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 map, our goals are the same.”

The combined Federation is now the largest non-collective bargaining organizations in the state. "It's a great opportunity for teachers and school employees in Caddo, Bossier, and Red River Parishes to join forces," Les Landon, director of public relations for the Louisiana Federation, said. "Anything that makes our teachers and school employees stronger is always a great as we continue to see increased challenges in the coming years in both the legislature and BESE (Board of Elementary and Secondary Education)."

Operating as usual

06/02/2021

👏👏👏

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

Click to take action!

🚨 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.)

[05/04/21]   Last week we met with Bossier Admin and then the Red River Parish Superintendent. Today we are at the Caddo Board. At no point have we seen any participation from any other organization, NONE!

Ask BESE to Pass a Larger Raise! 04/29/2021

Ask BESE to Pass a Larger Raise!

⚠⚠ Click to send a letter to your BESE board member to ask for a larger pay raise!

Ask BESE to Pass a Larger Raise! Ask BESE to pass a new MFP with a larger pay raise for teachers and school employees!

Save Your Retirement: Stop Senate Bill 22 04/18/2021

Save Your Retirement: Stop Senate Bill 22

On Monday, the Senate Retirement Committee will consider Senate Bill 22. This legislation would require teachers and state employees to work until the age of 67 in order to receive their full benefit, regardless of how long they have worked. It could result in slashed benefits for future employees, casting retirees into poverty.

Save Your Retirement: Stop Senate Bill 22 Senate Bill 22 would require teachers and state employees to work until the age of 67 in order to receive their full benefit, regardless of how long they have worked. It could result in slash benefits for future employees, casting retirees into poverty. The Senate Retirement Committee will consider....

Save Your Retirement: Stop Senate Bill 22 04/17/2021

Save Your Retirement: Stop Senate Bill 22

Sen. Bill 22 would be detrimental to teacher's retirement. Can you ask the Retirement Committee vote no? https://actionnetwork.org/letters/stop-senate-bill-22
Reply STOP to quit

Save Your Retirement: Stop Senate Bill 22 Senate Bill 22 would require teachers and state employees to work until the age of 67 in order to receive their full benefit, regardless of how long they have worked. It could result in slash benefits for future employees, casting retirees into poverty. The Senate Retirement Committee will consider....

04/14/2021

Is Sexual Harassment an issue in Caddo?

As an organization, we know that is true. We also know that the system is not fair. Human Resources and the Security Department all answer to the powers that be (you know who that is), and it is in their best interest to always end the investigation with NO FINDINGS. That is why we continue to see the same people repeatedly violate (and you know who they are). Is that misogynistic? Yes, it is. If you are a victim or have been a victim of sexual harassment in Caddo, please call us, private message us or come by. It is time we join as one and bring legal action to stop this now. #METOO!

Is Sexual Harassment an issue in Caddo?

As an organization, we know that is true. We also know that the system is not fair. Human Resources and the Security Department all answer to the powers that be (you know who that is), and it is in their best interest to always end the investigation with NO FINDINGS. That is why we continue to see the same people repeatedly violate (and you know who they are). Is that misogynistic? Yes, it is. If you are a victim or have been a victim of sexual harassment in Caddo, please call us, private message us or come by. It is time we join as one and bring legal action to stop this now. #METOO!

04/06/2021

[04/06/21]   Jefferson, East Baton Rouge, Calcasieu Parish School Boards, all have either allocated or have proposed salary stipends. What makes them different than the other large district - Caddo? They included all employees.

04/06/2021

Bossier Parish supplement - across the board; no shenanigans.

Bossier Parish supplement - across the board; no shenanigans.

[04/06/21]   Webster Parish School Board April 2021 Agenda -

To consider for approval the COVID-19 Stipend Pay to all employees and static
subs as of May 1, 2021 to be distributed on May 18, 2021. The COVID-19 Stipend
Pay would be as follows: Employees-$1,000.00 Static Subs-$500.00

No shenanigans; no one left out!

03/19/2021

Why Caddo?

Come on Caddo. You can do better. Step up. Give us more and give it to all of us.
Teachers and school employees are heroes. Treat us like it.
#shameonyou

03/15/2021

Why Should ALL Caddo Employees Receive the Hero Supplement?

From a Twenty-Seven-Year Long Servant of Caddo School Children:

Dear Caddo Parish School Board Member,

I do not need a lot of money or to be hailed as a hero- those types of things are not why I started teaching over forty years ago. However, being appreciated by my Caddo family is important to me. I never thought I would live during a pandemic and have to make hard choices to not only protect myself, but to also do the right thing to help my students. This Fall, knowing how vulnerable someone like I was if they contracted COVID and face with my documented underlying medical condition, I became very anxious about going back to school. How was I going to stay reasonably safe and still honor the commitment I had made to my students?

After conferring with my family and two of my doctors, I decided to use sick leave days while a substitute was hired to in my room in my absence. During the time I was not on campus, I attended professional development, prepared daily lessons, studied how to use the new Canvas system, zoomed daily to teach my lessons, and worked on campus on Fridays when students were not present. I was not an “absent” teacher!

This has been a very difficult year for everyone. I am certain that the compromise I made to ensure my safety, while still dedicated to teaching my students, was the right choice. People with health conditions making them more vulnerable to COVID should not be punished for missing over 17 days. I am not writing so much for myself, but for all of those who have had to make the same choice for health or family. Those choices have now resulted in those people being told they are not heroes, don’t deserve any extra pay for all they have had to do, and just plain are not appreciated. Everyone in our Caddo family should not only be told they are appreciated, but they should be shown so as well. I think you can afford to pay each and every one of them attention and compensation.

Why Should ALL Caddo Employees Receive the Hero Supplement?

From a Twenty-Seven-Year Long Servant of Caddo School Children:

Dear Caddo Parish School Board Member,

I do not need a lot of money or to be hailed as a hero- those types of things are not why I started teaching over forty years ago. However, being appreciated by my Caddo family is important to me. I never thought I would live during a pandemic and have to make hard choices to not only protect myself, but to also do the right thing to help my students. This Fall, knowing how vulnerable someone like I was if they contracted COVID and face with my documented underlying medical condition, I became very anxious about going back to school. How was I going to stay reasonably safe and still honor the commitment I had made to my students?

After conferring with my family and two of my doctors, I decided to use sick leave days while a substitute was hired to in my room in my absence. During the time I was not on campus, I attended professional development, prepared daily lessons, studied how to use the new Canvas system, zoomed daily to teach my lessons, and worked on campus on Fridays when students were not present. I was not an “absent” teacher!

This has been a very difficult year for everyone. I am certain that the compromise I made to ensure my safety, while still dedicated to teaching my students, was the right choice. People with health conditions making them more vulnerable to COVID should not be punished for missing over 17 days. I am not writing so much for myself, but for all of those who have had to make the same choice for health or family. Those choices have now resulted in those people being told they are not heroes, don’t deserve any extra pay for all they have had to do, and just plain are not appreciated. Everyone in our Caddo family should not only be told they are appreciated, but they should be shown so as well. I think you can afford to pay each and every one of them attention and compensation.

03/11/2021

Why Should ALL Caddo Employees Receive the Hero Supplement?

FROM A CONCERNED CADDO PARISH TEACHER FACING LOSS AND RECOVERY:

Dear Caddo Parish School Board Member,
I am one of your employees who has continually demonstrated my commitment to the boys and girls of Caddo. I am writing to express my concern regarding the one-time supplement of $1,000 you have on your agenda for March 23rd. While this amount is far less than other districts, we are further jointly insulted that you are voting to leave employees out who missed too many days for various reasons.

In October, I watched my mother, who was a faithful substitute teacher in Caddo Parish Public Schools for over 20 years, battle and succumb to cancer during a pandemic. After saying goodbye to my mother, I was diagnosed with COVID. After overcoming COVID, my doctor informed me I needed to have a major surgery.

I have worked for Caddo for 13 years, and to know I am being excluded because I chose to mourn the death of my mother and have life saving surgery makes me feel like I am not valued as an employee or a person. Why should I be penalized for circumstances that were not under my control? How can you tell me I am important and needed in the district while at the same time excluding me from this supplement?

I have dedicated my life to Caddo Parish and my students. Please consider my story and the story of many others like me when you vote on this supplement on March 23rd because WE, the teachers and school employees, truly are Caddo.

http://redriverunited.org/why-should-all-caddo-employees-receive-the-hero-supplement-2/

Why Should ALL Caddo Employees Receive the Hero Supplement?

FROM A CONCERNED CADDO PARISH TEACHER FACING LOSS AND RECOVERY:

Dear Caddo Parish School Board Member,
I am one of your employees who has continually demonstrated my commitment to the boys and girls of Caddo. I am writing to express my concern regarding the one-time supplement of $1,000 you have on your agenda for March 23rd. While this amount is far less than other districts, we are further jointly insulted that you are voting to leave employees out who missed too many days for various reasons.

In October, I watched my mother, who was a faithful substitute teacher in Caddo Parish Public Schools for over 20 years, battle and succumb to cancer during a pandemic. After saying goodbye to my mother, I was diagnosed with COVID. After overcoming COVID, my doctor informed me I needed to have a major surgery.

I have worked for Caddo for 13 years, and to know I am being excluded because I chose to mourn the death of my mother and have life saving surgery makes me feel like I am not valued as an employee or a person. Why should I be penalized for circumstances that were not under my control? How can you tell me I am important and needed in the district while at the same time excluding me from this supplement?

I have dedicated my life to Caddo Parish and my students. Please consider my story and the story of many others like me when you vote on this supplement on March 23rd because WE, the teachers and school employees, truly are Caddo.

http://redriverunited.org/why-should-all-caddo-employees-receive-the-hero-supplement-2/

03/10/2021

Why Should ALL Caddo Employees Receive the Hero Pay Supplement?

FROM A CADDO TEACHER AND EXPECTING FATHER:

Dear Caddo Parish School Board Member,

I am writing to you in regards to the $1000.00 Hero Supplement for the 2020-2021 school year. I would first like to say that I very much appreciate the recognition for our hard work through these unprecedented times. However, I feel that the supplement amount is far too small, especially when compared to nearby districts. Furthermore, I feel that it is unjust to exclude teachers and staff who have worked tirelessly for the boys and girls of this district because they missed days of work due to extenuating circumstances.
My wife is expected to give birth via a cesarean to our second child in mid-April of this year. I will find myself in a Sophie’s Choice next month between choosing to stay home to care for my wife and children or return to work to ensure I receive the supplement that will aid in covering hospital bills. It is a crying shame that I have to decide between these two things at all.
I feel as though Caddo teachers are being punished for missing days for justifiable reasons. It is undoubtedly disparaging and discouraging to all of us, and I believe many amazing teachers and staff will begin to seek employment in neighboring districts where they feel appreciated for their hard work and commitment.
I urge every single one of you to place yourselves in the shoes of a Caddo Parish teacher or school employee. We all jumped at the chance to return to the classroom to serve our students, even when we knew the dangers and uncertainty we were faced with. Do right by the loyal employees that truly make this district great.

http://redriverunited.org/why-should-all-caddo-employees-receive-the-hero-pay-supplement-2/

Why Should ALL Caddo Employees Receive the Hero Pay Supplement?

FROM A CADDO TEACHER AND EXPECTING FATHER:

Dear Caddo Parish School Board Member,

I am writing to you in regards to the $1000.00 Hero Supplement for the 2020-2021 school year. I would first like to say that I very much appreciate the recognition for our hard work through these unprecedented times. However, I feel that the supplement amount is far too small, especially when compared to nearby districts. Furthermore, I feel that it is unjust to exclude teachers and staff who have worked tirelessly for the boys and girls of this district because they missed days of work due to extenuating circumstances.
My wife is expected to give birth via a cesarean to our second child in mid-April of this year. I will find myself in a Sophie’s Choice next month between choosing to stay home to care for my wife and children or return to work to ensure I receive the supplement that will aid in covering hospital bills. It is a crying shame that I have to decide between these two things at all.
I feel as though Caddo teachers are being punished for missing days for justifiable reasons. It is undoubtedly disparaging and discouraging to all of us, and I believe many amazing teachers and staff will begin to seek employment in neighboring districts where they feel appreciated for their hard work and commitment.
I urge every single one of you to place yourselves in the shoes of a Caddo Parish teacher or school employee. We all jumped at the chance to return to the classroom to serve our students, even when we knew the dangers and uncertainty we were faced with. Do right by the loyal employees that truly make this district great.

http://redriverunited.org/why-should-all-caddo-employees-receive-the-hero-pay-supplement-2/

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