News & Updates
Teachers give us so much. A boost of confidence when we really need one. Extra help when we’re having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank them enough, we can take a moment during National Teacher Appreciation Week to share our appreciation for the special educators in our lives.
NDU Assistant Executive Director Stuart Savelkoul brings you the week's highlights from the North Dakota Legislature. Read all about the latest bills and actions that matter most to you, as a member of North Dakota United, and learn what you can do to help us to protect the rights of public educators and employees.
Sessions will be held in seven locations across the state. NDU staff will present updates and changes to public-school funding and the K-12 bargaining law, along with new leave policies for state workers and other legislation affecting public employees and higher education faculty and staff.
North Dakota United is proud to welcome Chad Oban as its new Executive Director, beginning May 12, 2015.
Beginning on April 1, 2015, K-12 and Higher Education members are eligible to enroll in the North Dakota United Early Enrollment Plan. Get a jump on enrolling in NDU for the upcoming new school year, and gain immediate access to membership benefits that come with being a part of our union at no additional cost.
News From the Locals is a regular feature of United Voices, which brings you the latest news and stories about what members are doing on the local level, in the classroom, on campus and in their worksite. In this issue, learn more about an innovative enterprise project that NDU members spearheaded at Barnes County North Public School, which gives students the opportunity to run their own business, producing and selling products to the community, with guidance from their instructors.
The Bismarck School Board met on the evening of Monday, April 27, to discuss business, including the findings of a federal arbitrator that the Bismarck School District violated the negotiated agreement signed between the district and the Bismarck Education Association by denying BEA member Scott Gefroh of 26 days of sick leave during an extended absence from the classroom for health reasons.
ND United Delegate Assembly Recap The ND United Delegate Assembly began on Friday night, April 17, 2015, at Bismarck's Ramada Inn and continued the next day, Oct. 18, at Bismarck State College.
These regional sessions will give you an opportunity to talk to other negotiators in your area and to determine what kind of information you would like going forward. Also, how often the group wants to meet and agenda items for the next CBC.
On December 15, 2014, Bismarck Education Association (BEA) Member Scott Gefroh won his battle with the Bismarck Public School District (District) to go to arbitration when a district judge ordered the District to comply with the Negotiated Agreement and participate in arbitration. BEA and Gefroh went to arbitration in March against the District and Gefroh won again. On April 10, 2015, Arbitrator Sharon Gallagher with the American Arbitration Association reached a decision in favor of the BEA and grievant Scott Gefroh against the District.
Colleges have to deal with the problem of sexual assault not just after it happens, but as each student walks onto the campus. The easy answer is that progress equals fewer incidents. The reality is that progress is much harder — both to achieve and to measure.
Approximately 160 members from across the state attended the North Dakota United Member Advocacy Conference at Bismarck’s Ramkota Inn on March 27-28, 2015. “The idea of an all-member advocacy conference came from my desire to bring together members from each of NDU’s constituency groups in one place to discuss issues important to all of us,” said NDU President Nick Archuleta. It is important that as we merge the cultures of the two predecessor organizations, we create opportunities to meet as one unified organization.”
E-mail is a big part of your life, most likely. You have a work e-mail address given to you on your first day. As we are a large union of public employees and educators from all across the state and in multiple different worksites and sectors, the e-mail domains for members’ addresses are varied, from nd.gov addresses to SendIt, to multiple school district domains such as willistonschools.org or the domains for each university, such as minotstateu.edu. You have a work e-mail address, in all likelihood, is what I’m trying to say.