News & Updates
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.
In each issue of United Voices, we profile a member and the work they do for the students and citizens of North Dakota. We take a closer look at their profession, their passion, what they do for the public and for their union. If you would like to nominate a public educator or employee who is a member of North Dakota United to be profiled, send us their name and description of the work they do for North Dakota to firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Dakota United is proud to welcome Chad Oban as its new Executive Director, beginning May 12, 2015.
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.
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.
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.