OEA’s Union School Powerful Locals program
These are challenging times for education professionals and our local associations. There are fewer resources, more expectations and more problematic regulations facing our public schools and community colleges. The result: overworked teachers, faculty and support professionals facing overcrowded classrooms, unmanageable caseloads and the stress associated with trying to meet student needs. Local Associations in both K-12 and Community Colleges are faced with continual bargaining with underfunded school districts and colleges. Local union leaders find fewer members actively involved in local union activities.
The Powerful Locals program, an initiative of OEA’s Strategic Action Program, is now beginning and new program year. In 2012-13, the Powerful Locals program worked with 16 locals to create new statements of purpose for locals, develop strategic goals and to assess resources and educational needs to execute those goals. For 2013-14, the OEA Union School is now soliciting applications from locals interested in being one of the 15-18 in the next Powerful Locals program.
OEA’s Powerful Locals program will provide training, support and collaboration to help locals develop effective strategies to overcome these challenges. The program is designed to assist each local leadership team in finding the best mix of education, training, and strategy that will help transform the locals into what they believe a more strategic, powerful, member-driven union should be.
Applications for the 2013-2014 program are now being accepted. Download the application here.