As a key component of OEA's Strategic Action Plan, the Powerful Locals Pilot Program is off and running. In October, 16 local associations from all corners of the state (representing K-12 teachers, education support professionals and community college faculty) were selected to participate in the Pilot Locals program. The program, under the direction of OEA's Union School, is providing education, training and support to local leadership teams, and working with locals to identify, recruit, train and engage members in core union areas.
Recently, teams from all of the Pilot Locals gathered in Eugene for their first two-day Convocation. The gathering allowed members, leaders and staff to look at the political, economic and historical context of the labor movement, and have deep conversations on specific topics such as member organizing and community outreach. The goal of the premier Convocation was to start creating a foundation for each local's strategic planning process and to build relationships across these locals for sharing of ideas and mutual support.
Tad Shannon (pictured above), President of the Eugene Education Association, said, "I gained a sense of optimism from the Pilot Local Convocation that we now have the resources and framework to analyze and strategize to create a concrete plan to engage members on ways to change the education environment in Oregon."
Over the next few months, local associations, with on-going support from the Union School, will conduct their own strategic planning retreats to develop their mission, goals and steps to achieve those goals.