CTA President Dean Vogel proud of planning process
What do you want your CTA to look like in five years? CTA is embarking on a strategic planning process to answer that question for current and future members.
“I am proud to say we are starting down that path,” says CTA President Dean Vogel. “All members will have opportunities to be involved in critically examining who we are, exploring who we want to be, and creating a plan to get us wherever members want us to be — to ensure we are a strong, vital and relevant union for all our members into the future.”
Based on recommendations at a State Council meeting last year, CTA hired the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon to assist in this extensive process. LERC is nationally recognized for its strategic planning expertise and for its work with labor unions across the country.
“This process is going to start while we are also engaging in this political campaign to increase school funding and defend our right to be politically involved, because the two are intertwined,” says Vogel.
Vogel wants the process to engage, to be very inclusive and very transparent. “I hope you will be involved in this strategic planning process.” It may take a workgroup or a committee to decide how the process will work or a leader to facilitate discussions in local areas.
“We must not be afraid to ask ourselves the tough questions or to propose something new — even if it’s not the way we’ve done it for the last 25 years,” Vogel says. “Building this strategic plan is our opportunity to embrace new ideas, engage new members, and build the CTA we all want for our future.”