I hope this message finds you in good spirits and excited about the new academic year. We’ve all made it through the first week of the semester, and Gateway is starting to buzz with activity. GTEA is no exception as we have several new and ongoing initiatives. This email is rather long because there is much to report!
Jay Johnson continues as President for his second year of a two-year term, and I have assumed the President Elect position. Jay and I will be working together closely as the year progresses. Check your campus mailboxes next week as Jay will be sending you a special message.
First, please take a minute to familiarize yourself with GTEA’s 2015-2016 elected Leadership:
President: Jay Johnson
President-Elect: Suzanne Sublette
Treasurer: Jason Gerber
Secretary: Nicole Gusjafson Binger
Membership Coordinator: Miriam Perales-Handley
Elkhorn/Burlington Senior Rep: Ken Haling
Racine/iMET Senior Rep: Peter Pham
Kenosha/Horizon/Lakeview Senior Rep: Allen Pearson
Elkhorn/Burlington Rep: Deborah Hankel
Racine/iMET Reps: Raquel Palacios, Rosalva Santana, Mike Duprey
Kenosha/Horizon/Lakeview Rep: Dean Greve
Please do not hesitate to approach any of us in Leadership if you have questions or concerns.
Secondly, take note of all that is New and Noteworthy!
Jason Gerber, Treasurer of GTEA, was elected Treasurer of Region 8! In addition to those duties, Jason is our WEAC liaison and is presently working with our state-wide colleagues to craft a response regarding the potential merger of WTCS and UW Colleges.
Our long-time WEAC/Region 8 Director, Leigh Barker, retired in June after decades of service. Although we will miss her dearly, we are excited to now be working with Andy Lyons, the new Region 8 Director.
Suzanne Sublette, President Elect, received a Fellowship from the NEA’s Emerging Leader’s Academy. Only 20 NEA members were awarded this fellowship after a nation-wide search, and she serves as the only representative from Wisconsin in this year’s cadre. She took part in a week-long training session in July at NEA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In November, Suzanne will join the other Fellowship recipients for a whole week of Union organizing and communication-improvement activities at the University of Central Florida and Seminole College in Orlando.
Employee Learning Day Break-Out Session! For the first time in several years, GTEA will host its own Break-Out Session. Hosted by GTEA President Jay Johnson and Secretary Nicole Gusjafson Binger, we will discuss the role of GTEA now and moving forward. Bring your questions and concerns.
Wednesday, September 23: GTEA Member and Non-Member Social- 4:00 PM-7:00 PM- Casa Capri in Kenosha. We will meet for food, drinks, and information-sharing directly after the Employee Learning Day activities conclude. All members of the bargaining unit are encouraged to attend. I will send out an email requesting your RSVP toward the end of next week so we can have a headcount.
October 1: GTEA Membership Drive. Between May 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015, GTEA Membership grew by almost 10%. This high rate of growth, occurring over the summer months and unsolicited by GTEA, was unprecedented since the advent of Act 10. GTEA has decided to build on that momentum and hold a Membership Drive.
There’s much more to come, so please attend the upcoming Social on Employee Learning Day to learn more. And don’t forget to be on the look-out for Jay Johnson’s message to you next week!