Are You Sure You’re Ready? #4: The NEA UniServ Program (Still) Matters

NEA’s UniServ Program, created in 1970, was designed to “help establish and maintain effective local affiliates by making professional staff available to provide direct support and assistance to local affiliates and the active members of such affiliates on an on-going basis.”  (-2008 Guidelines for National Education Association UniServ Program) Recent NEA and state EA actions, … Continue reading Are You Sure You’re Ready? #4: The NEA UniServ Program (Still) Matters

Virginia Professional Staff Calls for Sanctions Against Virginia Education Association

The Virginia Professional Staff Association (VPSA) is calling for sanctions against the Virginia Education Association (VEA). The Virginia Education Association has engaged in a pattern of intimidation and escalation of bargaining proposals in the current round of bargaining. Additionally, VEA issued a “last package offer” to the VPSA bargaining team on 2/10/18 more than 6 … Continue reading Virginia Professional Staff Calls for Sanctions Against Virginia Education Association

Are You Sure You’re Ready? #3: The Best Defense is to Win on Offense

“What the fair share burning platform laid bare was an ugly truth: unions are out of touch with the overwhelming majority of their members. Union membership is seen as an obligation, a term of employment, and not a conscious act of joining and belonging to an organization. In spite of years of effort to shift … Continue reading Are You Sure You’re Ready? #3: The Best Defense is to Win on Offense

Are you sure you’re ready? #2: The Imperative of a Great Defense . . .

For the foreseeable future, NSO members will find our Staff Unions under assault as NEA and State Affiliates attempt to cut back and restructure in the face of the Janus threat to fair share, as well as legislative attacks on collective bargaining, payroll deduction, and a host of other union rights and new mandates intended to eliminate … Continue reading Are you sure you’re ready? #2: The Imperative of a Great Defense . . .

Emerging Issues Panel

NSO hosted an Emerging Issues panel on Thursday afternoon to discuss the challenges facing our staff unions. Preparing for contentious bargaining, Janus, the loss of payroll deduction, right to work and other issues were addressed during the panel organized by Kelly Compeau of Pennsylvania. “Surviving is what we do best” Rich Grady said while laying out the issues facing … Continue reading Emerging Issues Panel

A great start for the 2018 NSO WAR College!

NSO’s 2018 Winter Advocacy “United to Meet Our Challenges and Opportunities” kicked off to a great start on Thursday morning.  Over 350 NSO members showed up ready to attend sessions so they can gain knowledge and skills to take back home to their staff union.  15 new sessions were added to the session series this … Continue reading A great start for the 2018 NSO WAR College!