Local 3616

Your President

The Eductaion Association of St. Lucie's Elected President works tirelessly with his team to ensure the most sufficient advocacy and professional opportunities are in place for all educators.

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A Message From Your President 

As your Union President, I believe my job is to create opportunities for our members to learn and grow professionally, to advocate for themselves, and to advocate for our colleagues. I believe when we learn to do that on a personal level, it empowers us to stand together when necessary and advocate for ourselves, our profession and our students.

Our strength as a union is in our people, and in standing together through thick and thin. Our union is the first, best “one for all and all for one” organization. Individually, each of us is strong but easily ignored.  Together, we are a force to be reckoned with, a force for change, a force for our profession, and our students.

As an educator from a family of educators, I believe what you believe about public education; I want what you want for yourselves and your students. I believe that education is not about testing and cookie cutter lessons, but about students.  I believe that we deserve to work in an environment that fosters growth and excellence for all.

The Education Association of St. Lucie - Local 3616 was chartered in 1946 as the St. Lucie Classroom Teachers’ Association and hasn’t looked back since that first day. We have been a leading advocate in all aspects of public education at the local, state and national level. Our local has gained the respect of our professional union brothers and sisters and are a force to be reckoned with when we lobby legislatively—whether it is for the ability to donate sick days to colleagues or change standardized testing practices.

As your president, I look forward to continuing that legacy of strong advocacy for our profession and our members. In the coming year my priorities as your president are to:

Bargain wages, benefits, and contract language that encourages both the recruitment of outstanding employees and the retention of those employees who have made a commitment to work in St. Lucie County.

Support members at their worksites by supporting our current cadre of Worksite Leaders and to recruit new Worksite Leaders to expand our ability to advocate for our members at the worksite level. 

Promote the Union’s commitment to excellence in public education with high quality professional development, worksite leader identification and development, and ongoing local, state, and national advocacy for sound public education policy.

In Solidarity,

David Freeland 

David Freeland

Protected Educators

EASL 3616 aims to support, promote, and advocate for educators in and around St. Lucie County.

Negotiations

This number is an average representation of the negotiations we have in a given school year. 

Partners & Affiliates

Members of EASL 3616 receive member benefits offered from a variety of our Affiliates and Partners. 

Resolutions

Our members do not have to fight alone. EASL 3616 is experienced with hundreds of successful resolutions completed annually.

Cases Won

Protection and advocacy are what we provide for our members. Unfortunate instances arise, and EASL 3616 is always here to help.

Schools

We serve educators in a variety of school settings and demographics. Our members work throughout and around St. Lucie County.

CTA/CU Reps

Representatives are at every school site, and available to you throughout the day. 

Years

Education Association of St. Lucie, formerly classroom Teachers Associatio, looks forward to celebrating its 20th year soon.

Your President's

Priorities

Bargain wages, benefits, and contract language that encourages both the recruitment of outstanding employees and the retention of those employees who have made a commitment to work in St. Lucie County.

Support members at their worksites by supporting our current cadre of Worksite Leaders and to recruit new Worksite Leaders to expand our ability to advocate for our members at the worksite level.

Promote the Union’s commitment to excellence in public education with high-quality professional development, worksite leader identification and development, and ongoing local, state, and national advocacy for sound public education policy.

- E. David Freeland

We Speak Up For Educator & Student Rights

The Education Association of St. Lucie is a labor union whose purpose is to advocate for all education employees and the best public schools.

  Our Mission 

 

To work for the continuous improvement of instruction in St. Lucie County toward the end that every child obtains the best education that the community can offer.

To establish the active participation of our members in the formulation of educational policies, and to promote the highest standard of professional practices.

To advance the economic and professional interests of our members through formal negotiations with the St. Lucie County School Board.

To protect our members’ rights whenever necessary.

To guarantee our members’ rights to due process.

To make our members aware of their political responsibilities.

To cooperate to the fullest extent with the labor movement and to work for a progressive labor philosophy to awaken in all members a labor consciousness and a sense of solidarity with labor.

To seek relationships with other organizations to promote the public school system.

To promote education as a social agent for developing the capacities of the young, for enlightening adults, and for working toward a society motivated by the ideal of service and democratic participation.

To serve as the leader in protecting the significance of public education in Florida and advancing both quality and equality in the public education system.

 

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