September 11, 2017 Council Meeting


Sept. 11, 2017

4:45 PM - 6:30 PM

WEA Sammamish Council Office, Bellevue

Attending: See attached

  1. Call to Order                          
  2. June 2016 Minutes Approval (Motion: Mark Morrow, Second: Erika Navarro-Dix, passed unanimously)
  3. Introductions
    1. New Members:
      1. Mark Schaefer – MIEA President
      2. Kyle Reimergarten – BEA Teacher
    2. Council Board Members
    3. Staff
  4. Discussion:  The year ahead…
    1. Community Outreach Budget (Estimated at ~$60K) – Passed unanimously
      1. Membership Matters Grants - $5 per member, focus for this year
        1. What have locals done to kick start the year with new hires?
          1. New hire breakfast, new hire lunch, new hire dinner. Welcome bags, 1st payday give a payday bar with the TRI pay noted on a sticker
        2. What ideas do locals have to maximize grant money?  Innovative ideas?
          1. Snacks/treats at conference time, release time for one on ones and listening sessions, targeted group listening sessions, union mentors (and stipends to help encourage), “because of your union” stickers with candy
        3. Carry over funds impact
      2. Council role / Local Role how are we supportive, but not redundant?
      3. PD Talks
      4. Noted changes: Membership education and engagement up as the big focus, council lobbying down as this is not a major legislative year.  Read across America also up from $150/building to $200/building.
    2. Closing out of last year’s budget
      1. Fiscal year runs from Sept. 1 – Aug. 31
      2. Line 407 – should be corrected to $1450.42.
      3. Page 5 – Income minus expenses – in the black.
      4. Page 6 – community outreach – income minus expenses – also in the black.
      5. Have 90 day reserve, but discussions still being held on how to address fair share potential concerns upcoming.
    3. Politics
      1. 45th Doorbelling:  October 14, 21, 28
      2. 5% Goal, how do we get there?  How do we build on participation?
      3. Pizza and Politics
      4. Betsy DeVos – Friday October 13th, 5PM – 7PM, Hyatt in Bellevue
      5. Guest:  Manka Dhingra (TBD)
    4. Meeting Calendar
      1. Inclement weather – Council follows Bellevue SD for closures.
    5. Contact Info
  5. Reports
    1. WEA Board Report
      1. Meets this weekend. (Reps – Michele, Mark, Tani)
    2. WEA – Retired
      1. Debby Nissen – goal is to keep supporting WEA.
    3. WEA PAC
      1. Endorsed Rep. Slatter (48th).
      2. Locals can endorse School Board candidates – let Nate know if you want more info.
      3. Reichert – under NEA FCPE
    4. Staff
      1. Chery & Charlotte have absorbed the extra 0.2 FTE that used to be handled by Margie, plus the dues collection that Premera used to do.
      2. Clock Hours work also be done in uniserv councils instead of WEA. 
      3. MIEA and BEA bargains done, double-digit increases.
  6. Action Items
    1. Approve Community Outreach Budget (Passed, See Item IV.a)       

  1. Adjournment: 6:32 PM