Recertification Elections Scheduled for November 2-22!
Under Act 10, public sector unions, except police and fire, are required to engage in annual recertification elections to retain their status as the “exclusive certified representative of the employees” who elected the union to represent them. Unlike political elections in which the candidate with the most votes wins, Act 10 further requires that to win recertification, the union must win 51% of all eligible voters. Those who do not vote are counted as a “NO” vote against recertification. Therefore, it is critical that all eligible employees (both member AND potential members) cast a “YES” ballot. MTI has undergone such elections in each of the past six school years and has been recertified by District employees overwhelmingly on each occasion. Check the sidebar for more information about how to vote for recertification between November 2 – 22 this year.
Why is Recertification important?
The recertification election will determine whether MTI continues to be the legally recognized “certified representative” for District employees in MTI’s three (3) bargaining units (Teacher, Educational Support Employees Association, and United Substitutes). This status allows MTI to bargain base-wage increases and to represent MTI members on employment matters.
Just as important, when one votes to recertify MTI, that individual is also voting to support her/his/their students, their profession, quality public education, and her/his/their colleagues.
A VOTE UNION YES sends a message to the Board of Education and policymakers that employee groups unite together on important issues affecting our students, profession, and public schools.
We are better together. We have a STRONGER VOICE than we have as individual employees.
How can you help?
By always sticking together, our Union remains one of the strongest and responsive in our state. To WIN this year’s election, we again need Recertification Member Organizers from all three bargaining units (MTI, ESEA-MTI, & USO-MTI), to help raise awareness, ensure every worker has a voice, and turn out the “UNION YES” vote. Connect with your MTI Faculty Representative or ESEA Building Representative to find out how you can assist in this effort at your work location.