Four delegates from the Seacoast Education Association, representing employees in Regional School Unit 13, attended the 86th annual Maine Education Association Representative Assembly in South Portland.

The weekend conference, held May 17 and 18, was an opportunity for members from education associations across the state to gather and adopt resolutions that will direct the MEA’s work for the coming year. Furthermore, the body of around 150 delegates discussed and voted on items such as the amendments to the governing bylaws, standing orders, and the 2014-2015 MEA budget.

Charles Gallagher, Doug Crossley, Kevin Martin, and Lynn Snow represented the SEA. Several speakers attended the annual assembly including the Vice-President of the National Education Association Lily Eskelsen-Garcia. Congressman and candidate for Maine governor, Mike Michaud, addressed the delegates at the evening awards banquet.

The local Seacoast Education Association has 240 active professional and educational support personnel members. These local employees work for the welfare of school children, the advancement of education, and the improvement of instructional opportunities for all. They labor to develop and promote the adoption of ethical practices, personnel policies, and standards of preparation and participation to strengthen the integrity of educational professions. Furthermore, it is the SEA’s goal to unify the education profession and to secure and maintain the salaries, wages, retirement, professional benefits and other working conditions necessary to support education as a profession.

The SEA professionals work cooperatively to educate all RSU 13 students. They are the teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, administrative assistants, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service employees, bus drivers, and others on the frontline. Throughout this challenging year in the district, these folks have persevered. RSU 13 schools have continued to thrive because of their diligence and the committed students that show up each day ready to learn, according to a news release from Seacoast Education Association.

The Maine Education Association is the largest labor union in the state of Maine with nearly 24,000 individuals making up its membership. They are an affiliate of the National Education Association, the largest labor union the country, about 2.7 million strong.