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Rockford Education Association staff members’ rights provided under current contract

Article 14, Section A of the REA contract prohibits any discrimination by the Board or administration against any staff member because of membership in the Association.

Any rights granted in this agreement is in addition to state statute or constitution, which allows Association member’s retirement to be paid by the district taxpayers, even though state law allows that the staff members should pay their own pension costs. More on that later.

Members may be represented by a counselor of his or her own chosing for all conferences related to transfer, demotion, suspension or dismissal. If counselor is requested, the conference must take place within 10 days of notification??

Any material placed in a personnel file requires 24 hour notification of staff member in writing, and any response by staff member must be attached to complaint for inclusion in the file.

The staff member is indemified and the board must pay to defend Association staff members of the school district against death and bodily injury, claims and suits, including the defense in court of said employee, when damages are sought for negligent or wrongful acts alleged to have been committed in the scope of employment by the employee.

Appearances in court in connection with these lawsuits will not result in the loss of wages or accumulated leave for the staff member. “Even if member is found guilty?”

ARTICLE 15 – STAFF FACILITIES

The Board and the Association mutually recognize the importance of the continuous use of adequate staff reference materials in maintaining a high level of professional performance.

In furtherance of that recognition, the Board shall endeavor to make such materials available to the schools. Each secondary school will have designated areas, apart from students, for use as a staff dining room. A minimum of one lounge, appropriately furnished, will be provided in each secondary building. Each elementary and middle school will have designated areas, appropriately furnished and apart from students, for use as a staff dining room and/or lounge.

Provisions for male and female lavatories, staff dining room, and staff lounge in the secondary; staff dining room and/or lounge in elementary and middle schools will be provided for in every future building, and in any renovation of existing buildings.

And of course, all district facilities will be tobacco free. Telephone facilities shall be made available to staff members for their reasonable use, and if confidential surroundings are required, they shall be supplied.

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