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Bargaining and Beyond: Creating change for justice and equity

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Bargaining and Beyond: Creating change for justice and equity
Saturday, Jan. 30
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year our focus is on creating change for justice and equity. We will look at ways to engage members and our communities to take charge and implement educator-led solutions that work for our students and our schools. Participants will be able to attend two elective sessions focused on current issues. Our two keynote speakers will talk about how the work we do at the bargaining table and beyond help us to advocate and make change. Join us as we look for ways to build power through innovative strategies that allow us to fight for our students, schools, and communities.

Myert-CruzBrandon HerseyThe conference keynote speakers are Brandon Hersey, a WEA member, and Seattle School Board member, and Cecily Myart-Cruz, president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles.

Hersey is a teacher in Federal Way who will share about his path to expanding his influence beyond his role as a classroom teacher and onto the Seattle School Board expanding his commitment to addressing racial, social, and economic justice. His story will highlight the importance of being active in local politics to make change in our communities.

As a teacher, activist and first woman of color to be UTLA-NEA President, Myart-Cruz has worked with school-site leaders to build protests, community walks, and community forums that prevented school giveaways and included key stakeholder voices. Myart-Cruz’s story will introduce WEA to the power of Bargaining for the Common Good in bringing about change in partnership with our communities.  

The elective sessions will allow participants to dive into a focused topic for 90 minutes. Participants will explore ways that they can organize and bargain around that specific issue and empower members to take action. Read about the electives.

Register for the free, WEA-member only conference.

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