Political 411 Steward Council Meeting October 20, 2011
What to Expect- Session 2012 • Redistricting, redistricting and more redistricting • Tweaks to SB 736- “Teacher Quality” Bill • More Budget Cuts • More Attacks on Class Size • More Changes to Retirement Benefits • More attacks on Unions and working people
2012 Legislative Priorities • FUNDING FOR EDUCATION • SB 736 • Class Size • Collective Bargaining • Retirement • Redistricting
Survey Says…. • A survey was conducted of the bargaining unit • Member responses only were considered
Top 5 Member Priorities Based on Survey Average Answer Based on scale of 1-11 Education Funding for Salary and Benefits 2.5 Modification of SB-736 (3 issues TIED) 4.0 Protecting my Collective Bargaining Rights 4.9 Restoring my Retirement Benefit 4.9 Class Size 5.1
Other Survey Responses The other survey questions were essay and short answer based. We will be analyzing these responses and preparing informational bulletins for legislators. We will also post the summary on the Web.
What Do You Think? • Locate the legislative priorities draft at your table. • Work with others at your table to rank the below legislative priorities 1 - 6 (1 being the most important and 6 being least important). • Use comment space for additional comments. • If there any priorities discussed not listed here, list them on the last page.
Membership Action Plan Week of 10/24/11- • Watch for an email with the final copy of the 2012 Legislative Priorities. • Get 3 volunteers to commit to visiting your schools Legislator in November/December to discuss Legislative Priorities while they are home on off Committee Weeks (Weeks of Nov 7, 21 and 29, Dec 12. • Schedule an appointment with your school’s legislator for one of those off committee weeks. • October 26,2011 - Attend the MDCPS/PTA/PTSA Legislative Forum @ Ronald Reagan Senior High 8600 Northwest 107th Avenue, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Week of 10/31/11- • Hold a Unit meeting to call to discuss 2012 Legislative Priorities (talking points will be provided when final draft is posted). • Use 10 minutes at staff meeting to give Bargaining and FRS and SB 736 lawsuit updates and membership pitch (script provided on back). • Encourage participation in the Bargaining Survey that is currently posted on the UTD web page. Week of 11/7/11- • Off Committee Week- Visit your schools legislator to discuss UTD Legislative Priorities. • November 7th- Tentative MDCPS/PTA/PTSA Legislative Forum@ Miami Palmetto Senior High, 7460 SW 118 Street Pinecrest, FL 33156 6:30-8:00 PM • November 8, 2011- - Attend the MDCPS/PTA/PTSA Legislative Forum@ Michael Krop Senior, 1410 Northeast 215th Street, 6:30-8:00 PM • Interested in joining the Legislative Committee? Join us for the first meeting on 11/10/11. Contact Karyn@utd.org to RSVP. Week of 11/14/11- • If your team visited your schools legislator this month, complete survey for summary of legislative visit online at www.UTD.org.
MDCPS/PTA/PTSA Legislative Forum Opportunities • October 26,2011 @ Ronald Reagan Senior High 8600 Northwest 107th Avenue, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Senator Rene Garcia Representative Erik Fresen Representative Eddie Gonzalez Representative Jeanette Nunez • November 8, 2011 @Michael Krop Senior, 1410 Northeast 215th Street,6:30-8:00 PM Senator Braynon Representative Campbell Representative Julian Representative Stafford Representative Steinberg