June 14, 2017 FEA President's Report
TO: FEA Members Worldwide
FROM: Chuck McCarter, FEA President
RE: FEA President's Report
DATE: June 14, 2017
REMINDER: RAT REIMBURSMENT GRIEVANCE
If you purchased tickets for your summer travel BEFORE you received your RAT orders for this summer, DoDEA is threatening to not reimburse you for your travel. FEA is filing an Association Grievance over this issue and needs to hear from bargaining unit members. Read about the Association Grievance and obtain the form you need to submit to FEA in order to be included in the grievance by going to this page. PLEASE NOTE: The original deadline to get your information to FEA for the grievance was set at June 14 but has since been extended until the end of this week (June 16). Please be sure to get your information to us before you depart for the summer.
FEA ANNUAL MEETING
The FEA Annual Membership Meeting will take place June 29 and 30 at the Sheraton Boston hotel. The meeting is open to all FEA Active and Retired members. Registration is not required but those who plan to attend are asked to notify FEA staffer Gary Hritz at email@example.com to help us ensure we have adequate seating for all in attendance. The meeting is a great opportunity to hear from and question FEA elected leaders about issues affecting the membership. Hope to see you there!
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
A reminder that, because the NEA office building that houses FEA's Washington headquarters closes on Fridays from mid July through the Labor Day weekend, the FEA DC office will similarly be closed on those Fridays. You can always reach us, however, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For breaking news over the summer, members are reminded us to visit feaonline.org and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @FedEdAssoc
SUPPORTING YOUR FRS AND BUILDING REPS
Many thanks to those of you who have served as Association Reps this year, and also to all of those who have "stepped up" for next year. Please remember that while one person may be elected, the job of representing our members has to be a team effort. Think of ways in which you can help…offer to attend a meeting with, or in place of, your building rep….offer to decorate the FEA bulletin board, distribute newsletters, forward emails, take notes, or organize a meeting or social...none of these take a lot of time or long term commitment, but they are important ways you can help your Association Rep in their work.
At this time of year, it is good to take time to reflect on the successes which you have certainly had during the year….that student who made such great progress, the family you connected with, the student who thanked you for that extra help, all of those moments…in the rush and pressure of the school year, sometimes we don't celebrate those moments like we should. Give yourself, or a colleague, a pat on the back. YOU do make a difference.
As most of our overseas schools close for the summer in the coming days, I want to thank our members for your hard work and dedication this year. DoDEA continues to excel because of the great work our educators and students do in our schools. By long hours, hard work, and your talents, you provide an outstanding education for our students. In spite of poor quality professional development, technology challenges, lack of HR and other support, you still continue to provide a consistent, supportive, and challenging education for the children of our military and DoD civilians. In the constant flux of DoDEA's changing initiatives and priorities, DoDEA educators in our schools continue to do what is best for students.
Thank you too, for your support and membership in FEA. It is a privilege for your elected officials and the staff of FEA to advocate for and support you. FEA knows that the experts in our system are in our schools and classrooms and we will continue to be your voice on the issues that impact our schools, our members, and our students. Thank you for standing with us.
To those of you who are retiring or otherwise leaving DoDEA, thank you for a job very well done and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. To those who, like me, will be returning next school year: have a safe, relaxing and fun summer break. Next year will certainly bring new challenges. Use the summer to recharge and relax and, as you do every year, come back ready to provide a world-class education to our students.