NEA-Salina February Newsletter 2017

4 Ways to #BeTheHero

NEA-Salina President Jonathan Eshnaur

  1. Do not stop being an advocate for your students! NEA President Lily Eskelsen García best summarized the vote in the United States Senate here. Now more than ever, we need to advocate for our students that attend our public schools. Keep emailing, calling, and showing up at events with our elected leaders at all levels of government.
  2. NEA-Salina needs YOU! Please contact me at if you are interested in helping develop proposals for negotiations. The negotiations team thanks everyone who completed the survey.
  3. Continue to stay engaged in the political process in Salina, Topeka, and Washington D.C.! There are many opportunities and challenges that face us as educators. While it may seem as if these challenges are insurmountable, do not give up. That is exactly what those who wish to dismantle public education want. I believe with collective action that together we can advance Quality Public Schools for Every Student!
  4. Do you donate to Kansas Political Action Committee? This volunteer fund helps elect education-friendly candidates to the Kansas Legislature and Kansas Executive branch. Learn more by clicking here.

News to Know!

Nursing Mothers: What are the requirements of school districts?

Most school districts will work with new mothers to help them through this time. However school districts are not obligated to give nursing mothers break time to express.

The rules about breastfeeding or expressing at school are confusing. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that employers have to provide break times for their employees who are breastfeeding/pumping. Schools fall under FLSA, however, teachers are exempt. The law only applies to paras, OTs, PTs, speech therapists, audiologists, school psychologist, and some librarians.

Article 1.--SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT, ACTIVITIES 65-1,248. Breastfeeding; where. (a) Breast milk is widely acknowledged to be the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infant's health, growth, immunity and development and has also been shown to improve maternal health and bonding in addition to contributing to society at large through economic and environmental gains, it is therefore the public policy of Kansas that a mother's choice to breastfeed should be supported and encouraged to the greatest extent possible. (b) A mother may breastfeed in any place she has a right to be. History: L. 2006, ch. 11, § 1; March 16.

The law boils down to the fact that mothers can breastfeed/express at school but only on your duty free lunch time. School districts do not have to provide you any breaks, however, they must provide you a space to express that is not a bathroom.

We hope you have a great spring break! Take time off for yourself to recharge!

NEA-Salina and the Negotiated Agreement

NEA-Salina SCholarship

By Katrina Paradis

Each year, NEA-Salina offers two $500 scholarships, one for an elementary teacher and one for a secondary teacher, for the advancement of an education-related degree. Applicants must be a current member of NEA and be working toward a master's degree or doctorate in the field of education. Past winners may reapply.

If you are interested, please go to the Salina Education Foundation’s page located from the Salina Education Foundation website and fill out the application. The deadline for applications is April 1.

If you have any questions, please email

2016 NEA-Salina Scholarship Awardees

Left- Schilling Elementary: Betsy Rittel, Schilling building representative, Lauren Meis, elementary awardee, and Jonathan Eshnaur, NEA-Salina President. Right-South High School: Jonathan Eshnaur, NEA-Salina President, and Nikki Chamberlain, secondary awardee.

Get to Know Your Agreement

NEA-Salina Educator Rights Advocates

The Illness and Disability Pool is open to all educators within USD 305 and CKCIE. Kari Keck, NEA-Salina Oakdale building representative, volunteers to run the pool in coordination with USD 305 Human Resources.

The pool has 250 days each school year that can be used for "serious or catastrophic illness" (Appendix A, Section B, Item 2). It is important to note that once the 250 days are gone the pool runs out of days to award for the remainder of the school year.

This year there has been high demand on the Illness and Disability Pool. NEA-Salina expects that the pool will run out of days this school year. It is important to note that the application to the pool can only be made once the a serious or catastrophic event has happened and all other leave has been used. Applications to the pool are approved in the order that applications are received by Kari.

We appreciate your understanding. As always, NEA-Salina will study the Illness and Disability Pool and negotiate any changes that the negotiations team feels necessary.

Find a copy of your NEA-Salina Negotiated Agreement here.

Have a question about the negotiated agreement? Contact NEA-Salina's Education Rights Advocates by clicking here.

NEA-Salina Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, February 14: USD 305 Board of Education Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 15: NEA-Salina Building Representative Meeting 4:00 p.m. South High Room 502.
  • Tuesday, February 28: USD 305 Board of Education Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
  • March 20-24: USD 305 Spring Break
  • Friday, March 31: Intent to Negotiate Letter Due
  • Tuesday April 4: NEA-Salina Easter Egg Hunt and Activities. More details coming soon.
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