AUDIENCE: CTA State & Local Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly.
REGISTRATION: Delegates will be required to register with both CTA and NEA. Registration for both CTA & NEA will open on Tuesday, May 31 and have a deadline to register by Wednesday, June 15. After the deadline there will be no registration option for in person attendance.
While NEA will have a virtual option, it is likely that it will be viewing only with no active participation in floor debate. The California Caucus will be streamed live, however, there will be no participation for those attending virtually. There will be no expense reimbursement for those who attend virtually.
NEA delegates that are not registered by the cutoff of June 15 will only be allowed to attend the RA virtually, will only be able to view a livestream of the California caucuses and will miss the opportunity to receive a paper ballot to vote.
MEETING INFO: The 2022 Annual Meeting will take place in Chicago, IL, from July 2 until July 6. Plan your travel and housing dates to arrive July 1 and depart July 7. The first California Caucus will be on July 2 at 9:00 am. The NEA RA will be July 3-6 with the California Caucus meeting each morning from 7-9 am in the California hotel. CTA will be in the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk in downtown Chicago. NEA will provide buses to transport delegates to and from the hotel to the convention center.
VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers (who are delegates) are needed to serve on the following committees: Caucus Elections Committee, California Night, Materials/Sign Carriers, Registration, Sales and State Contacts. The opportunity to sign up as a volunteer will be available in registration.
Address: 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
Group Rate: $189 + tax / night. CTA will reimburse for half all the cost of the room rate.
Booking/Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 15th (HARD DEADLINE)
Booking Method: The CTA room block will only be accessible via the link CTA will send to delegates via the CTA RA email newsletter. All delegates will make their own room reservations. Due to COVID-19 protocols, CTA will not be able to pair roommates. Delegates may choose to share with someone they know and indicate that when booking at the hotel, via the provided booking link.
- Double Bed/Rollaway Bed Details: The Sheraton Grand Chicago (and all the hotels in the Chicago area) are limited in double bed availability over the RA dates. If you are unable to reserve a double bedded room, the Sheraton can provide a complimentary rollaway bed upon request when you book your hotel reservation.
Housing Changes / Delegate Room Updates: If you need to make adjustments to an existing reservation made in the CTA block (be it delegate name change or other updates), please make those directly with hotel by calling 312-464-1000. We do not recommend cancelling your room if you just need to change the name on the reservation to another delegate.
NEA Pre-Conference Attendees: If you are attending an NEA pre-conference, then you will need to book your pre-arrival hotel dates through that pre-conference rooming block with a departure on Friday, July 1. The CTA Caucus rooming block at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk is ONLY available starting Friday, July 1. Unfortunately, the hotel does not have any availability before July 1st.
Fees & Funding
- CA State & Local Delegates – $30 per delegate
- Guest Tickets for CA “Night” – $55 per guest
All delegate and guest fees must be paid with a credit card when you register.
Funding for Local Delegates: Local delegates should arrange funding, if any, through their local chapters.
Funding for State Delegates: CTA will meet in-person and will fund State Delegates a maximum of $3,000 (increased from $2,300 by action of the May State Council) for covered expenses with appropriate receipts attached to the Member Expense Statement. There will be no funding for State Delegates that choose to attend virtually. Covered expenses include half the cost of the room rate each night, travel costs, meals, etc. Details about what is covered will be in future emails and can be found in Standing Rule 1-7. State delegates may apply for an advance of $1,200. This request must be received by the CTA Governance Support Department no later than 5pm on Friday, June 17, 2022. The form to request an advance can be found here.
Health & Safety Policies
All in-person delegates must meet the NEA Health & Safety Guidelines in order to attend the NEA RA & California Caucus in-person.
NEA confirmed their Health & Safety policies for the NEA-RA. Directions on how to use the Return Safe app are available to view HERE. The California Caucus Meetings will follow the same NEA guidelines. Key details are noted below:
- Requiring attendees to wear a KN95 or N95 mask or an equivalent in the event space unless eating or drinking
- Decreasing the density of gatherings
- Encouraging people to wash or sanitize their hands frequently
- Requiring people to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations (meaning all recommended doses in a primary COVID-19 vaccine series plus one additional booster when eligible)
- Requiring attendees to provide a negative COVID antigen test on the day of the event and every third day thereafter
RA Updates & Documents
Documents related to the California Caucus Meetings will be linked here as they become available:
Documents related to the NEA RA will be linked here as they become available:
Architecture River Cruise Boat Tour
Saturday, July 2 (Choice of 1 Time Slot)
- 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
- 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
- 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
- 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
The CTA Board of Directors’ California “Night” activity will be held the afternoon of July 2 so as not to conflict with the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner.
Delegates will have the option to choose 1 complimentary boat tour time slot within registration. Delegates may also purchase 1 additional guest ticket at $55.
NEA Resolutions Elections
Elections will be held for the California Resolutions Committee Members at the 2022 NEA RA.
Open Seats – CA Resolutions Committee Members:
- Districts 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13; term of office is September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2025
Open Seats – CA Resolutions Committee Alternates:
- Districts 1 and 14; term of office is September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2025
The Resolutions Committee is responsible for preparing proposed resolutions for adoption and presenting them to the Representative Assembly. Only credentialed delegates are eligible to be candidates.
This year’s NEA Resolutions Committee meetings will be held on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2. The meetings are scheduled to be in person with a virtual option.
In order to provide those delegates who are employed in Districts 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13; and the vacant alternate seats for Districts 1 and 14 with the opportunity to run for the NEA Resolutions Committee from California, the following procedure has been adopted:
Click here to file a Declaration of Candidacy form for the NEA Resolutions Committee. Deadline to file is July 2 at 5 pm, CDT.
Any forms received in the CTA Governance Support Department by this date will be taken to Chicago and turned in at the podium area before the California Caucus ends on July 2. Submission time has been extended to 5pm, in the CTA Office, on July 2.
The period for filing a declaration of candidacy form shall begin with the mailing of this pre-convention NEA RA Delegate Newsletter and end at 5pm on July 2. Resolutions Committee members will be elected to three-year terms in accordance with NEA Standing Rule 7B. When a Resolutions Committee member serving a multi-year, term is not subsequently elected as a state or local delegate to an upcoming NEA RA, their service will end when the Resolutions Committee concludes its summer meeting prior to the NEA RA. This will result in an unexpired term. In the event of a vacancy by resignation or other inability to serve, the alternate shall complete the Committee member’s term of service. An election to complete the term of the alternate will be conducted at the next NEA RA.
The California Caucus shall elect as many members to the NEA Resolutions Committee as there are NEA State Directors for California using the same geographical boundaries as provided for electing NEA State Directors. A candidate shall be employed in the area to be represented. Caucus members who have had an opportunity to vote for and to elect Resolutions Committee members at either the NEA-Retired or NEA Student Program representative assemblies are ineligible to vote for Resolutions Committee members elected by the California Caucus.
The deadline to submit a Declaration of Candidacy form online is 5pm on July 2.
The election shall be handled in accordance with the following procedures:
- Ballot Order. After the deadline for submission of declaration of candidacy forms, the order on the ballot shall be established by listing the candidates within each district using the “CTA Elections Alphabet.”
- Statement of Qualifications. Candidates shall be afforded the opportunity to submit a written advance statement of qualifications not to exceed 30 words, which shall be compiled for all candidates and distributed to the Caucus. At the established time, all candidates who have met the filing deadline shall also be afforded the opportunity of making an oral statement to the Caucus, not to exceed one minute (write-in candidates not included). These statements will be made in the same order that the names of the candidates appear on the ballot.
- Requirements for Election. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes in each district shall be elected as members of the NEA Resolutions Committee from California. The candidate receiving the second highest number of votes from each district will be the alternate. The election shall be by plurality vote.
The ballot and counting procedures for electing Resolutions Committee members are as follows:
- Printing of Ballot and Instructions. The CTA Secretary-Treasurer shall provide for the printing of the ballot and instructions for the Elections Committee.
- Distribution of Ballots. Voting will be electronic and ballots will be emailed to the email address used to register for the RA.
- Prohibition on Campaigning. While the voting window is open, there shall be no campaigning by the candidates or others.
- Counting and Observers. Votes will be tabulated electronically by the Simply Voting.
- Tellers Report. The Chairperson of the Elections Committee shall prepare the Tellers Report, which shall also be signed by members of the Elections Committee as verification of the results.
- Announcement of Results. After completion and verification by the required signatures, the Tellers Report shall be immediately given to the Caucus Chairperson for announcement of the results to the Caucus. The official election results shall include the number of votes.
- Report to NEA. The CTA President shall be responsible for reporting the election results to the NEA.
Governance: For questions regarding NEA RA program and delegate information, please contact CTA Governance Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-552-5300.
Registration & Housing: For questions regarding NEA RA housing registration, please contact Heather Worsham in the CTA Conference Coordination Center at email@example.com or 650-552-5355.