It is important for every PACT member to understand the right to representation. This is a Constitutional right, and is NOT affected by the PCSSD’s current non-recognition of the PNA. If a member is called in to see an administrator about anything related to their job performance, or is in any kind of trouble whatsoever, here’s what to do: simply say, “I am exercising my Constitutional right to representation, and insist that _____________ be present for this discussion as my representative.” The blank should be filled in with the name of your PACT Rep. If you ARE the PACT Rep., or don’t know who your Rep. is, fill the blank with the name “Sandi Roy” instead (PACT’s Executive Director). They cannot legally proceed until your chosen representative is present. If they try to anyway, advise them to contact Mr. Paul Brewer in the Central Office. He is a top-tier PCSSD administrator who DOES understand the right to representation, and knows exactly how dangerous it is for administrators to attempt to ignore it.
Lastly, the key is this: don’t let them intimidate you. Don’t be ruled by fear. Know your rights, assert yourself, and stand up for yourself. And, obviously, if you are NOT a member, fix that quickly by joining PACT. Being a member means never having to fight a battle alone, and that, by itself, is worth the small cost of union dues.