Building Full Capacity Locals

Resources and training designed to help strengthen your local association and get more members involved.

To qualify for funding, the association must take a self-assessment which will help you determine where your local  needs to strengthen. 

 

 

 


UPCOMING BFCL TRAINING!

 

3/18/15    Constitution and Bylaws

 

 

Location

Time

Link to registration

Can't Register? Contact

Local 1 MEA Office

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

fill it out online

snightingale@mea.org

At least two members from your unit need to come to this working session and bring your local documents for updating. Maryanne will lead you systematically through the necessary changes to ensure that your Constitution and Bylaws meet MEA’s legal and governance standards. Chances are great that your old documents don’t reflect the changes affecting unions over the past 4 years. Here’s your chance to get up to speed if you haven’t recently. Don’t forget to bring your local’s Constitution and Bylaws with you!

 

 

 

 

3/27/15    All-Day Advocacy Academy

 

 

Location

Time

Link to registration

Can't Register? Contact

Schoolcraft College, Livonia

8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

fill it out online

dwickham@mea.org

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4/30/15    You've Been Elected…Now What?

 

Location

Time

Link to registration

Can't Register? Contact

Flint MEA Office

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

fill it out online

Jszyperski@mea.org

Maybe you stepped into the limelight on purpose; maybe you saw that your unit needed you and there was no other choice. Either way, being an officer for your bargaining unit, especially the president, can be an overwhelming responsibility. Let Mitzi help you feel less overwhelmed and give you some tips on getting organized and moving in a positive direction. Speaking from her own experience, you will be impressed with Mitzi’s ability to utilize some of our BFCL resource books as foundations for taking charge and being successful.

 

 

 

 

5/8/15    Ladies Day at the MEA

 

 

Location

Time

Link to registration

Can't Register? Contact

East Lansing MEA HQ

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Not available at this time

dwickham@mea.org

 

 

 

 

5/16/15   Choice of: Association Rep Training or Constitution and Bylaws

Location

Time

Link to registration

Can't Register? Contact

Traverse City MEA Office

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

fill it out online

Vkelderhouse@mea.org

Description of Association Rep Training: A president can’t do it all – and shouldn’t! Knowledgeable representatives in your buildings need to be that “first face” for the union. It needs to be someone who knows the contract, engenders respect and builds confidence in the Association among his or her peers. Paula can help break down for you how to build this council of reliable and dedicated representatives leading to a strong network that protects and advances the best interest of all your members.

Description of Constitution and Bylaws: At least two members from your unit need to come to this working session and bring your local documents for updating. Maryanne will lead you systematically through the necessary changes to ensure that your Constitution and Bylaws meet MEA’s legal and governance standards. Chances are great that your old documents don’t reflect the changes affecting unions over the past 4 years. Here’s your chance to get up to speed if you haven’t recently.  Don’t forget to bring your local’s Constitution and Bylaws with you!

 

 

 

 

8/20/15    Money Matters! For Treasurers and Presidents

Location

Time

Link to registration

Can't Register? Contact

East Lansing MEA HQ

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

fill it out online

dwickham@mea.org

 

 


BFCL Resouces and Training Information for Leaders

Resource Booklets -

(download below or request copies by calling 800-292-1934, ext. 2941)

PAC Plan of Attack (PDF)- Currently being revised.

Getting Strategic -- Long-Range Planning for Local Leaders (PDF)

A Year in the Life of a Local President (PDF)

Electing your Employer (PDF)- Currently being revised.

Association/Building Representatives and Stewards -- Starting with the Basics (PDF)

Association/Building Representatives and Stewards -- Starting with the Basics -- Higher Ed (PDF)

Crisis Planning: It's never too early to start (PDF) Currently being revised.

Crisis Planning: It's never too early to start - Higher Ed (PDF) Currently being revised.

Communications 101 (PDF) 

(download below or request copies by calling 800-292-1934, ext. 2941)

Communications 101 - Higher Ed (PDF) Currently being revised.

Just Between Presidents - Generation Next (PDF)

Just Between Presidents - Parliamentary Proceudure (PDF)

You've Been Elected. . . Now What? (PDF)

Processing Gripes and Grievances (PDF)

Processing Gripes and Grievances - Higher Ed (PDF)

United We Stand . . . Coalition Building for EA and ESP Units (PDF)

Local Funding Program

There are funds available to local associations to support NEW ideas, activities and programs, especially those designed to engage newer members or increase member political awareness/engagement.

For more information contact MEA Vice President Nancy Strachan at 800-292-1934, ext. 5509.

Local Self-Assessment Tool (PDF)

Local Funding Request Form (PDF)