems for the target of the bullying.
I have observed that union representatives do not know how to effectively help targeted teachers, which leads to more opportunity for this behavior by administrators to continue. I would like to see all teachers made aware of tactics which are used so that they may take immediate steps to stop the situation and continue to teach in a healthy work environment.

ken Wortley
April 09, 2012
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MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN WASHINGTON

I am wondering if the WEA and its membership will bring to the floor a vote to support WASHINGTON STATE MARRIAGE EQUALITY? I would like to see it come to the floor for discussion and vote

Bob Schroeder
March 11, 2012
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Wea selectd dependent verification team

What is this? Why does the Wea have anything to do with my medical? Why do I have to prove I have a wife? Maybe its time to find out what the Wea is really doing. Bob Schroeder Moses Lake High School

Demo
March 04, 2012
Votes: +1
AAA

The ideological beliefs of these 9 “so-called” Democratic Senators voting to pass 2ESHB1443, is in stark contrast with the core, fundamental and foundational beliefs upon which the Democratic Party was founded. Their ideology in pushing and promoting this cruel and heavy-handed measure is more in line with that of the GOP philosophy.

Therefore, I assume these 9 Democratic Senators are either retiring after their current term expires or are switching parties because in essence and reality, they’ve trampled upon those who supported them the most. No more! I promise that I will work within the election processes to the best of my ability during upcoming elections to ensure that these 9 individuals will never again be elected to public office!!! In my view, these individuals are “turn-coats” and don’t deserve the honor of being considered a Democrat.

Doug Nebel
April 23, 2011
Votes: +1
There is bi-partisan opposition to HB 1443 in the House Chamber!!!

I just heard from Republican Jim McCune via email. He is staunchly opposed to HB 1443 with the amendments the turncoat Democrats in the Senate attached. He said that it didn't make it to the floor for a vote yesterday and will be further debated in committee in the extended legislative session. We need to keep the pressure on folks! We should be marching on the state capital NOW prior to any more votes being cast. We should be joining forces with other unions across the state and march on Olympia to oppose these draconian bills/proposals which attack collective bargaining rights! McCune is not the lone Republican supporting our efforts. We need to keep writing "ALL" members of the House, both Republicans and Democrats. Keep writing and put on the marching shoes! WEA needs to take a more aggressive lead in putting together a march on Olympia. The teachers in my building are more than ready!!!

Marlene
April 20, 2011
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Get rid of democrats in name only

I know for a fact that Rodney Tom is a quasi democrat who switches parties depending on the political winds. Tim Sheldon is a republican in democrat's clothing. These two need to go immediately. This is war. We need to get our children, our cousins, our friends to get fired up and recall these anti-worker shills. Everyone who reads this blog needs to go to Olympia at least once this legislative session. What's left of the middle class needs to rise up and defend our right to a decent living, and smaller classroom sizes. The students will end up being the losers.

Doug Nebel
April 16, 2011
Votes: +1
Vote Out Turncoat Democrats

As a lifelong active Democrat, and one who has served as a legislative aide to a Democratic U.S. Senator in D.C, and worked tirelessly on numerous U.S. Senatorial and 2 Presidential campaigns at a senior advisory level; I was shocked at the sneaky, sleazy way Senator Tom attached his amendment to 2ESHB1443. In reality, this is an extreme, heavy handed attack upon teachers as it changes how RIFs are conducted in school districts, and promotes excessive measures affecting teacher pay scale and strips away the consideration of experience!

I would venture to guess that Senator Tom and his eight Democratic cohorts voting in favor of this draconian measure did quite well throughout “their” educational experiences in Washington state under the current methods for considering RIFs and teacher pay!!! While the Democratic Senators in Wisconsin took courageous, noteworthy action to protect the interests of the working men and women in their state, including teachers; Senator Tom and Senators Kastama, Hargrove, Haugen, Hobbs, Kline, Rockefeller, Sheldon, Shin, betrayed the trust of many of those who both worked to get them elected and voted for them. This is unbelievable!!!

The ideological beliefs of these 9 “so-called” Democratic Senators voting to pass 2ESHB1443, is in stark contrast with the core, fundamental and foundational beliefs upon which the Democratic Party was founded. Their ideology in pushing and promoting this cruel and heavy-handed measure is more in line with that of the GOP philosophy.

Therefore, I assume these 9 Democratic Senators are either retiring after their current term expires or are switching parties because in essence and reality, they’ve trampled upon those who supported them the most. No more! I promise that I will work within the election processes to the best of my ability during upcoming elections to ensure that these 9 individuals will never again be elected to public office!!! In my view, these individuals are “turn-coats” and don’t deserve the honor of being considered a Democrat.

jim mclean
April 13, 2011
Votes: +0
senate budget is bipartisan...but i think the repblicans wrote the dammmmm thing.

smilies/grin.gifsmilies/angry.gif i wish the senate demos would write their own budget. is bipartisan worth it if you sell your soul like the senate demos.smilies/shocked.gif i guess with the paycut there will be 3 per cent less school days....

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