Candidate statement at the Association Representative Council (ARC) delivered on December 12, 2017:
Good Evening, I’m Chet Miller and I’ve been a teacher for 24 years. I currently teach PE at Hollingsworth ES, but I have been a classroom teacher at various grade levels, as well as a music, theater, and and video production teacher. Although my experiences in education are vast, my constant throughout the time has been and remains my dedication to advocating for the improvements in the professional lives of educators. That is why I am running for CCEA Vice-President alongside my friend and colleague, Sarah Sunnasy.
I come to this activism through honest means. I was raised in a family of two teacher union activists in New York. My father was a union leader in the UFT and NYSUT and my mother was a powerhouse in her own right, acting as building representative and chair of the School Based Management team. They taught me at a very young age about solidarity and power in numbers, and looking out for the little guy. I was 5 years old when I carried my first picket sign and walked alongside teachers seeking better conditions. I’ve seen firsthand how collective bargaining and engagement improves the lives of educators, because I am a product of such struggles. Over their time in education, my parents fought for better salaries, working conditions, health insurance, and pensions so today they can live a comfortable retirement. I am a product of how collective action and bargaining improves the lives of those that are willing to work for it.
Watching my parents work and fight for educators is what set my moral compass and has led me to where I am today.
I am joining together with a group of dedicated educators who share a vision for CCEA. A CCEA that is more accountable to the membership and provides an honest and open dialogue with those members, and not through polls that seek the answers that they want, but through actual conversations. A CCEA that puts power back in the hands of educators and allows for greater autonomy and decisions are made by those that are doing the job. A CCEA that seeks common sense approaches to our collective bargaining and spells out what we are fighting for: A fair and equitable salary schedule that not only attracts but works to retaining those that have dedicated themselves to the students of Clark County; A focus on a means to truly address working conditions, fair evaluations and workload; A system that works to ensure that all public schools are a place where students want to learn and educators want to work; and Healthcare that is truly responsive to everybody’s needs.
It is with all these member-driven beliefs in mind that I am running for CCEA Vice-President and I ask for your support and your vote on behalf of myself and the other Clark County Educators for Change Candidates.
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