Red River United

A proud union serving teachers and school employees in Bossier, Caddo, and Red River Parishes. Red River United is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT).

The Caddo, Bossier, and Red River Parish Teachers & School Employees have come together under an umbrella organization with a new title– “Red River United, Local 4995.”

The three groups worked on the idea for a while, and they say it makes sense to join together. President of the Caddo Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel Jackie Lansdale said, “Although we serve different locations on the

Operating as usual

Photos from Red River United's post 08/11/2021

We were beyond thrilled to donate more than 500 backpacks, school supplies, and books to students in Bossier Parish! Thank you to 318 Latino and Bossier Parish School Board for partnering with us to help start this school year with smiling faces!

08/09/2021
08/06/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 6, 2021

BOSSIER CITY – The Red River United has partnered with the Bossier Parish School District and 318 Latino to provide a free back to school event for residents of Bossier Parish.

The event will provide both English and Spanish speaking community members information about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including details on safety mitigation measures like masking and vaccination. Free backpacks, books, and school supplies will be available for children. District staff will be on hand to help with school registration and educators will be there to meet families attending their school.

Red River United (RRU) is the largest union local in Louisiana, representing teachers and school employees in Bossier, Caddo, and Red River Parishes. RRU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

WHAT: Getting Back-To-School Safely: Coming Together for a Healthier Year

WHO: Red River United, Bossier Parish Schools, 311 Latino

WHEN: Monday, August 9, 2021
2 P.M. – 4 P.M.

WHERE: Bossier Instructional Center:
2719 Airline Dr.
Bossier City, LA 71111

CONTACT: Jackie Lansdale, RRU President: 318-518-4581, [email protected]

Event will include opportunity for photos, video & audio recording, as well as individual interviews with Union leadership and community partners.

Use our QR code to join RRU TODAY!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 6, 2021

BOSSIER CITY – The Red River United has partnered with the Bossier Parish School District and 318 Latino to provide a free back to school event for residents of Bossier Parish.

The event will provide both English and Spanish speaking community members information about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including details on safety mitigation measures like masking and vaccination. Free backpacks, books, and school supplies will be available for children. District staff will be on hand to help with school registration and educators will be there to meet families attending their school.

Red River United (RRU) is the largest union local in Louisiana, representing teachers and school employees in Bossier, Caddo, and Red River Parishes. RRU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

WHAT: Getting Back-To-School Safely: Coming Together for a Healthier Year

WHO: Red River United, Bossier Parish Schools, 311 Latino

WHEN: Monday, August 9, 2021
2 P.M. – 4 P.M.

WHERE: Bossier Instructional Center:
2719 Airline Dr.
Bossier City, LA 71111

CONTACT: Jackie Lansdale, RRU President: 318-518-4581, [email protected]

Event will include opportunity for photos, video & audio recording, as well as individual interviews with Union leadership and community partners.

Use our QR code to join RRU TODAY!

[07/28/21]   FYI for vaccinations!

Friday, August 6
4-7 p.m.
Airline High School parking lot (facing Airline Drive)

Saturday, August 7
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Airline High School parking lot (facing Airline Drive)

This location will also serve as a drop-off for school supplies as part of the United Way Fill the Bus effort.

07/28/2021

Cedric Choyce's speech at the CPSB meeting last night:

"Good evening, President Albritton, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Board, Dr. Goree. I am Cedric Choyce, Legislative Director for the Red River United. I just returned from the Legislative Session. And, while there were some accomplishments, unfortunately, we have still not solved the problem of unequal treatment of support employees when it comes to extended sick leave. Be assured, we will be working with our local legislators this year to make this a reality in the next session. We encourage you to work with us on that. This will be that year.
Of course, also on our legislative agenda in the short term is the special school board election. We will certainly be visiting with candidates in the very near future to ensure there is an alignment of goals with the teachers and school employees of the Red River United.
We look to the board to raise our collective conscience to treat all employees with dignity and respect. For example, the pay schedules for support employees transferring from other districts should reflect years of service just as they do for every other classification. Currently, the transferring support employee begins at zero regardless of service in other districts.
School site support employees shall not be required to take a non-paid lunch and be told they cannot not leave campus during that non-paid lunch. A principal or administrator who has harassed an employee shall not get automatic favored status over the affected employee.
For teachers, more disciplinary interventions are needed. As we begin the new year, every school needs ready access to mental health providers.
Board members, we want to begin this year moving forward away from the issues that divided us last year. Let’s all open our minds and hearts so that every voice is heard, so that no one fears speaking out.
Finally, our boys and girls have had a normal school life taken from them for these past 18 months. That is a tragedy. We cannot fix that, but we can usher in a path to normalcy. That path is every child in school in person and all year long. Everyone must take personal responsibility by recognizing this is not a ME thing but a WE thing. We stand in support of this administration in working to provide every child with a return to a NORMAL school year for all of students."

Cedric Choyce's speech at the CPSB meeting last night:

"Good evening, President Albritton, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Board, Dr. Goree. I am Cedric Choyce, Legislative Director for the Red River United. I just returned from the Legislative Session. And, while there were some accomplishments, unfortunately, we have still not solved the problem of unequal treatment of support employees when it comes to extended sick leave. Be assured, we will be working with our local legislators this year to make this a reality in the next session. We encourage you to work with us on that. This will be that year.
Of course, also on our legislative agenda in the short term is the special school board election. We will certainly be visiting with candidates in the very near future to ensure there is an alignment of goals with the teachers and school employees of the Red River United.
We look to the board to raise our collective conscience to treat all employees with dignity and respect. For example, the pay schedules for support employees transferring from other districts should reflect years of service just as they do for every other classification. Currently, the transferring support employee begins at zero regardless of service in other districts.
School site support employees shall not be required to take a non-paid lunch and be told they cannot not leave campus during that non-paid lunch. A principal or administrator who has harassed an employee shall not get automatic favored status over the affected employee.
For teachers, more disciplinary interventions are needed. As we begin the new year, every school needs ready access to mental health providers.
Board members, we want to begin this year moving forward away from the issues that divided us last year. Let’s all open our minds and hearts so that every voice is heard, so that no one fears speaking out.
Finally, our boys and girls have had a normal school life taken from them for these past 18 months. That is a tragedy. We cannot fix that, but we can usher in a path to normalcy. That path is every child in school in person and all year long. Everyone must take personal responsibility by recognizing this is not a ME thing but a WE thing. We stand in support of this administration in working to provide every child with a return to a NORMAL school year for all of students."

[07/16/21]   PAY RAISE - BOSSIER

Bossier teachers and school employees will receive a pay raise this coming school year. The state allocated $400 for classified and $800 for certified. The Bossier Board voted to double that adding it to the salary schedule. That will be $1600 for certified and $800 for classified.

The Bossier Board also voted to approve $1million from BEEF. That is the funding stream created by Foster Campbell, our current Public Service Commissioner. It is the interest from the horse track and casinos. It can only be used for classroom enhancements.

06/30/2021

RRU will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

RRU will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

[06/30/21]   Professional Organization Meeting Update - Caddo
**ISS Coordinators will be offered benefits if that is their choice - some are substitutes and may choose otherwise.
**Clericals work 8 1/2hrs and are paid for 8hrs (1/2hr lunch with no pay). This is under review.
**Classified personnel transferring into the district currently do not receive compensation for experience. This is under review.
**No more Covid days unless you are vaccinated and test positive. Those who remain unvaccinated will use sick days.
**The district is waiting for further direction from the state regarding Covid protocols for the upcoming year. We will update on this.
**Air Quality - Asst. Superintendent Patrick Greer Update
District Practices
• ASHRAE guidance stressed increasing the number of fresh air exchanges throughout the building/facility, so we set up our systems to complete 2-3 exchanges prior to staff’s daily arrival, and another 2-3 exchanges after staff’s departure. As of this point, ASHRAE has relaxed expectations on the departure end, but staff is recommending that we will continue this practice.
• Preventative Maintenance Schedules keep the systems operating at optimum levels (i.e. filter exchanges, Freon refill, monthly audits on efficiency, etc.) *Our charge is to minimize the time that systems are down in reactionary situations.
• HVAC upgrades as far back as 3 years ago began incorporating Bipolar Ionization components, which helps ensure more efficient handling of the incoming air. (An added benefit is the impact that it has on air purification by reducing contaminants.) *We will continue with HVAC upgrades and explore the cost effectiveness of retro-fitting older units.
*Realizing that no single mitigation effort outweighs another, our air quality practices combined with other prescribed mitigation measures and increased vaccination rates, will maximize our efforts to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading in schools.
****STATE PAY RAISE - It will be in two lump sums - 1/2 in September and the other 1/2 in November.

[06/23/21]   Do NOT apply at AMI! AMI is a Caddo charter school. Three AMI teachers recently applied in Caddo and were hired. When they turned in their resignation, AMI immediately cut off all pay. We have reached out to Caddo (since it is their charter) and have asked them to intervene. Until this is rectified please discourage anyone from applying there.

[06/21/21]   STIPEND OPPORTUNITY IN BOSSIER -
Rusheon Middle is offering significant stipends for Highly Effective and Certified Teachers. If you are Certified only, it will be $2000. If you are both, you can expect an extra $5000 in September. This is not limited to any specific subject. There are openings in subjects/grades and coaching. Transferring teachers should apply in the Bossier Application Portal.

06/18/2021

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States. On June 15, 2021, the Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday; it subsequently passed through the House of Representatives by a 415–14 vote on June 16.

RRU will be closed Monday, June 21st.

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States. On June 15, 2021, the Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday; it subsequently passed through the House of Representatives by a 415–14 vote on June 16.

RRU will be closed Monday, June 21st.

[06/04/21]   Hey Caddo Parish Administration, are you enjoying your day off? Don’t worry about anything because we are fielding all your calls about your colossal mess up on the Attendance Supplement. Of course, we are not surprised because we have dealt with all your failures to get regular pay right. Please enjoy your day.

06/02/2021

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Thank you Rep Gary Carter Jr. for taking up HR 133 and HCR 107 to make sure that SLT's can't be used in teacher evaluations after this incredibly difficult year!!
#lalege #laed

🚨 Write to the Senate Education Committee: HB 411 05/26/2021

🚨 Write to the Senate Education Committee: HB 411

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🚨 Write to the Senate Education Committee: HB 411 House Bill 411 by Representative Hughes seeks to revamp school discipline procedures. While we can all support sensible, transparent and progressive discipline practices, we need to take measures to ensure that school employees and students are safe through that process. As it stands, this bill will...

Week 6 in the Legislature 05/22/2021

Week 6 in the Legislature

Week 6 in the Legislature REC Recognizes Additional MoneyOn Tuesday, the Revenue Estimating Conference met to consider economic projections from economist who determined that the state has more money than previously thought. They increased their revenue projections for both this year and next by hundreds of millions of dolla...

05/18/2021

LFT will continue to push the Louisiana legislature to use additional funding to increase raises for teachers and school employees!

We can and should match the pay increase seen in 2019 ($1000 for teachers and $500 for school employees), if not exceed it! Now more than ever, if we want to keep our dedicated teachers, we have to show them that their service is valued!!

#lalege

Week 5 in the Legislature 05/15/2021

Week 5 in the Legislature

Week 5 in the Legislature PLANNING TIMESenate Bill 128 by Senator Katrina Jackson was approved by the Senate Education Committee this week. This legislation would guarantee all public-school teachers 45-minutes of unencumbered planning time each day.While some districts do offer their teachers a planning period, it’s often...

05/13/2021

We are at the BPSB insurance meeting. We will keep everyone posted. Go to the RRU Action Network (members only) for more updates! We always attend meetings to make sure our members are aware of ANY changes!

We are at the BPSB insurance meeting. We will keep everyone posted. Go to the RRU Action Network (members only) for more updates! We always attend meetings to make sure our members are aware of ANY changes!

05/12/2021

Today, BESE held a Special Meeting to consider the recommendation from the legislature regarding the MFP proposal. 💰 They voted to INCREASE the pay raises in the MFP to $800 for certified personnel and $400 for classified employees, which matches the recommendation from the legislature and what currently exists in the state budget bill.

While still inadequate, this is a step in the right direction from what was originally proposed by BESE and the Governor's office. LFT will continue to fight in the legislature for higher pay increases for teachers and school employees.

05/10/2021

First Book Marketplace

First Book Marketplace is a great way to collect resources that you need for your classroom. This is another benefit that you gain access to for being a member of RRU.

"First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. First Book aims to remove barriers to quality education for all kids by making everything from brand new books to school supplies, basic needs items, digital learning resources, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 500,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need."

First Book Marketplace The First Book Marketplace offers thousands of brand new, deeply discounted books and educator resources exclusively to schools and programs serving kids and teens in need.

[05/07/21]   For more updates, go to our RRU Action Network group page! (members only)

05/06/2021

We are currently at the BPSB meeting. Updates to come soon! Discussing money and budget at the moment.

We are currently at the BPSB meeting. Updates to come soon! Discussing money and budget at the moment.

05/06/2021

🚨🚨🚨click below!!

🚨 Tomorrow the Senate Education Committee will consider Senate Bill 117 by Sen. Gregory Tarver. LFT worked with legislators to develop this legislation to prevent SLTs from being used in teacher evaluations this year.

Ask the Senate Education Committee to VOTE YES on SB 117! https://actionnetwork.org/letters/senateed-pass-sb35

(Senate Bill 35 and Senate Bill 117 are identical. Since Senator Carter was elected to the U.S. Congress, Senator Tarver will continue the fight to remove SLTs from teacher evaluations with his bill: SB 117.)

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Red River United is a tireless advocate for our members at schools and work sites, in administrators’ offices, at School Board meetings, and through the media. We — Red River United officers, worksite leaders, and activists — represent school employees in budget battles and workplace issues. We are also the employee’s voice in public dialogue over stalled pay gains, rising insurance costs, representation rights, and any issue in which workers should be heard.

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