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EPEA March 2022 Update #1 (March 2)

Welcome to March!

As we head into our first spring month of the year, EPEA would like to provide a few union-related tidbits for your awareness and preparation. As always, reach out to your site reps as your first line of support for any needs that arise.


Thank you for all who participated in the 2022 EPEA/EPPEA election opportunity on February 28th, 2022. Congratulations to the following individuals confirmed as elected for their respectful positions:

Executive Board: 3-year terms

President: Dominic Kirkpatrick

Vice President: Nate Gabel

Treasurer: Brent Bovitz

Building Site Representatives: 1-year term

Little Eagles Preschool: Theresa Thum

Cedar Ridge: Sara Nelson and Kadee Ruhland

Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion: Marisol Alcazar Gerszewski and Natalie Richard

Eden Lake: Jenn Boyko and Mike Woizeschke

Forest Hills: Paul McKay

Prairie View: Jessica Premo and Emily Salley

CMS: Susan Michael, Marcus Moten, and Kristen Strauss

EPHS: Jill Boyd, Charles Cooper, Dan Hennen, Joanne Peterson, and Carol Snyder

Delegates to the EdMN Convention: Confirmed

Jamie Alsleben

Additional work will continue to secure building representatives for those locations that have not been confirmed at this time. VP Nate Gabel will reach out to those write-in nominations for their interest in service at the site level. In addition, Nate will reach out to those who were nominated to attend the EdMN Rep. Convention for further details and interest.


Here are the upcoming timelines to note:

Mar 4: Involuntary transfer notification

ROUND 1: (Mar 7-11) Positions open for tenured staff within the same building. Request to building principal or program supervisor.

ROUND 2: (Mar 14-18) Positions open for tenured staff between buildings. The request goes to the new building principal or program supervisor.

Mar 28: Notice of release of probationary teachers

ROUND 3: (Apr 4) Positions open for all internal and external applicants

Note: The transfer process to another position or building will likely involve an interview/conversation and managerial right of assignment.

Supporting MFT and SPFE: Education Minnesota and other locals from around the state are standing in support of both the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) and the Saint Paul Federation of Educators (SPFE) as they face negotiation barriers and have both authorized a strike. Additional information regarding each local's focus, action, and ways to support are listed below:

Saint Paul Federation of Educators: "The Time is Now" Minneapolis Federation of Teachers: Bargaining Priorities, Petition, More information


The week of April 18-22 is our Union Week: "Strengthening our Community." During this week, EPEA/EPPEA members can donate food, specifically tailored to summer family needs. Look for donation ideas in the near future. Donations will be delivered to EP's PROP.


Also during our Union Week: Strengthening our Community," EPEA/EPPEA will be collecting donations for the EPEA Scholarship Fund, in hopes to expand our impact for seniors pursuing a career in education. As an added bit of fun, all those who donate toward the scholarship fund will be entered into a prize raffle: Gift cards, products, and experiences. Huge thanks to Linda Enck for the coordination and planning that is going into April 18-22 festivities!


On Wednesday, April 20th, your contract negotiators will host a Zoom listening session as to what contract items you would like to see improved in the next round of negotiations. Please look for reminders to "Pop-in" to the session as time grows nearer.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy March!


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