NDEA/NDPEA Talk Merger
NDEA/NDPEA Boards Approve
Merger and Transition Agreement
On October 20, 2012, at separate locations in the state, NDEA and the North Dakota Public Employees Association (NDPEA) voted overwhelmingly to approve the Merger and Transition Agreement to form one organization to be named "North Dakota United" (NDU).
On February 2, 2013, a special Representative Assembly of the NDEA will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. at Bismarck's Radisson Hotel to ratify a Constitution and By-Laws for the newly merged organization, North Dakota United (NDU).
The agreement requires a two-thirds vote of delegates attending the Representative Assembly. In order to get as many delegates as possible to this Representative Assembly the Association is providing busing (see box in this issue). The NDPEA will also be voting to merge at the same time and location.
Between now and the February 2, 2012 special Representative Assembly, the NDEA will try to provide opportunities for you to learn more about North Dakota United and how it will affect you as a member. We've already conducted five regional information meetings around the state throughout November and into December. Eventually, we will be hosting on-line web conferences where members can log on at home and learn more about the merger. And, all the documents of Unity are posted at www.ndea.org/about/. Please check them out and for more information attend one of the remaining Regional Meetings. We have already conducted meetings in Grand Forks, Williston, Fargo, Devils Lake, and Bismarck.
Regional Meetings are still scheduled for:
January 9th Jamestown Louis L'Amour Elementary School Gym (4:30 p.m.)(CST)
January 17th Wahpeton Wahpeton High School Library (4:30 p.m. CT)
If you are not able to attend these Sessions, please check out Events on this site for Webex meetings scheduled through January.
"One strong premise we have continually operated under in the last two years the Unity Team has labored to bring about the prospect of merger," said NDEA President Dakota Draper, "is that we either create a new organization that is better than the two organizations would be separately or we wouldn't attempt the merger. We believe we have accomplished that premise, the perspective Boards have voted for the merger, and now it's time for the members to have their say."
"North Dakota United, while retaining all of the greatest of NDEA and NDPEA, will provide new opportunities for our members," he said. "It will give a stronger voice to our members across the state as we champion high quality education and public services, enhance our professional well-being, promote democracy and social justice, and meet the challenges of the future. The decision delegates of both the NDEA and the NDPEA will be making on February 2, 2013 will be both historic and vital."
Further information on the merger is provided below.]
Regardless of the outcome of the special Representative Assembly on February 2, 2013, the Association will still be holding its regular NDEA Representative Assembly on April 13th. Members can be elected to one or both of the Representative Assemblies, so a local does not have to run two elections. Information will be sent to your Local Association Presidents shortly.
Downloads» 5 a-b NDEA_trib_ad_5.1x11.pdf
» UNIFICATION CHRONOLOGY.pdf
» Why Are We Merging.pdf