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Homeroom 603: Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky

NEA-NH’s series of interviews and conversations with candidates continues with Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky. NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle and NEA-NH Government Relations Director Brendon Browne sat down with Executive Councilor Andru Volinksy for a conversation on school funding, the role of the Executive Council and political district gerrymandering in New Hampshire. “Education should not be an accident of geography,” states Volinsky. “In my professional capacity as a lawyer, I have represented communities fighting to protect public funding for schools including in the Claremont School Funding suit and on behalf of

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2018-19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Arts and Writing Contests Now Open

Deadline for entries: December 19, 2018 The Martin Luther King Coalition has always considered involving youth an essential component of the community celebration of Martin Luther King Day. After all, in his most famous speech, one of Dr. King’s most poignant statements was the expression of his dream for the children: that they would one day be able to attend school & play together regardless of the colors of their skin. Therefore, from its early years, the Coalition has invited all children from the state of New Hampshire to participate

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Member Benefits Minute – California Casualty

Here’s another Member Benefits Minute from NEA-NH Member Benefits Coordinator Jeff Kantorowski. This time, Jeff explains the benefits provided by California Casualty and how you can receive a $25 Amazon Gift card. Since 2000, California Casualty has proudly supported NEA members and their families by providing auto and home insurance coverage through the NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program. In business for more than 100 years, California Casualty has demonstrated a strong commitment to educators and public education by providing NEA members with special benefits and rates not available to the general public as well as awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to educators and schools through the following initiatives: $2,500 Academic Awards to help educators purchase supplies for their classrooms $200 Help Your Classroom awards (8 awarded each month) Thomas

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Homeroom 603 Podcasts Continue – Conversation With Rep. Shurtleff

NEA-NH’s series of interviews and conversations with candidates continues with Representative Steve Shurtleff from Merrimack. NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle caught up with Rep. Shurtleff at the Statehouse today for a conversation on the issues important to New Hampshire’s educators and students.  Rep. Shurtleff provided stories from his time as a substitute teacher and insights into how, as Speaker of the House, he would address some of our most pressing concerns. Representative Shurtleff is recommended by NEA-NH for his pro-public education record. Listen to the podcast.

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Keene Education Association Builds Community and Membership

by Caitlin Rollo This summer the Keene Education Association participated in the NEA Education Summer program. Through this grant program from NEA – and in partnership with NEA-NH, the KEA participated in the six week program by having six part-time member organizers (each working 5-10 hours a week) out in the field engaging new hires, potential members, and their current membership using new and creative techniques. The goal of this work is to not only grow their membership by twenty-four new members, but create a sense of community within their membership as they return to school without a contract and begin negotiations process. During the first week, member organizers were educated on unionism 101, created a one page handout highlighting the benefits of their local association, mapped their entire bargaining

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NEA-NH Member Benefits Minute – Complimentary Life Insurance

In this episode, NEA-New Hampshire Member Benefits Coordinator Jeff Kantorowski explains the benefits of the complimentary life insurance policy provided to all NEA members and the importance of naming a beneficiary.   To help give your family the insurance protection and added peace of mind they deserve, the NEA Members Insurance Trust offers Complimentary Life Insurance at no extra cost to Active, Staff, Reserve and Life members. This complimentary coverage includes: Up to $1,000 of term life insurance Up to $5,000 of accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage $50,000 of AD&D insurance for any covered accident that occurs on the job or while serving as an Association Leader $150,000 of life insurance for unlawful homicide while on the job Who Should You be Protecting? Settle this important question today by

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Manchester Educators and Students Deserve Better

Manchester Education Association President Sue Hannan released the following statement this evening: “Manchester educators have received their first paycheck of the year, and nothing has changed. Steps are frozen for the fourth time in 6 years. Contract negotiations are stalled with no meeting scheduled with the school board negotiations committee, and MEA continues to wait for a salary proposal from the board.” “No one on the school board or Board of Mayor and Aldermen is standing up to publicly ask why the negotiations are stalled. To the educators of Manchester, this creates a perception that they do not care about their employees. To add insult to injury, the Aldermen have voted to give all city employees who are currently negotiating contracts their expected pay steps, COLAs and/or longevity. While most

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NEA-NH Announces Retirement Planning Seminar Schedule

We all hope for a well-deserved retirement with financial security. NEA-NH and NEA Member Benefits are pleased to present seminars to help you plan and prepare. A well-planned retirement can result in fiscal security, but there are many factors to consider. Come and learn how to take full advantage of the resources available to you. Registration for this seminar is $10 per person for NEA-NH members; each can bring one guest for an additional $10. We will review many pieces of the retirement puzzle, including: – The NH Retirement System – Medicare – Financial Planning – NEA Member Benefits for Retirees. Our current retirement seminar planning schedule includes: Bow 10/5/18 – http://www.cvent.com/d/5bqmnq/1Q Claremont 10/10/18 – http://www.cvent.com/d/0bqm0y/1Q Manchester 10/16/18 – http://www.cvent.com/d/qbqm05/1Q Portsmouth 11/15/18 – http://www.cvent.com/d/4bqmp7/1Q Peterborough 11/29/18 – http://www.cvent.com/d/ybqmpp/1Q Meredith 12/5 

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