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      Message from the President

June, 2019


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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu...

Twenty-one years of my life as a UniServ rep in North Central are coming to an end. I look back with no regrets and much pride in the strides that have been taken since I was hired in 1998.

Some changes over the years:

  • The starting salary in Moses Lake in 1998 was $22,282. Now it is over $45,000.
  • The starting salary in Omak in 2003 was $29, 149. Now it is over $43,000.
  • In Chelan in 2001 there were 2 days of personal leave, but their use was totally controlled by permission of the principal and superintendent.
  • In Wilson Creek in 2019 they have 4 days of paid personal leave and can accumulate to 6 days with virtually no strings attached.
  • Eastmont Para's in 1998 made $8.36 an hour - now they make $16.76 to $18.01 starting salary.
  • Quincy Secretaries started at $12.81 in 1998 and now start at $21.99.

Many improvements are in your contracts around preparation time, collaboration, control of leaves, payment for work outside the school day, length of work day and even length of work year.We, together, achieved those things. North Central has always been about the partnership of staff and governance to move the issues of our members forward on the pathway of improvement.

I have fun times ahead. I'm going to volunteer in a kindergarten classroom; do some Meals on Wheels deliveries; and travel a lot. I have a bucket list of places I want to visit in the United States before I start on Europe. A celebratory cruise to Alaska is planned with family for September.

Since I came in 1998 some great staff have come and gone: Lora Hein, Greg Wishkowski, Terry Fitzpatrick, Laine Lasker. We have all had one common belief and that was in the uniqueness of North Central and the power of the Council and individual Associations when we worked together as advocates for our members.
I challenge you to continue the good work of the last 21 years. We are North Central and proud of who we are. Never lose that!!

Saying Goodbye to Level 5 staff member Marilyn Everhart, who has served our North Central Council and its members for 21 years.



Congratulations, North Central!  

You made it to the end of yet another year and I just want to say "thank you"!  

Thank you for pushing forward on behalf of our students every day. You came in to drive, cook, clean, and educate them. You took their temperatures, read to them, and coached them. For 180 days, you were their cheerleaders when they succeeded and their sources of encouragement when they came up short. Thank you for all that you poured into our students this year, and I sincerely hope that you take some time this summer to allow others to pour into you.  Take a nap. Go on long drives. Sleep until noon. Go to the bathroom when you WANT to for crying out loud! Even though some of you may be finishing up or taking classes, make some time for yourself. You earned it!
It has been an honor and a privilege to have been your Council President these past three years and I am beyond grateful for the support and votes that have allowed me to continue to be your President for the next two years. Our Council is a unique and wonderful place and I'm looking forward to continuing this journey with you. Be happy. Be safe. Be healthy. Enjoy your summer and we'll connect again in the fall!

La Vasha Murdoch
North Central WEA UniServ Council President