Caliber’s wonderful workers,
We are coming up to a big step for us in Caliber: Beta Academy staff. We have shown Admin that a huge majority of workers at our school have chosen to go union and now they will legally be obligated to bargain with us. While Caliber has until May 20 to provide their list of who they think should count as certificated-staff, we think it’s better to get started and ready to meet. The union is a democracy and every workers’ voice matters in it because together we make up the union. Here is exactly how you can get involved and voice your opinion in shaping the future of our work lives; from fair and transparent disciplinary practices & promotions, class sizes, protected prep-time, to grievance procedures, and more. Let’s build a better school for teachers, support staff, students, and families!
You can fill out your nominations in the form here. All members of these committees and nominees should be currently (or willing) to sign up as a member of our union, Caliber Workers Union!
Below is a brief description of the two roles that members of our union have decided to elect in the coming weeks. On Tuesday May 18 we will begin the nomination period for the roles below, and nominees will be voted on by all members of the Caliber Workers Union. After this process they will begin creating a bargaining survey and we will use a monthly all member meeting to make big picture decisions together on what our union’s priorities should be.
An elected team that is around 7 workers who are bottom liners for representing the rest of the union membership in bargaining with admin. It is very important that the team represent the diversity of the workplace (from race, gender, job type, campus, life experiences, etc.). While we will strive to have bargaining be as OPEN and inclusive as possible, we do need to make sure that this group of people can for sure be there and answer to the rest of the membership’s priorities we decide on together through deliberation in our monthly all-member meetings, as well as our upcoming bargaining survey. While this team will represent and present proposals, there will be times we can include others in the process (external organizers from the union, other workers at Caliber, parents, important community support like religious folks, etc.) to motivate contract proposals that membership will get to vote on as a whole. This is such an important and exciting step, which is why mobilization of as many members/potential members as possible for it is so important!
Organizing Committee (aka Membership, Mobilization, & Action Team)
This team is the engine that keeps the union running! While the Bargaining Team will be in the trenches of talking to the boss, we do not win our demands and changes thru having lock tight arguments at the table. We win them by demonstrating our union has support from the overwhelming majority of workers, parents, community constituents, AND that we can back that up by standing with each other and taking ACTION. This committee should represent the diversity of experiences and perspectives that make up the Caliber community so we can spread this work around, get new people involved, and that we have each other’s backs! Together the work can be more manageable and we really show our power is that we’re united!
Want more information about the goals, training, meeting frequency, and accommodations for each of these roles? Click here for a more detailed description.
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Next CWU Meeting
Tuesday, May 25th from 4:30 - 5:30
CWU members will discuss union updates, begin the nomination process for the CWU bargaining team and organizing committee, and address any questions or concerns brought up by union members. This meeting is open to all co-workers and we look forward to sharing this collaborative space. Meeting Link