Week of September 20, 2021

Message from the President

It's hard to believe that we're coming up on the end of September already. I want to remind everyone of the up coming meetings we have for teachers and para-educators.

There is a contract negotiations update meeting for all members of Unit A - Teachers on Wednesday at 4:30pm at Nashua High School South. I will give the latest information on negotiations and be seeking input from members. All members are encouraged to attend. If you are not a member, and would like to join so you can attend the meeting, please contact me (president@nashuatu.org).

There is a contract ratification meeting for all members of Unit B - Para-Educators on Monday, September 27th at 4:00pm at Nashua High School North. I will be explaining the proposed changes to the contract, answering questions, and overseeing the ratification vote. All members are encouraged to attend. If you are not a member and would like to join so you can attend and vote, please contact me (president@nashuatu.org). I will be sending out information regarding the tentative agreement/changes in the contract to members late next week.

If you have any questions about either meeting, please let me know.

Award Winner

The Nashua Teachers' Union is proud to recognize Deanna Lavoie, Physical Education teacher at New Searles and Amherst Street Elementary Schools. Deanna was awarded the 2021 NHAHPERD Teacher of the Year for Elementary Physical Education Award. She will be celebrated at the annual conference at the end of November. Congratulations, Deanna!

2021 Community Baby Shower

The 2021 Community Baby Shower hosted by the United Way of Greater Nashua is happening October 5th. Once again, the NTU will be collecting items for that event. The blue bins will be coming to your schools soon to collect donations through September 23rd. A special thank you goes out to AFT-NH President and former NTU Vice President Deb Howes for organizing this event again this year.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb (president@aft-nh.org) or Adam (president@nashuatu.org).


Click here for the latest from NTU COPE

Next COPE Meeting: Today! Monday, September 20th at 4:00pm at the Union Office

Know Your Contract

Weingarten Rights

The right of employees to have union representation at investigatory interviews was announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1975 case (NLRB vs. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251, 88 LRRM 2689). These rights have become known as the Weingarten rights.

Employees have Weingarten rights only during investigatory interviews. An investigatory interview occurs when a supervisor questions an employee to obtain information which could be used as a basis for discipline or asks an employee to defend his or her conduct.

If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from what he or she says, the employee has the right to request union representation. Management is not required to inform the employee of his/her Weingarten rights; it is the employees responsibility to know and request.

When the employee makes the request for a union representative to be present management has three options:

  1. It can stop questioning until the representative arrives.

  2. It can call off the interview or,

  3. It can tell the employee that it will call off the interview unless the employee voluntarily gives up his/her rights to a union representative (an option the employee should always refuse.)

Employers will often assert that the only role of a union representative in an investigatory interview is to observe the discussion. The Supreme Court, however, clearly acknowledges a representative's right to assist and counsel workers during the interview.

The Supreme Court has also ruled that during an investigatory interview management must inform the union representative of the subject of the interrogation. The representative must also be allowed to speak privately with the employee before the interview. During the questioning, the representative can interrupt to clarify a question or to object to confusing or intimidating tactics.

While the interview is in progress, the representative can not tell the employee what to say but he may advise them on how to answer a question. At the end of the interview the union representative can add information to support the employee's case.

Source: http://wa.aft.org/resources/weingarten-rights

Divisive Concepts Town Hall

Save the Date!

Thursday, October 14th at 4:30pm

AFT-NH will be hosting a virtual Town Hall on the Divisive Concepts Law. We will have national as well as state experts on where the controversy came from, what the law and guidance say and what your rights and responsibilities are as an educator. There will be a chance to ask questions as well as share what you are seeing in your schools.

I will send information on how to access the Town Hall when it becomes available.

Have an idea for the Just for Fun section? Send it to Adam (president@nashuatu.org).

Just for Fun

I know it's only September, but this came across my Facebook feed. You can only pick one! What are you picking?

For the NTU calendar, click here

For the BOE calendar, click here

For the BOE agendas and minutes, click here

Upcoming Events

  • September 20th

      • COPE Meeting, 4:00pm, Union Office

      • BOE Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, 6:00pm, Nashua High School North

  • September 21st

      • Food Service Negotiations, 3:00pm, via Zoom

      • Executive Board/Superintendent Meeting, 4:00pm, Central Office

      • BOE Policy Committee, 6:00pm, Nashua High School North

  • September 22nd

      • Teacher Contract Negotiations Update, 4:30pm, Nashua High School South Auditorium

  • September 23rd

      • Teacher Leaders Program Info Session. 4:00pm, Union Office

  • September 27th

      • Para-Educator Contract Ratification Meeting, 4:00pm, Nashua High School North Auditorium

      • BOE Human Resources Committee, 5:30pm, Nashua High School North

      • Board of Education, 6:00pm, Nashua High School North

  • September 28th

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, Central Office

      • Food Service Negotiations, 2:00pm, via Zoom

  • September 29th

      • AFT-NH Board of Directors, 4:30pm, via Zoom

  • September 30th

      • Teacher Negotiations, 4:30pm, Central Office

  • October 5th

      • NTU President/Superintendent Meeting, 9:00am, Central Office

      • Executive Board Meeting, 4:00pm, via Zoom

  • October 11

      • No School; Columbus Day

Questions? Comments? Need Assistance? Contact a member of the Executive Board

Trying to email Adam? Make sure to use president@nashuatu.org