June 2016

SEIU Announces Endorsements for Metro School Board!

For Immediate Release

Local Union Supports Metro School Board Candidates With “Real World” Experience in Public Education

(Nashville, TN) Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205, the labor organization representing support employees working in the Metro Nashville Public Schools, announced the names of candidates the organization will be supporting in the School Board elections to be held on August 4, 2016.

In the race for school board District 3, SEIU Local 205 endorsed incumbent Jill Speering, a retired teacher. “Jill knows that without an experienced support staff, teachers aren’t able to teach,” said Recco Seay Sr., an in-school suspension monitor and SEIU member. “Not only does Jill have decades of experience as an educator, she also has compassion for school employees and understands their needs and concerns.”

In District 5, SEIU endorsed Christiane Buggs. Christiane is a newcomer to politics, but served for many years as a Metro school teacher. “Christiane was a teacher and her parents were school support staff,” said SEIU member Lilldeus Russell, a paraprofessional in MNPS. “She has a lot of firsthand knowledge of how schools work on a daily basis and that perspective is needed on the board.”

In District 7, the union is supporting Will Pinkston who is running for re-election. “Will is a strong policy advocate and he’s been militant when it comes to transparency, accountability, and engagement,” said James Brown, a computer network engineer for the district and the union’s chief steward. “The moneyed special interests are putting their bets on his opponent, but voters should bet on Will Pinkston in this election.”

In District 9, SEIU Local 205 endorsed incumbent Amy Frogge, a community activist and parent volunteer. “As a parent with children in Metro Schools, Amy understands the needs and concerns of families who have a stake in our school system,” said SEIU member Deborah Dial, a secretary who works at Hillwood High, which is in District 9. “She has always relied on data and her compassion for others to be a leading voice on the school board and we want to see that continue.”

Election Day for the school board races will be on Thursday, August 4. Complete information on early voting dates and voting locations is available from the Davidson County Election Commission at 615-862-8800.

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SEIU Local 205 represents support employees working in the Metro Nashville Public Schools and has since 2001. Members come from nearly every department in the district and include school secretaries, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, education assistants, campus supervisors, maintenance workers, crossing guards and others who play a role in shaping the lives of children in Davidson County.

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New N.E.S. Stewards Corps Is Ready for Work!

NES-Stewards-2016_portrait2A group of union veterans and new recruits from Nashville Electric Service attended a stewards training that lasted over a two day period.

Using a combination of classroom techniques and roleplays, the N.E.S. stewards intensely studied their union contract, the company rules and policies, and best practices, per the union’s leadership development program. Trainings like this are organized throughout the year for the Local’s different chapters.

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Call to Convention!

Convention2016_bannerIn accordance with Article 18 of SEIU Local Union 205’s Constitution and Bylaws, this shall serve as the official call for the Local Convention to be held on November 5, 2016 at the Fifty Forward building on Rains Ave. in Nashville. We encourage all members to participate in this process and fill all Delegate plus Alternate slots allotted to your chapter.

Nominations for Delegates and Alternates are to be held during your chapter meetings in August (the schedule for these meetings is below) and elections, if needed, will be held at chapter meetings in September. Additionally, each chapter will be expected to designate a Delegate to give their report at the Convention.

Up for election this year are the offices of President, Executive Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Executive Vice-President of Organizing, and three Trustee positions.

Nominations must be made at the Convention from the floor. Here are the eligibility requirements, per the Local’s Bylaws:

A person shall be eligible to be nominated and to serve as an elected Local Union officer who has been a member in good standing in the Local Union for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the nomination and who has during all of that time paid the full dues required for the working members of the Local Union within each month when due. However, if any candidate’s Chapter has not been in existence the time required, a candidate for office must have been a member in good standing for the entire time since affiliation of the Chapter. No member may be a candidate for more than one local-wide office at a time. The Local Union Convention may waive the foregoing requirements.

Remember, all members are invited to attend the Convention, but only Delegates can vote. For more information on how you can participate, call the office toll free at 800-447-1330.

Convention Nomination Schedule

Check with your Union Stewards or Chapter Officers to confirm the time & locations of these meetings or call the Nashville office.

Chapter  Nominations Election (if needed)
Chattanooga City Govt Aug. 25 Sept. 22
Lincoln College TBA TBA
Knowles Home Aug. 11 Sept. 8
MDHA Aug. 16 Sept. 20
Medegen Aug. 18 Sept. 15
Meharry Medical College Aug. 18 Sept. 15
Methodist Medical Center Aug. 9 Sept. 13
Metro 911/ECC Aug. 9 Sept. 13
Metro Action Commission Aug. 9 Sept. 13
Metro General Government Aug. 16 Sept. 20
Metro Nashville Public Schools Aug. 8 Sept. 12
Nashville Electric Service Aug. 25 Sept. 22
Nashville Hospital Authority Aug. 9 Sept. 13
Retirees Aug. 18 Sept. 15
St. Francis Hospital Aug. 10 Sept. 14
Shelby County Schools Aug. 20 Sept. 17
Signature @ Bordeaux TBA TBA

 

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