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Brooke Harvey is at Werner Park ready to show our appreciation for our members! #itsstartingtosmelllikesummer
RRU is out and about today! Cedric Choyce is visiting Green Oaks and gifting Head Custodian Lee Robinson with a treat. #itsstartingtosmelllikesummer
Happy Birthday to our Membership Director, Brooke Harvey! She is out in schools today to bring a little cheer and appreciation to the members of Red River United. 🥳☀️
Orlisa Nash-Johnson and Brooke Harvey are at Claiborne Magnet.
Brooke is at Cherokee Park this morning to greet members of RRU and to make their week a little brighter ☀️ #itsstartingtosmelllikesummer
Thank you to all the voters who showed up for our teachers and school employees and voted for the millages. Thank you for showing up.
When the pandemic hit, we showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote FOR the Millages.
We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.
We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.
We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.
We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

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

05/17/2022

Let's Be Perfectly Clear

Caddo Elementary and Middle- the extra 5 days are not mandatory.

Regardless of what your principal is telling you, you do not have to report.

The five days are funded by federal dollars called ESSR.

They are not recurring and are not part of your permanent salary schedule.

As the superintendent told us, they are to be treated like summer school.

If you choose to come, you will be paid at your daily rate of pay.

If you choose not to come, you will not and cannot be penalized.

We heard today that those transferring will not be considered a part of the school they are transferring to until after the five days. This makes us wonder which year will be used to calculate the daily rate of pay.

Finally, tomorrow, there are two meetings, Finance and Regular session. In the Finance meeting, Board member, Terrence Vinson, will ask the committee to add additional funds to the daily rate of pay to encourage staff to attend the five extra days since the days are voluntary.
That meeting is at 3pm. We will be in attendance.

Senate Finance Fails to Increase Teacher & School Employee Raises 05/17/2022

Senate Finance Fails to Increase Teacher & School Employee Raises

Senate Finance Fails to Increase Teacher & School Employee Raises On Sunday afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee met to deliberate and approve the budget bill, along with supplementary appropriations legislation. The Minimum Foundation Program, which is the funding formula for Louisiana public schools, is a part of the $39 million budget discussed on Sunday. Th...

05/12/2022

RRU is at Southern Hills today to show our appreciation to the Viking staff! Happy Thursday! 😄 Brooke Harvey

05/11/2022

Full membership meeting tonight at 5:00 at the RRU Office.

05/10/2022

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House Bill 819 just passed the House Education Committee without objection. Thank you Rep. Jefferson for carrying this bill for Rep. Cox, who is out with an injury.

Tell Your Legislators: Use Additional Revenue for Teacher & School Employee Raises 05/09/2022

Tell Your Legislators: Use Additional Revenue for Teacher & School Employee Raises

Tell Your Legislators: Use Additional Revenue for Teacher & School Employee Raises On Monday, May 9th the Revenue Estimating Conference met to review and revise the Official Revenue Forecast for FY22 and FY23 as well as recognize FY21 year-end balances. The REC recognized an additional $350 million in revenue for this year (and $104 million for next year). Now, the question is: ho...

Photos from Red River United's post 05/04/2022

Brooke Harvey is at Werner Park ready to show our appreciation for our members! #itsstartingtosmelllikesummer

05/04/2022

RRU is out and about today! Cedric Choyce is visiting Green Oaks and gifting Head Custodian Lee Robinson with a treat. #itsstartingtosmelllikesummer

Pay Raises for Teachers and Staff 05/03/2022

Pay Raises for Teachers and Staff

https://redriverunited.org/pay-raises-for-teachers-and-staff/

Pay Raises for Teachers and Staff On Wednesday, April 23rd the House Education Committee considered and approved HCR 23(Harris), which is the legislative instrument for the Minimum Foundation Program. HCR 23 reflects the MFP exactly as it was proposed by BESE. It includes a $1,500 pay raise for certified personnel and $750 for...

05/03/2022

Happy Birthday to our Membership Director, Brooke Harvey! She is out in schools today to bring a little cheer and appreciation to the members of Red River United. 🥳☀️

Brooke is at Cherokee Park this morning to greet members of RRU and to make their week a little brighter ☀️ #itsstartingtosmelllikesummer

05/03/2022

Orlisa Nash-Johnson and Brooke Harvey are at Claiborne Magnet.

05/03/2022

Brooke is at Cherokee Park this morning to greet members of RRU and to make their week a little brighter ☀️ #itsstartingtosmelllikesummer

05/01/2022

Thank you to all the voters who showed up for our teachers and school employees and voted for the millages. Thank you for showing up.

04/28/2022

When the pandemic hit, we showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote FOR the Millages.

04/28/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/27/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/27/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/27/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/27/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/27/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/27/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/27/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/27/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/23/2022

We showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us. Vote to Renew the Millages.

04/21/2022

New Profile Photo!

On April 30, 2022, voters will have the opportunity to renew property tax millages to continue to fund basic operations of the school system. Show your support for the upcoming Caddo and Bossier Millage votes by changing your Social Media profile photo to this one.

Throughout the pandemic, teachers showed up for your children. On April 30, show up for us.

03/26/2022

Election Day Today - RRU ENDORSED ERIN LEIGH WADDELL GARRETT

There are two candidates for the Appeals Court. Both of these candidates are Republicans and both were found favorable by Central Trades and Labor Council. Because of this, the local organization was free to endorse. Only one of the candidates, ERIN LEIGH WADDELL GARRETT, came to RRU asking for our endorsement.
Of course, we knew something of her background and her ties to education. Yet, one of the most compelling reasons to lean in her way was the list of endorsers for the other candidate. Why did this matter? It goes back to an earlier post- supporting those who support us, Public Education and the RRU. If you take the time to look at the endorsers, you will see politicians who have sponsored legislation to hurt our school district and to target this organization in the most harmful way possible - abolish dues deductions.
As we said earlier, we would not presume to tell you to vote or who should receive your vote. We can and should tell you their record and their ties that are helpful and harmful. Now you know.
And by the way, the Appeals Court does hear criminal cases along with civil, juvenile and family court issues. The criminal cases that move to the court are the ones where there was an issue in due process in the lower court. If you are rightfully convicted or plead guilty the road ended in the lower court. As an organization dedicated to protecting everyone's process due them, it is hard to find fault with that.

You Didn't Ask 03/09/2022

You Didn't Ask

You didn't ask us.

Treat us like professionals. Let us give our input. Election Day is coming. You'll hear our voices then. We are Red River United.
https://youtu.be/gZGXqRPWmKo

You Didn't Ask You didn't ask us. Treat us like professionals. Let us give our input. Election Day is coming. You'll hear our voices then. We are Red River United.

03/02/2022

SLTs are supposed to be drafted by teachers at the beginning of each school year, based on the unique needs of their students, but in too many schools SLT targets are made without the teacher's agreement.

House Bill 363 by Representative Bryant would force schools to follow current guidelines and actually use mutually agreed upon SLTs instead of one-size-fits-all targets that do not reflect the individual needs of students.

The legislative session begins March 14th. Follow along and subscribe to the LFT action center to see updates on important legislation like HB 363!

Photos from Red River United's post 02/14/2022

We were so excited to bring books to the boys and girls of Red River Elementary today and getting to host our first “For the Love of Reading” event. What a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022! 📚🐛

A very big thank you to Superintendent Hughes, Principal Beck, and Librarian Katina Lane for helping us make this a successful event!

The State of Education I 02/14/2022

The State of Education I

The State of Education I Is Louisiana's System for Teacher Evaluations Accurate? There are many components that go into being a truly effective teacher. In Louisiana, policy dictates that two observations and an assessment score should narrowly judge the entirety of a teacher's work; every component and nuance of teaching f...

01/27/2022

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01/26/2022

Members only meeting tonight at 5:00 via Zoom. Covid, pay, and sabbaticals are just a few items on the agenda. Details have been emailed, but you can contact the office if you need log in information. 318-424-4579

01/21/2022

We are hearing that SABBATICAL RIGHTS in Bossier are in jeopardy!
What have you heard?
A Sabbatical is a professional right. The Louisiana Legislature granted it and teachers earn it. Earning a sabbatical is no easy feat. A teacher must teach 3 years continuous years (no break in service) to be granted a semester sabbatical and 6 years for 2 semesters. It can be used for academic purposes- 6 graduate hours and 9 undergraduates. The coursework must be linked to your professional responsibilities. The medical sabbatical is for the teacher’s illness only. Both pay only 65% of the teacher’s salary and the teacher must return and teach for the number of semesters of the sabbatical.
If this is true, we are absolutely flabbergasted that a 'family friendly' district such as Bossier would even entertain taking away a teacher right. Out of the 1,600 + teachers in Bossier, approximately .01% take sabbaticals! If you have heard this, have been denied or know of someone who has, let us know. We don't giveaway our rights and are ready to stand and defend.

01/21/2022

We are hearing from our members that Administration at their schools have told them that Study Sabbaticals are no longer going to be offered through BPSB. Tonight, President Lansdale spoke against the removal of this benefit and committed to defending this right with any means necessary!

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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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