TAWLS Blue and Red

TAWLS SOCIAL: Please mark your calendars for the next upcoming TAWLS event:
April 13th Toledo Mud Hens Game
. This event is open to all WLS staff members, our families and friends.
Click here for Mud Hen Flyer

TAWLS SHIRTS: Wear your navy TAWLS shirts to Friday, March 22, 2013.

RHINO ALERTS: Sign up to receive TAWLS alerts regarding calamity delays and days, upcoming TAWLS meetings, and other relevant information. Click here for Rhino Alert Sign-Up Instructions

FCPE: What is FCPE? Should I make contribution? For what does the money get used? If you have asked yourself these questions regarding FCPE, Click here to read the FAQ Sheet about FCPE .

TAWLS BANQUET: Save the Date! The TAWLS Banquet will be on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Conn Weissenberger Hall off Alexis.
PICTURES NEEDED: Historian Mary Ann Nowacki is in need of pictures for the banquet. These pictures can be of any TAWLS member in action during the school year. Please take pictures of teachers working in the classroom and at school or TAWLS events. Send pictures to Mary Ann at Whitmer.
TAWLS CLOTHINGThe TAWLS Store is up and running! A link to the store can be found on the TAWLS website. Members order merchandise through Monster Graphics and the merchandise will be delivered to your building. 50th Anniversary sale has been extended through the end of March. As we approach negotiations, purchasing TAWLS merchandise would be a great show of solidarity. All proceeds will go to the Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund! If they have questions contact Dana Edmonds or Heidi Hartman. http://tawls.ohea.us/
LICENSE RENEWAL FINGERPRINTING: If you are renewing your license don’t forget about fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is done by Don Palmer in the CTC on the Whitmer Campus. If you lived in Ohio for the past 5 years you only need to get the FBI completed. Otherwise you will need both. Fingerprinting can be done in the mornings between 6:00 and 7:15 and in the afternoons between 1:00 and 2:30 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and between 1:00 and 3:30 on Tuesday and Thursday. Cash, check or money order made payable to Whitmer C.T.C. is accepted. The cost is $30.00 for one or $55.00 for both. If the above times do not work for your schedule, contact Don Palmer to make alternative arrangements. Please log onto http://elearn.wls4kids.org/schedfingerprints and schedule an appointment by clicking on the white square under the day and time you desire. For your appointment, please go to the office in the Career Tech Center where Don Palmer will meet you. Be sure to have your driver’s license with you.



                                                                              50 years of TAWLS 1963-2013 “Working together for our kids”

                                                                                                          TOGETHER FOR NEGOTIATIONS 2013

Greetings Teachers- March 15, 2013

As you are aware, TAWLS will begin negotiations with the administration on Monday March 18, 2013 for the master agreement. Throughout the state of Ohio, public educators remain under attack from policies generated by the Republican-dominated majority in the General Assembly. Their attacks are unwarranted, unprofessional, and personal toward dismantling the collective bargaining achievements our state and districts have made over the last 30 yrs.

It was nearly 30 yrs ago, that TAWLS led the charge to bring professionalism, respect, and equity to the teaching profession through a strike that would later usher in a collective bargaining agreement. In October 1984, TAWLS members went on strike and now 30 yrs later, teachers in Strongsville are striking to keep these rights for education professionals across Ohio. Our history and struggles have paved the way for this generation of TAWLS to successfully pass school levies, work collaboratively with administration, and bargain contracts. We realize and respect these achievements and will remain an active and vocal association to address attacks on us from Columbus. To that end, our Executive Committee voted unanimously to send $250 to the Strongsville teachers to help in their fight for collective bargaining.

As we approach our own negotiations, keep in mind the sacrifices of the past, support the work of the current team, and remain united for the future. For the last month, your TAWLS negotiations team has been meeting often, surveying and listening to your concerns to make every effort to create an equitable, fair, and comprehensive proposal. By the end of next week, TAWLS hopes to have a tentative agreement that can be distributed early the following week that will be discussed at the April General Assembly and eventually voted on.

The time has come for TAWLS members to embrace unity across our membership. It is time to put aside any bickering or disagreements you may have with colleagues or any competition between buildings. We need to support and encourage each other for us to be successful. We are much better together than divided. Finally show your unity and support of TAWLS and our legacy of achievements by attending our social at OB’s this Friday, by purchasing an item from the TAWLS store, and wearing your TAWLS item on March 22nd.

Remember your team and remember TAWLS.

With Unity,
Christopher Hodnicki, M.Ed.
TAWLS President


Looking Through The Years Gone By…..

Just Posted:

The History of TAWLS

Written by Past President Mary Karazim (May 20, 1988)

Often in the last few years I have heard association leaders, both here at home and at the state level, lament the fact that the beginning members in the profession today have no concept of “how it was then” and how many things that we take for granted today were “won” only after hard, long struggles.  In preparing for our TAWLS twenty-fifth anniversary banquet, I researched the minutes and other documents we have.  I was present at the meeting in 1963 when it was declared that the WITA (Washington Township Teachers’ Association) was being dissolved because all it really accomplished was to have a banquet in the spring and to thank the Superintendent if some kind of a raise was given.  If we were to change our attitude and become necessarily militant, we should have a new name so that all ties to our old image would be gone.  Thus was born TAWLS …….

To read more, click on the  TAWLS History tab above!