Nevada State Education Association Sets Up Unity Web Site

Las Vegas has much more serious things on its mind this morning than the state of relations between its teacher union local and the state association. There’s nothing I can say about another mass murder that isn’t already being said more eloquently elsewhere, so I’ll stay in my lane and provide the latest labor news.

The courts are not the only place where the Nevada State Education Association and NEA are battling with the Clark County Education Association. NSEA amped up its member relations pitch by creating a web site, NVUnity.com.

The site isn’t so much about unity as it is a countermeasure to the series of YouTube videos released by CCEA to explain its position to local members.

The Unity site encouraged members to attend the CCEA representative council meeting last Tuesday “to demand CCEA’s leadership and executive director resume paying dues to NEA and NSEA.” I haven’t found evidence from any source that any such demand was made.

Another interesting note is that while CCEA constantly denies wanting to disaffiliate, NSEA and NEA raise that specter:

CCEA reported at its August 22 Association Rep Council (ARC) meeting that a motion was made by the CCEA Board on August 19 to recommend disaffiliation from NSEA. A record of that motion being made can be found on CCEA’s website. A vote was passed to withhold dues from NSEA and the National Education Association (NEA). According to meeting minutes, the CCEA board “affirmed their wish of coming together and addressing issues to meet the needs of both organizations and their members.”

However, the actions of CCEA leaders and its executive director John Vellardita during the September 18 meeting with NSEA contradicted those hopes, and instead signaled a move to continue actions which sever ties between NEA/NSEA and its members in CCSD. Can a renewed move for disaffiliation be far behind?

NEA and NSEA seem to think the very idea of disaffiliation will alarm CCEA members and spur them to action. I’m not so sure. If CCEA started to provide liability insurance to teachers, even more members might wonder why they needed to continue to pay all that state and national dues money.

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