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Lisa Haynes

Member At Large Elementary

What position are you running for in the WTU? Elementary School Member at Large

If you are running on a slate, provide the name: WTUnity Slate

What school(s) do you work at? Bunker Hill Elementary

What is your current role at your school? First and Second Grade Inclusion Instructor

How many years have you worked for DCPS? 28

Describe your leadership experience, including what you have done in the WTU I have been a Building Representative at Bunker Hill ES since 2015. I was the Assistant Building Representative at Drew ES for 3 years. I serve as the Head of Delegation for Special Olympics at Bunker Hill ES since 2015. We are PROUD to be Washington DC’s FIRST Unified Champion School. I hold several leadership positions in my Church- Director of Vacation Bible School and Stephens Grief Minister member to name a few.

Why are you running? (Max. 1000 characters) I am running because I feel like the voices of the WTU members need to be amplified. For far too long, we have been paying dues and receiving little or no results for our investment. I am particularly bothered when put in a position where persons claim to be the “voice of the people” but they are not truthful and/or transparent. The lack of accountability and willingness to fight for the rights of our members is both sad and sickening. The Union needs dedicated people to be thoughtful, organized and relentless in building the power and momentum to make our Union members STRONG, PROUD and EMPOWERED to make a difference in our community and country. I commit to attending meetings, rallying with colleagues and supporting those who may not have the courage or strength to speak out for their self.

What is your vision for the union? (Max. 1000 characters) My vision for the WTU is that is will become a respected, strong vessel for members to be able invoke changes where needed to help build our schools and communities. The Union is not a single voice, but should be the voice of every single member. I hope that members will be inspired to take the time to actively participate in Union activities in order to ensure that we have the manpower and tools necessary to carry out the desired actions to improve and strengthen the bond between members and elected leaders.

If elected, what are your top 3 priorities that you would focus on to achieve your vision for the WTU? (Max. 1000 characters) 1. Membership engagement. Making sure that members know how important their voice, concerns, presence and ideas are. 2. Transparency of Leadership- making sure that leaders are accountable and truthful in their dealings. 3. Opportunities for growth- letting members know how they can be engaged and what the commitment levels are and how they can be attained.

What are your top 3 contract priorities for future negotiations? 1. Getting a fair, unbiased evaluation tool. GETTING rid of IMPACT! 2.Maintaining a current contract at ALL times. 3. Implementing bonuses for returning teachers.

What is the strategy the WTU should take to achieve that vision? Be VISIBLE, EMPATHETIC, TRANSPARENT, INVOLVED, CONCERNED, roll up your sleeves and GET TO WORK!

If elected, what is your role in achieving that vision? I will be a frontline to make sure that concerns are addressed. I will go to meetings and share information with my immediate colleagues and our schools. I will question when things are not above board and will not back down when there are unfair or unjust practices. I will cause some “Good Trouble!”

If elected, how do you see yourself working with caucuses like DC-CORE? I will work closely with caucuses like DC-CORE to ensure that I keep abreast of the current issues with and needs of the WTU members. I have in the past and will continue to support caucuses across the country by making donations and/or purchasing t-shirts, wristbands etc.

Do you believe that the WTU should organize and prepare to be "strike ready"? Yes

Lisa Haynes
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