By the time you read this article, around 10% of the time to vote in the new recertification elections for the Education Support Professional/Noon Hour Supervisor and Substitute Teachers Bargaining Units will probably already have passed. Voting opened Thursday, May 12th at noon and runs for 20 calendar days, through noon on Wednesday, June 1st.
Fortunately, you can vote 24/7 – from the comfort of your own home – without even moving after you read how below, in fact!
Voting can be done by telephone (toll free at 1-866-458-9861) or online (www.aaaelections.org/WERC). You will need to provide the first four letters of your last name and the last four digits of your social security number. Be sure to confirm your choice for your vote to be counted.
If you did not receive a mailing from the WERC outlining these voting instructions and feel you should have, or if you experience any problem in voting, please call 1-800-529-5218, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or call us here at the KEA (262.654.2127).
Again, please remember that each group will need 51% of all employees in their group to certify the Kenosha Education Association as their certified bargaining agent. It requires that individuals take the step to vote “Yes” on the ballot, as everyone who chooses not to vote will be recorded as a “No.”
We have sent out a mailing to nearly everyone in these units that should be received either this weekend or early next week, and we will have building reps follow up with email an email reminder as well. Nothing, however, is more effective than a personal reminder from you – take a moment when at the lunch table, or before or after the workday, to check in with your colleagues and any substitutes in your building and just ask them if they have taken the 30 seconds or so needed to vote.
If they ask why, remind them of the valuable service the KEA provides, creating a forum in which people can come together to share their needs and concerns, and organize to carry those forward to the Administration and the School Board (see last week’s article on the health insurance premium contribution decision). The Substitute Teachers Concerns Committee has also been contacted by Administration, who are interested in hearing the concerns and suggestions it has identified. While the importance of having access to representation when one has a need cannot be over-emphasized (and would be at risk in a “non-unionized” environment), these added benefits should not be minimized.
We need everyone’s support in this effort. Your active engagement in assuring that enough votes are cast to attain the 51% threshold is truly appreciated.