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Dear WTU members,
I want to thank the teachers who voted for the Elizabeth Davis Slate. It is gratifying to be re-elected as president of the Washington Teachers' Union by professionals for whom I have the utmost respect. This victory confirms that our members believe we have made substantial progress and we are on the right path.
I would like to congratulate our new General Vice President, Jacqueline Pogue Lyons and the entire Davis slate.
We have grown our full-dues paying membership by more than 2,600 teachers. We are winning grievances, including a landmark IMPACT arbitration case. And we have stood our ground at the bargaining table, refusing to accept crumbs for teachers when the outgoing chancellor earns an annual salary of $329,000.
I call on Chancellor Henderson to return to the bargaining table and finalize a contract that's fair and equitable and embodies respect for the thousands of teachers who pour their hearts and talents into educating our children. Her stalling tactics did not work and our resolve is stronger than ever to get what we deserve.
I ask all teachers to join me in building union power. When we speak with one voice, with one vision, we have the power and the unity to change the educational landscape in DC.
I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and do the job I love and was elected to do! Thank you for your vote of confidence!
Let's keep winning!
Elizabeth A. Davis, President
WTU is committed to representing every educator in the District of Columbia Public Schools