Are your colleagues questioning the value of a union? The NJREA Speakers Bureau can help!
Established in 2010, the NJREA Speakers Bureau is a group of active retirees and proud NJEA members who travel the state sharing the benefits of union membership. Through their vast knowledge of NJEA history and an array of personal experiences, Speakers Bureau members are able to offer illuminating examples of the old adage of ". . . the more things change, the more they stay the same."
Members of the Speakers Bureau are trained to address an array of audiences on a vareity of topics -- so whether your members want to learn more about the value of organizing or how a union works to support you during a difficult time, this is a resource that can help.
Interested in learning more? Email Walt Krichling at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and consider bringing the NJREA Speakers Bureau to your local or county today.
Below is #58 from the Ideas to Reach All Members thread: http://www.njea.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=33&start=50
Consider inviting retired or veteran members to share inspiring stories with members!
These members can draw on their knowledge and experience to connect events from past struggles to what members are actually experiencing today. Members may find it interesting, even inspiring, to hear some of the struggles of the past and how members from their local association rose up to the challenges and emerged successful. Many of today's members have not personally experienced the power of collective action. From time to time someone tells them a war story – a strike in ‘78 or a fiscal crises and lay-offs in ‘80 – a story about the good old days.
Invite your veteran or retired members to tell their stories in ways that are concise, accurate, and relate to changing times, changing needs, and today’s education professional.
This concept is based upon the NJREA Speakers Bureau. Here's a story about it from the January 2012 NJEA Reporter:
http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/3bf ... 3bf5b829/4
Another article on the Speakers Bureau can be found in the March 2012 issue of the NJREA Newsletter. Check it out here on page 10:
https://www.njea.org/njea-media/pdf/NJR ... 8676849917