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This is page with the minutes: http://www.oswego.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=716
2018-19 OCTA Meetings 
Message from NEW OCTA President, Carrie Patane
Greetings OCTA Membership!

I am eager to take on this new role and look forward to working with all of our members to unite us even further despite the results of the recent Janus case. Our union needs YOU in order to remain strong. A union works for its members not only bargaining fair contracts, but fighting for human rights. The contract we have in place has been earned over time through hard work, perseverance and dedication.

I greatly appreciate all of the work that went into creating the Oswego Classroom Teachers Association and the bargaining that has transpired to bring about such a strong contract. We all should be very proud of the benefits and employment rights we currently have. I will work hard to follow in the footsteps of our previous leaders and to continue to advocate for all of your rights.

I repeat, however, that a union is nothing without YOU.

We must be UNITED and we must stick together. A harm to one is a harm to all. YOU are a part of this union too and it is YOUR voice that must be heard. We all must work to get involved. Please send agenda items and concerns to your liaison representative. Speak with your building representatives face to face and let them get to know you so they can best represent your thoughts on issues that matter the most to you. Wear your OCTA apparel and show your support for our union. Take part in committees or building meetings. Without a strong union, anti-union forces think they can seize this opportunity to convince our members to abandon our union which would diminish our voice in the workplace and weaken our strength at the bargaining table. With a united membership, we have the power to exercise and protect our rights, to defend what we value, and to give our members a voice. We have the power to advocate for higher wages, quality healthcare, and a secure retirement. I look forward to working with each of you to protect our rights, further our profession, and to advocate for fair

In solidarity,
This is Carrie Patane's first year as OCTA President. Carrie has taught in the district for close to 25 years. About the union Carrie comments: "It gives me great satisfaction to be a part of something bigger. I feel I am having a positive impact on our profession."
Jenn Cahill has been a part of  your OCTA Board of directors for 13 years now, serving as leader of political action and external public relations. Mrs. Cahill says that the Oswego 
students are her first love, but that she also enjoys working with teachers.
OCTA treasurer Mike Patane brings his 19 years of math teaching experience and his love of numbers to your Board of Directors. Mike has been actively involved with your union for 13 years now. His numeric prowess is unmatched. Mike teaches 8th graders at the Oswego Middle School.
Kim LeRoy took over as OCTA grievance chair in 2018. Kim has worked for the OCSD for over a decade. Kim is currently the building librarian at  Minetto Elementary where she also serves as building president. Of unions, Kim says she is proud to help teachers gain a voice.
Michelle McManus took over as OCTA secretary in 2016. She is in her 20th year teaching at Leighton elementary. She has been a building rep for many years and is excited to take on a larger role within the union.
Gretchen Coakley stepped in as Negotiations Chair in 2018. Prior to this district level union position, she was a building rep and officer at Leighton Elementary. Gretchen has taught in the OCSD for 26 years. Gretchen got involved in the union to hear and share the voices of teachers striving to improve education for the students in Oswego.
This is Dan Rose’s 13th year on the OCTA Board of Directors in charge of internal public relations, new member council and website and newsletter design and distribution. Dan recognizes the importance of a strong labor union, and is working to keep the entire membership well informed.
Monthly OCTA general membership meetings happen on the second Tuesday of each month at the OCTA office starting at 4:10- 122 A West 2nd St, Oswego, NY (the old Mary Jean's Alterations).  Have a question or concern for the OCTA officers or Board of Directors? Please use the 'Contact Us' box to the right to enter your question. We will address all questions at the next OCTA general assembly meeting, and the information will be disseminated through your building president, vice president or representative (see Building Officer / Rep list).