News & Updates
North Dakota United Announces a Job Vacancy: UniServ Director, in Fargo, North Dakota The UniServ Director is responsible for planning, developing and implementing programs and activities that will advance the skills, knowledge and rights of local affiliates and members through organizing, increased membership, increased member activism and local power; and, to protect the rights of members and locals.
Students Against Measure 3 is a grassroots, student-driven organization whose purpose is to bring students from across North Dakota together in opposition of Measure 3, which would remove a student member from the Higher Education Board.
The members of the Dickinson Education Association – as well as teachers all across the state of North Dakota – won a hard-fought victory from the North Dakota Supreme Court, in DEA v. Dickinson Public School District. This case that will likely go down in the history books as “Dickinson III,” as this is the third time in Supreme Court history that Dickinson teachers and school board have gone to the state’s highest court to argue about the imposition of contracts.
In June, members of the North Dakota Public Employees local, representing public employees statewide within North Dakota United, were asked to send their nominations and petitions of support to be considered as candidates for leadership positions within this new local. Six members of NDPE stood up and volunteered their services as officers and will carry on the work of our union. Since these members were unopposed for the offices for which they ran, and since they submitted petitions that conform to our bylaws, they have been elected by the acclaim of our members.
In recent years, the North Dakota Legislature has struggled extensively with trying to find the right formula for state worker compensation. As oil exploration has exploded in the Bakken, private industries are flooding into the state, and competition for workers is at an all-time high. The unemployment rate for North Dakota currently sits at 2.7 percent, which is the lowest in the country. There are more jobs available in North Dakota than there are workers available to fill these vacancies. Private employers are offering higher salaries in order to attract job seekers and fill vacancies. But the state of North Dakota has been reluctant to raise salaries in tune with this trend.
In this issue, read about a member being nominated for a prestigious award, a sign of the times as a teacher has to make a difficult choice, also get up to speed on our inaugural delegate assembly. In addition, this issue also includes a member profile with an inspirational story and a Q&A with Ken Purdy from Human Resource Management Services.
The NDU Education Support Professional (ESP) Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding NDU Education Support Professional whose position betters the education profession and the lives of students
The Director of Teaching and Learning is responsible for planning, developing and instituting programs aimed at improving and advancing the skills and knowledge of NDU's members, both teachers and ESP. Other functions include serving on numerous states, NEA and AFT committees, coordinating the student and retired programs, grant writing, researching, serving as lead NDU contact for state and federal teaching and learning issues, and lobbying.
Andrea Noonan a Technology Integration Specialist and Language Arts teacher at Liberty Middle School in West Fargo will receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards.
The oldest interview question in the world is, “Tell me about yourself.” This is considered an icebreaker question and is generally used as a gauge of a candidate’s overall interpersonal skills and nervousness. Other icebreaker questions might be “What events have brought you to my office today?” or “Why should I be interviewing you today instead of 300 other candidates?” No matter how the first question is phrased, you, as a strong job candidate, should begin talking about your preparation to teach, your teaching experience and something unique about your background in education.
Everything that defines North Dakota United was on full display at the first-ever Delegate Assembly of its members on Saturday. With 130 delegates representing the different communities, geographic locations and job classifications of our entire membership, this was the first official gathering of representatives of the full membership of North Dakota United since the February 2013 vote of delegates from the North Dakota Education Association and the North Dakota Public Employees Association to affirm a merger of those two organizations and form NDU.
Beginning on April 1, 2014, 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.