Elections for Local, State, and National union leadership begin on January 31 and end on February 18, 2022.
On Thursday, January 27, candidates for TAAAC President and Vice President answered questions from members to provide more information for the local elections. The video below is a recording of their responses.
Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors for TAAAC?
How will you hold TAAAC accountable for being non-partisan?
Life, much like unions, are all about compromise. Through understanding member wants/needs I hope to create compromises that allow TAAAC to continue to be on the non-partisan path.
I believe in fairness for all our members and will not agree to favor one group over another, unless the facts and circumstances clearly require it.
What is the most important issue that you believe needs to be addressed by TAAAC leadership?
There are several important issues that need to be addressed, including health and safety in the schools, staff shortages, equitable pay, workload among educators, and special education and related service provider workload.
1- Increase salary scale across the board
2- Increase steps until 30 is reached as many members start young and once they reach 25 years, they still have many years to retirement and will only receive COLA
3- COLA to match inflation rate
3- Decrease workload
4- Improve working environment and conditions
As a member of the Board of Directors, how important is it to reach consensus with the other members?
It is very important that the members reach consensus on most major issues and move forward as a united Board. However, we will probably not all agree on every issue. It is also important for us to respectfully air out any concerns or differences we have. Independent thoughts help bring forward better discussions!
What will you do when you disagree with a majority position of the TAAAC BOD?
If I disagree on a minor issue, I will support the major position as I will always do what is in the best interest of all Unit 1 members. However, I will not compromise my position on significant issues in which I strongly disagree. I will always vote for what I believe is the better or more equitable alternative.
What will you do to increase membership and involvement in the association?
I will encourage monthly newsletters, support and establish voluntary committees, and continue to push for consistent FAC and 10-minute school meetings.