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Our empowerment slate, along with other ROC leaders, developed training for REA including "Race and Our Union," "History of Unionism," and "Unionism 101". However, the trainings were only offered to select building members despite members of the Slate advocating they be opened to our full membership.
As part of our union dues, REA could access the password protected website NEA360 to allow members to connect on common issues, share their workload with job-alike partners, and to organize in solidarity
Julianna spearheaded the process for bringing REA into the MLK Labor Council through comprehensive research, organizing a presentation to Rep. Council, and making the motion that was approved by Rep. Council. She and Natasha now both serve as REA delegates to this counsel.
Through the Slate's work in ROC, REA compiled a list of wellness resources to support members in managing stress and self-care while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Our union leadership can train and support members to hold listening sessions with our students and families to help build understanding, support, and collaboration on the issues important to both parties.
Rainier Educators of Color Network (RECN) would be well positioned to support our new REA Equity team but current leadership is reluctant to connect with them directly. With 2 slate members actively involved with RECN's core team, RECN's success with community listening sessions, supporting building equity teams, and recruiting/mentoring educators of color their support could be a game-changer for our REA equity team.
We can hold regular union organized listening sessions with our school board members. This would give us to opportunity to proactively share all our successes and needs with them directly.
Melissa and Natasha are among the few RSD teachers already teaching students in our buildings, giving them first-hand knowledge of the fidelity with which protocols/routines are implemented for everyone's safety.
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