Responsibilities and Expectations of Elected MTEA Building Leaders
Building Representative/Educational Assistant Chairperson
- Building Representatives (BRs) and EA Chairs are the frontline in fighting for the values and positions of MTEA members.
- BRs and EA Chairs willingly listen to and advocate for members’ concerns and views, while maintaining professional and confidential expectations.
- MTEA members look to their BRs/EA Chairs for solutions and advocacy.
- Building Representatives and EA Chairs attend all RA meetings (Representative Assembly) or have a delegate at meetings so you are properly informed. Meetings are normally held on the second Wednesday of each month.
- Hold 10-minute meetings, following the RA, to keep all members informed of issues and actions
- Welcome new members and potential members in your building as soon as possible. This way, they know who to contact for accurate information and will feel a part of your union family in your building. Recruit potential members for MTEA membership.
- Be familiar with the MPS handbook. The handbook is a result of decisions between our union and administration, and will involve input from members as matters change.
- Support a member who is in need. You are the person members go to when they have concerns. Along with assistance from MTEA staff, you will help resolve these problems in a professional and confidential manner.
- Hold elections and voting in your school. BRs solicit ideas from MTEA members within the school and conduct the voting process. If you need assistance with elections/voting procedures, call an MTEA staff person.
- The Building Committee is the source of member power, leadership and problem solving at each school/department.
- Building Committees meet regularly to discuss member concerns. They engage in problem-solving on a regular basis with administration.
- It is important to have a functioning Building Committee, especially during times of transitions, decisions, and difficulties.
- The Building Committee should post a list of Building Committee members at the school.
- BC members must solicit concerns from members in their school. The BC should offer multiple means by which members can communicate with BC members (i.e., letter in mailbox, personal email, after school meeting).
- Schedule monthly organizational meetings where all MTEA members at your school may attend and express problems/concerns. Encourage members to “own” their concerns instead of remaining anonymous, if appropriate.
- All Building Committee members should familiarize themselves with the MPS handbook.
- Members of the BC record and prioritize the concerns brought forth by union members.
- Discuss the concerns and possible solutions/actions.
*Members may nominate themselves, or colleagues, for any of the above positions. This is a member-only activity.
Notes and Guidelines
- Number of BRs per school/department: All schools are entitled to at least one Building Representative. Schools with a larger number of MTEA members are entitled to additional Building Representatives: 1-37 members = 1 BR38-62 members = 2 BRs; 63-87 members = 3 BRs; 88-112 members = 4 BRs; 113-137 members = 5 BRs. These counts are based on dues-paying members only. Do not count non-members.
- Building Committee makeup: The building committee is made up of 3-5 teacher members, PLUS the elected Building Representative and the Educational Assistant Chairperson. Elected representatives of other unions in your school (SEIU 150, AFSCME, etc.) may also participate in the Building Committee, but are not elected by MTEA members.
- MTEA members only: Only MTEA members can vote in these elections. Teacher unit members vote for Building Representative and Building Committee; Educational Assistant members vote for EA Chairperson. Administration cannot be involved in MTEA elections.