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August 6, 2003

August Meeting Schedule

August  6 WTD-TEA Wage Briefing (King St. Center), 1-4pm
August  7 WTD-TEA Interest Based Bargaining, 8-11 a.m.
August 11 Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
August 12 TEA Business Meeting (King St. Center, 5F), 12-1pm
August 13 Council of Reps. Meeting (Elliott Bay Café), 12-1pm
August 18 Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
August 19 TEA Business Meeting (King St. Center, 5F), 12-1pm
August 20 TEA Regular Meeting (Elliott Bay Café), 12-1pm
August 25 Contract Negotiating Team, 12-1pm
August 26 TEA Business Meeting (King St. Center, 5F), 12-1pm
August 28 TR-TEA Negotiating Team meeting with legal counsel, 1-4pm
August 29 WTD-TEA Mediation, 9am-4:30pm

Nomination of TEA Board Officers

In accordance with the TEA Bylaws, elections for two Board positions will be conducted at the Annual Meeting on September 17, 2003. Nominations are now being accepted for two Board positions (Second Vice-President and Treasurer) for a two-year term and need to be turned in to Ken Madden, President, by August 26. A list of all nominees will appear in the TEA Times at the end of this month, for election and voting by the membership at the Annual TEA Meeting.

Following is a description of the duties of those two positions:

Second Vice-President: chairs the Bargaining Committee and reports to the Board and TEA body on bargaining issues and activities; assists the President as necessary; presides at TEA meetings in the absence of the President and First Vice-President;.
Treasurer: shall receive all money and receipts due TEA and place them in the TEA bank account; keep TEA funds in an account at a federally insured bank; maintain and keep current and accurate records of members' dues, levies, payments and all other financial transactions; notifies members within 15 days of their financial delinquency; be prepared to exhibit receipts and vouchers upon request for the audit of TEA records; presents to the membership at each Regular meeting an accounting of the past month's financial transactions to provide accountability and justification of any disbursements of the TEA funds.

County Offers Training for Mediations

An annual training opportunity is available next month to prospective mediators.  King County's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program, which is administered by trained volunteers from the Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group (ILCRG), will be offering Basic Mediator Training twice next month: 9/16, 17 & 18, and 9/22, 24 & 25.

The ADR Program relies heavily on trained volunteers from member organizations to fulfill its mission of conflict resolution. TEA has benefited from the program in the past; the program was instrumental as TEA gained recognition in 2001. Due to our diverse training and experience, our association membership is uniquely qualified to give back to the ADR Program by volunteering to become trained mediators.

For more information on the ADR Program, browse to www.metrokc.gov/adr/, or check with other TEA members who have attended prior training: Sue Hennig, Gary Ikeda, Mika Kaplan, and Marc Dallas.

Informational Materials being developed

Some TEA members are working on developing informational materials to distribute to current and new TEA members, management, King County Council, to name a few. Some of the categories identified thus far include: history of TEA, member benefits, collective bargaining process, contract proposal evaluation guidelines. If you are interested in helping to develop this information, contact Pete LeTourneau (684-1364).