When I started working for Green Dot in 2013, I was eager to get involved in our Union. My first year working at Leadership, I was nominated and elected school site representative. As school site rep, I supported members at disciplinary meetings, attended monthly site rep meetings, and planned AMU time. In hopes to increase democracy in AMU, I created a motion to require that site reps vote on MOUs rather then just being approved by the executive board.
I served as site rep for one year and enjoyed the work so much that the following year I ran for executive board secretary. I served as secretary for the past two years. As secretary, I advocated for LA Alliance teachers and counselors in their efforts to unionize, voiced teacher concerns at executive and GD management meetings, and served on the evaluations and sustainability committees. I love this work and am passionate about it.
My vision for AMU is for our Union to become more pro-active and less reactive. I want AMU to bring issues up with Green Dot Management before negotiations and deal with them as they come. I also want AMU to provide additional supports to members of transformation schools, whose needs may be different. I want this to include additional prep time during All Green Dot Days, co-teaching, or smaller class sizes. I want the executive board to meet with transformation school teachers one-on-one so that we can better represent their diverse needs at meetings with management and at the bargaining table.
I also value action. This means that I want AMU to play an active role on all sites and on all Green Dot Committees. I also strongly believe that AMU needs to do a better job at integrating new teachers and counselors into the Union. I want this to be done at new teacher meetings at the beginning of the year or at new teacher pull out days. I want the executive board to visit all sites and have members on all committees report back to AMU. I want the executive board to visit sites quarterly and establish term limits for executive board positions.
I believe that the executive board has a very important role within the organization and must be held accountable to all AMU members. This will be done through implementing quarterly general membership meetings and visiting all sites throughout the year.