Southwest Uniserv Unit News; Dec 2016

Open a Copy of SW Uniserv Unit Newsletter Vol.2 Iss.4



Mandatory Reporter: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Training

The Woodbine Education Association (WEA) is sponsoring a Mandatory Reporter Training event:

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Time: 4:30-7:30 pm

Place: Media Center,  Woodbine School

This course uses an Iowa Department of Public Health approved curriculum and meets the requirements for training as specified in the Code of Iowa 232.69.  (Approval No. 2905)   It is free of charge, and a member benefit, for teachers or paraeducators who are currently members of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA).  Non-member fee is $20.00.  Exact amount is required or personal checks accepted, payable to the Woodbine Education Association.

RSVP by emailing ISEA Southwest UniServ Unit director, Sara Dressel, include in your email the name you would like used for the Certificate of Completion which you will receive at the end of the training session.

If you are not currently a member of ISEA/WEA, you are invited to join now and attend the training at no cost, as one of the many benefits of membership.

Survey Results as of May 31, 2016

What is the biggest obstacle to your becoming a member of the BVEA?

It is difficult to afford
I don’t feel that the benefits are worth the costs
I disagree with positions advocated by either the NEA, the ISEA, or the BVEA

I oppose organized labor and teacher unions in general

Total Respondents: 11

What would it take to get you to consider a BVEA membership?

Answered: 7, Skipped: 12

Open BVEA membership without requirement to be a part of the ISEA and/or NEA 5/27/2016 8:58 AM View respondent’s answers

A lot lower membership cost 5/26/2016 9:41 AM View respondent’s answers

A really good reason to join and make it worth it 5/25/2016 8:58 PM View respondent’s answers

affordable membership for local (much less dues to the state & national levels) 5/25/2016 8:06 PM View respondent’s answers

I would at local level, but Not if it is tied to State or National Level. 5/25/2016 7:49 PM View respondent’s answers


cheaper 5/25/2016 5:07 PM View respondent’s answers

Explain the benefits 5/25/2016 4:04 PM View respondent’s answers

Do you have any suggestions for how we can make our Association more effective at Boyer Valley?

Answered: 6, Skipped: 13

share more of what is going on and don’t just assume no one cares because no one wants to take an active leadership role within the association  5/31/2016 1:29 PM View respondent’s answers

More information about the things that the association is advocating for and trying to improve in our district.  5/26/2016 9:41 AM View respondent’s answers

Keep up the good work. Many thanks to those who remain members & do the negotiating!.  5/25/2016 7:49 PM View respondent’s answers

Help younger teachers understand the benefits and explain what the BVEA does  5/25/2016 4:04 PM View respondent’s answers

Summer School Board Meetings Scheduled

Observer-EffectThe June School Board Meeting will be on June 13th @ 5 p.m. @ Boyer Valley South.

The July Board Mtg will be on July 18th @ 7 p.m. Boyer Valley North.
If you can fit it in, please try to attend one or both of these meetings. Mere attendance influences behavior and outcome, you don’t have to say a thing.
The more of us who observe, the greater the effect because there’s power in numbers.

For the cost of a night out


Here’s something for non-members and former members to think about. Sure, times are tight and we all like to cut wherever we can, but in this day and age, union membership is like insurance- without it, things could get a lot more expensive fast. Feel free to print this off and share it with your colleagues or hang it in the teacher’s lounge. It’s designed so that you can download it and then share it by phone, email or social-media too.

MINUTES; Year End Meeting


BVN- WED. MAY 25, 2016

ATTENDING: Patty Branning, Deb Brown, Peggy Christine, Dennis Fett, Becky Gross, Rhonda Lee, Allison Leisinger, Ted Mallory, Sarah Malone, Stacy Pippitt, Jennifer Puck, and Beth Schaben.

DISCUSSION: Encouraging membership renewal and recruiting new members

  • It was suggested that we collect and share anecdotes about how Association membership has benefited or protected members.
  • It was agreed that we should survey non-members on our faculty to ask what their objections to joining are and what incentives could persuade them to join.

DISCUSSION: Promoting positive relations with the Board and Administration and revitalizing a positive perception of  the Association in the community.

  • It was suggested that we arrange social events such as one in the beginning of the school year and invite Board and Administration members and their spouses, perhaps at the Dunlap Golf Course.
  • It was agreed that we need to be more aggressive about communications within the association and public relations from and about the association to non-member staff and the community.


  • Co-Presidents: Allison Leisinnger and Rhonda Lee
  • Secretary/Reporter: Ted Mallory
  • Treasurer: Jennifer Hansen
  • Membership: Patty Branning
  • Negotiations: Andy Armstead