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October 1, 2007

Registration of members and guests.

Meeting called to order at 3:40 p.m.

Role call of Rep. Council

Request by President: all attending members please sign in and fill out a name tag. Loren recorded the names of all Representatives present, and reviewed the voting rules as stated in our by-laws for the benefit of visitors attending.

Thank you for attending: In addition to some great food enjoyed by all, first time visitors were given a gift this month. The time and dedication of all who attend our meetings is greatly appreciated.

Ground rules: Mutual respect of all speakers, no side remarks or interruptions. Remember that the words of each person are equally as important as yours. Please choose your words carefully so that you need to speak one time to any issue as time constraints may not allow a second chance. Discussion is limited to the motion on the floor. Motions limited to ten minutes. No ringing cell phones and phone conversations during the meetings.

Secretary presents the minutes:

Motion to approve minutes. Motion seconded. Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion to approve Treasurer's report. Motion seconded. Treasurer's report approved as presented. Copies of the October report available to members.

Committee Reports:


Please send all home address corrections and new member updates to Richard Berman. Richard is now at Fischer. His telephone number is 714-935-7651. All new membership applications and personal information updates are to be sent to Richard at Fischer School for processing with CTA and OCDE.

Gifts presented to first time attendees. Loren is updating email addresses. Loren and Richard have membership application blanks available.


Everyone is encouraged to check out

PAR Report:

The next PAR meeting is on October 4, 2007. Carolyn reported that she attended the last meeting, and was the only person who showed up. There is a need for coaches.

Elections Committee:

No meeting held.

President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the bargaining unit Agreement have been printed and are available on the OCDE intranet and at our web site The Department will continue to pay for health benefits as part of the compensation package. Renewal will be with no changes to health, vision, or dental plans. The primary topics at the end of last year were health benefits for retirees and adding roster size limitations for Special Ed teachers to the contract. There was no opposition to the latter expressed, but Administration wanted to review the formula again. Now they are being hesitant about doing this but have not voiced open opposition. Out next session is planned for October 9, 2007.

Contract maintenance: All teachers are responsible for reporting violations to the contract. Even if it is another teacher at your site who is being violated it is a serious matter and does affect you. Never forget that an injury to one is an injury to all. No one should be working in a hostile environment, and the vast majority of us do not. We must rally in support of anyone who is being abused and not ever become tolerant of this behavior. Everyone suffers in a negative environment, but we can change it if we all unite and stand up for each other.

Old Business:

New member packets and information is available from Richard Berman, who has moved back to Fischer School, at 714-935-7651.

Site visits: Loren and Richard will continue to visit sites as time permits. If you want your site or staff meeting to be next in priority, please let them know.

New membership cards and calendars have been sent to us by CTA for distribution to members. Everyone should have theirs by now, or have contacted Richard Berman to find out why not.

Site Liaisons are to be performing all the normal functions and duties of a teacher, and in addition, may assume designated functions in the absence of an administrator. Again it has become necessary to remind our members that we as teachers never evaluate one another in any manner. If we have questions regarding a fellow member, we must speak to that member, not administration. Union help is always available to resolve any internal disputes. Administrators are only involved as a last resort. See Article 17 and Appendix D.

The Safety Committee was attended by Carolyn and Lupe.

Representative Council nominations and voting need to take place ASAP.

-Loren will send an email to all members asking for interested candidates

-ballots will then be mailed to members

-we should complete this process by November 30, 2007

New Business:

Treasurer reimbursements: Loren asked that requests for reimbursement be made during New Business, and that receipts be given to Mary when expenditures are approved.

The Fall Leadership Conference will be held October 19 -- 21 at the Westin Long Beach. All members are encouraged to attend. Fax Loren and he will add you to the list of attendees.

Motion: Joel Harrison moved that we hold an election of Representative Council members as soon as possible. Lupe seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Motion: Tom Rotunno moved that Janet Fischman be appointed a Representative Council member. Mary Burton seconded. Motion carried.

Next Meeting: November 5, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. at Alton.

Items from membership as time permits. These should be on the agenda prior to the meeting and addressed under New Business.

Meeting adjourned at 5:02 p.m.

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