I spent most of the day on Friday trying to track down the DISD employee in charge of the "Operation Safe Landing" job fair the DISD is holding on Tuesday. I had been told by a couple of perspective employers that they had been told that the Job Fair was full and had no more room for them. They had been told that they could fax their information to be posted, but that there was no more room "at the inn".
Unfreakin believable! This "Operation Safe Landing" is being held at the Dallas Convention Center. The same convention center that hosted the NEA's Representative Assembly (National Convention) in 2002 which had over 15,000 educators and guests from all over the United States, its territories and many countries from around the world in attendance. How can they not have any more room?
And, to add insult to injury, the Workforce Commission and Dallas ISD are charging each participating company/school district a "nominal" $35 fee to participate. They do receive a complimentary box lunch, however. Just when I thought I couldn't be surprised anymore... Guess I should have known better..
So, I called the employers back that I had spoken to earlier in the day and asked them to participate in NEA-Dallas' RIF Recovery Resources Seminars to be held on Monday, October 20 at the NEA-Dallas Building. We will be conducting rotating, concurrent seminars on resume preparation, the RIF policy, financial/retirement counseling, and providing an opportunity for participants to go online and complete applications for other school districts in the area.
These seminars are FREE and OPEN to ALL DISD employees affected by the RIF. We're not limiting participation to just NEA-Dallas/TSTA/NEA members nor or we requiring anyone to join the Association if they get a job in another district. We also are NOT charging those employers who participate with us as single penny!
The seminars will be from 10:00am through 8:00pm. Our address is 3816 San Jacinto St., Dallas, 75204. We are just across Washington on San Jacinto from the Dallas ISD Administration Building.