When I sit down to compose, I usually focus on beginnings,
middles and ends. Not today. There have been so many successful
outcomes, so many relationships with people that promise long friendships and admittedly, experiences
that have made us strong as a union but that I would prefer not to revisit. Being
the heavy is sometimes fruitful but never heart warming. Well, not usually ;-) So
it is the future I am most interested in; yours and mine.
We have created a CVTA web page: www.unioncvta.com
When your leadership talks about goals for the union, one of the first areas we discuss is communication. This year the CVTA hired one of our own, Jeff Knutson from C.V.H.S. to set up this website; we hope that it will broaden and contemporize our previous site. Included but not all inclusive are leadership names with contact information, a link to your contract, your CVTA By Laws, district health insurance plans, your salary schedule and much, much more. There is a mechanism for you to register your name and e-mail address if you choose to (we so hope you will) for the union to use as an organizational tool and so that when there is important information you will hear about it. Our goal is for this site to grow as the face of the union changes and your needs morph into who knows what. At the moment the site is skeletal compared to what it can become. We are currently mid-administration and in the midst of voting for a new contract, so some of the content will have to be adjusted. However, this is an opportunity for you to see the beginnings and to let us know what else you would like included.
As for me:
I would like to thank so many of you for making my job such an out of sight experience. No other words could describe it. My position as President of CVTA over the last eight years has been responsible for more personal self reflection and growth than I can possibly describe. I have learned so much about myself and the warmth of people around me, developed many special friendships that I hope to maintain and re-affirmed my belief that people are basically good. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder than others.
As I get over the trauma of leaving a career that has spanned more years then I care to admit, I will invent myself again as I have done so many times before. Clearly, once a teacher always a teacher and once political, always opinionated. The future of our union and the well being of all of our members has always been my primary focus. We have built a very strong foundation over the years and as a result have achieved the respect we’ve fought for. Now it’s your turn. I know you will support John Green and Jason Berberian as they lead our union forward. Times are tough and they will be relying on your energy to maintain our strength and move forward.