We are seeing a new energy all across our state, for organizing our educators and public employees together into one stronger voice, and speaking out for the students and families of the state of North Dakota, whom we all serve each and every day of the week!

Members of North Dakota United from points all across the western half of our state traveled to Minot on Saturday, Feb. 23, for the first of our two Bargaining Conferences 2019. A week later, even more NDU members gathered in Fargo for our second Bargaining Conference, which started with a social from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 1, and ran from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Both conferences filled their respective rooms to capacity, and saw great engagement from all our members in attendance. Best practices were shared, and NDU staff presented on a variety of topics, to help our local associations plan, prepare and prosper during negotiations with their school boards.

Attendees at both Bargaining Conferences were given informational packets and presentations on School Finance, Contract Language, Internal and External Communications and Organizing, Bargaining for the Common Good and Talking to the Board. ND United President Nick Archuleta welcomed members to both conferences in the morning, and presented a Legislative Update during lunch for the Minot conference. NDU Executive Director Chad Oban stepped in to provide the Legislative Update for Fargo participants, as President Archuleta traveled to Grand Forks to attend a legislative forum for faculty and staff at the University of North Dakota.

“The 2019 NDU Bargaining Conferences offer our member negotiators an opportunity to learn the art of bargaining a strong Negotiated Agreement for their colleagues and themselves,” said President Archuleta. “ND United has an outstanding cadre of Field Consultants whose years of experience and expertise have served our members well over the course of many years. Whether you are an experienced bargainer or this is your first time at the table, you will learn something incredibly valuable to enhance your bargaining at the 2019 ND United Bargaining Conferences.”

Additionally, the 50 members in attendance at the Fargo conference stood together in solidarity for a special group photo, to show our union’s support for the nurses of St. Alexius CHI in Bismarck. They will be voting on unionization tomorrow and Wednesday.