My name is Tom Tully, and I am running for re-election to the office of IEA Secretary-Treasurer. I have spent my entire 25-year teaching career advocating for our profession—eleven as the president of the Glenbard Education Association, five as one of your Illinois NEA Directors, and the last three as the IEA Secretary-Treasurer.
My role as Secretary-Treasurer of the IEA allows me to advocate and represent our members while reinforcing the importance of what the IEA does for everyone.
I look forward to meeting with all of you over the next year (and beyond) to continue to fight the many issues that plague our public schools.
Thriving in a Non-Fair Share World
I have had an opportunity to showcase the vast amounts of IEA resources available to all of our members. I look forward to continuing my one-on-one conversations across the state highlighting our learning portal which allows our members to participate in online professional development and to earn CPDU’s for renewal of their teaching license. I am proud to be on the frontline of the NEA’s new educators campaign which allows me to work on WHY it is so important to become and remain a member of our incredible organization.
We all know that schooling funding based almost entirely on property taxes is not an equitable way to fund schools fairly. School funding cannot and should not be based on a student’s zip code.
There is an unfortunate trend across the state and the country to outsource our union brothers and sisters to save a few bucks. My experience with outsourcing is when you have an apples-to-apples comparison of the current employees’ contract and the outsourced bid, there is very little savings (if any). The difference is that the proceeds go into the pockets of the corporations providing these services instead of into the families who live and serve in our communities.
I have experience in various areas of the IEA family. I was a para-professional for 2 years and a high school teacher for 22 years. In that time, I have bargained contracts for para-professionals (Woodridge), helped organize adjunct higher Ed faculty (Joliet JC), and assisted in organizing a wall-to-wall local (Eureka). I have a long track record for being relentless at representing and defending members’ rights.