Michigan Education Association

Welcome Packet for New Higher Education Members

Instructions for higher education new member welcome packet

The material in this packet is intended to assist higher education locals with introducing new MEA members to our association.

A flyer is included in each packet with space available to identify names and phone numbers of officers, staff and association advocates. Association representatives need to fill in this information for the convenience of new colleagues.

It is recommended that each local customize and supplement the packet by including a welcome letter from the local president (sample enclosed) and relevant local materials, e.g., college/university policy, the contract, employer/employee related materials. In addition, the local association PR Committee is encouraged to provide such things as Chamber of Commerce materials, promotional materials on area events, attractions, etc., discount/coupons from local merchants and any other creative "welcome to our association" goodies!

There are a number of ways to introduce new members to the association. Many higher education locals have been holding receptions, dinners and socials for new members. At that time new members are introduced to various MEA staff and/or MEA and local leaders. It is at this time that new members are presented with the packet and the MEA services are explained to them. Other ways to welcome new members could include a meeting with the area representative and other association officers.

Sample welcome letter for Faculty

Dear ___________:

On behalf of the members of the _______________Education Association, I welcome you to ______________ College/University. You've chosen a field that is exciting, challenging and demanding. There may be rough days and some disappointments, but there will also be rewarding exchanges with your colleagues and the pleasure of seeing your students grow and achieve.

I hope you'll find this packet of information useful as you start your year. And I hope, too, that you'll feel free to call on your local education association. We're here to help! No problem is too trivial or complicated: interpreting university policy, explaining your employment rights, or simply finding a late-night hamburger.

Best wishes as you start your education career with us.

Sincerely,

President
_____________ Association

Sample welcome letter for higher education ESP

Dear _____________:

On behalf of the members of the _________________Educational Support Staff Association, I welcome you to our educational team. You've chosen a job that is exciting, challenging and demanding. There may be rough days and some disappointments, but there will also be rewarding exchanges and the pleasure of seeing our students grow and achieve.

You play a very important role as part of our higher education family. Without you -- the doors wouldn't open, the water wouldn't flow, the heat wouldn't work, students wouldn't get extra assistance, phones would go unanswered, records wouldn't be kept, meals would get cold, and the lights wouldn't shine. Without you, education would come to a halt. So be proud of the job you do and the contribution you make to education.

I hope you'll find this packet of information useful as you start your year. And I hope, too, that you'll feel free to call on your local education association. We're here to help! No problem is too trivial or complicated: interpreting university policies, explaining your employment rights, or simply finding a late-night hamburger.

Best wishes as you start your career with us.

Sincerely,

President
_____________ Educational Support Staff Association

 

Updated: February 12, 2009 7:46 PM