At this time we in the very early stages of process. As per board policy JNEA has turned in a petition, to the Joplin School District, signed by hundreds of Joplin teachers to begin the process of Policy HA and HH.
Our purpose in beginning this process is to allow teachers to be a direct part of district decision making in areas of duties, professional development, working conditions, salaries and other areas as determined by teachers and Joplin Schools administration .
JNEA also would like to answer a few questions we have heard in the community today. If you have other questions, please comment below and we will be happy to get the correct information out in the open.
Q:"I heard that if this happens (Collective Bargaining) the teachers can/will strike".
A: No, BOE policy states that teachers can not strike. BOE Section H
Q: "If JNEA wins the secret ballot election, I will be forced to become a member of JNEA."
A: No. JNEA will bargain for ALL teachers, counselors, and librarians. JNEA/MNEA members have benefits because they are members. Non-members will not be required to sign up to be a member, however, JNEA will not provide member benefits, ie. UD (Ray Smith), attorney services, member only benefits to non-members.
JNEA will follow the policy outlined in BOE Policy HA and HH. Questions are welcomed.