Each year at the NEA-NH Delegate Assembly, awards are presented to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals and locals during the previous year. At the Delegate Assembly last week, the following awards were presented.
The Communications Award, presented annually to the local that best uses newsletters or technology to communicate with its members or the community, and works toward the benefit of the local and NEA-NH was awarded to the WINCHESTER SUPPORT STAFF ORGANIZATION.
This year’s winner has done an outstanding job in both community outreach and internal communications, increasing the visibility and success of their association.
They maintain a newsletter, website and Facebook page throughout the year, and organized a highly successful contract campaign featuring postcards, leaflets, and phone banking.
Working in partnership with the Teachers’ Association in their district they sponsored a school talent show, marched in their town’s annual Pickle Parade (complete with Pickle hats), raffled off bike helmets and sponsored a welcome banner on their town’s Main Street.
The T.R.E.A. Award commemorates the passage of the collective bargaining law in New Hampshire resulting from the Timberlane Teachers Strike in 1974.
It is presented annually to a New Hampshire teacher member who contributed to the collective bargaining process and worked successfully to advocate for members.
This year’s winner was very active in contract negotiations, helping her association through multiple rounds of negotiations to finally reach a contract. She is active in the grievance process, travelling to the 22 schools in the district to help colleagues hold open and truthful dialogs with the superintendent.
She is politically active in her city holding PAC events, helping fellow members run for office, and ensuring pro-education candidates are supported for Mayor and School Board.
She has been a tireless force behind her Association’s membership recruitment efforts resulting in 80 new members this year, and is a dedicated, committed advocate for her members, local and state associations. The 2016 T.R.E.A. award was presented to MAXINE MOSLEY.
The LARGE LOCAL ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented annually to an NEA-New Hampshire local that best serves its members, and works toward the improvement of NEA-New Hampshire.
This year’s winner boasts a 92% membership rate, and gained 80 new members this year.
Travelling to each school in the district, meeting one-on-one with members and potential members, and hosting forums on issues important to members like class size, discipline and safety has helped drive these numbers.
Their leadership regularly attends school board meetings and meets monthly with the superintendent to build a stronger community.
The Association had been in negotiations for over two years on a successor agreement. Their mayor vetoed the contract, but this Association rallied members and the community and got the School Board to reverse the vote and send it to the Aldermen – where it failed again. Members rallied and picketed City Hall, refused to enter school to set-up classrooms and lobbied City Aldermen and successfully swung the vote in their favor.
Their political activity in support of Joyce Craig, while unsuccessful, resulted in the closest mayoral race in Manchester history: a winning margin of only 64 votes.
This year’s winner of the LARGE LOCAL ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR: MANCHESTER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION