As reported in the local paper, on Friday hundreds of members attended the general meeting to voice their concerns over the unhealthy climate that now exists within our schools.
At the meeting, members called for a vote to determine whether or not the body had confidence in Dr. Durkin. The vast majority of the members present voted that they did not. However, the membership agreed that those who were not able to attend the meeting should also have a chance to vote before a final result is announced publicly.
Therefore, any members who were not in attendance at the meeting may cast their votes at the NBEA office at 160 William Street on Monday, May 5, Tuesday, May 6 or Wednesday, May 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
When you arrive at the office, you will be given a copy of the full “no confidence motion” and will cast your vote by secret ballot. We urge as many members as possible to come to the office to vote.
A “no confidence” vote is a symbolic action that has no legal impact. However, it is an important symbolic act not to be taken lightly. It is an expression that the membership of an organization does not believe that the leader is moving the organization – in this case our school district – in the right direction. If that is what you believe, it is important to let the superintendent, school committee and community at large know that.
If you disagree, then you should cast your vote against the motion.
At Friday’s meeting a plan was discussed about holding a press conference on Thursday to release the outcome of the vote. However, after the meeting numerous members made it clear that they would not feel comfortable participating in a conference where they would be videotaped. The fear of retaliation is too high. Therefore, we have decided not to hold a press conference but instead President St. John will make the formal announcement.
We urge everyone in Unit A who was not in attendance at the meeting to vote.
Actions of this kind are more effective if a large percentage of the members participate. Let your voices be heard. This is about your job, your working conditions and the atmosphere in the schools where our students learn. Your union is asking you to act.
In unity there is strength.
Very Truly Yours,
NBEA Board of Directors
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Letter to the membership regarding the vote of no confidence
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