Here at District 201, we are all in this together. We face changes together. We are all impacted by each other. We have a common interest and we provide mutual support for each other. That is the meaning of solidarity. Solidarity is “unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.”
With many legislative changes on the horizon our position is especially precarious. That is why we need to trust each other. We need to know that we are indeed stronger as one unit. As spring approaches and negotiations are upon us, trust that your negotiating team is acting in your best interest. There were an unprecedented number of individuals running for five positions, and it was a close election. You selected whom you felt would best serve our common goal. Your negotiating team has already been busy and devoted. We have met multiple times, most recently spending a Saturday going through Interest Based Bargaining Training. After our training, that is the model that we have agreed to adopt. It will allow us to continue to work together with administration to find solutions to issues.
We will use Facebook and the new website to keep you connected. We will let you know when we meet and update you as necessary, but what happens during negotiations is private. You elected us to serve as your representatives. You have to trust that we are working hard in your interests. Please give us your full faith, and let us remain united in our actions.
I hope you like the new website, and I hope that you use it to stay connected.
Yours, in solidarity,
Proud alumnus, union member, and educator in District #201 since 2006.
Dr. Hentze is the author of High Finance with Hentze, a monthly blog that provides news about District 201's current financial state.