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November 5, 2007

Registration of members and guests.

Meeting called to order at 3:30 p.m.

Role call of Rep. Council

Request by President: all attending members please sign in and fill out a name tag.

Thank you for attending: In addition to some great food enjoyed by all, first time visitors were given a gift by the President. 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.

Discussion during the meeting is limited to the motions on the floor. Issues or subjects of concern not on the agenda should be discussed with executive officers at other times. 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. Motions limited to ten minutes. Ringing cell phones and phone conversations also cannot be tolerated during the meetings.

Remember to leave the room as clean or cleaner that how you found it!

Secretary presents the minutes:

Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report:

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

Committee Reports:


Please send all home address corrections, 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. Richard reports that during the past month, 21 agency fee payers submitted applications to become full union members. At this time, 123 are fee payers, and 369 are members, for a total of 492 credentialed staff.

Loren is updating email addresses.


Everyone is encouraged to check out www.ocsea.com.

Thanks to the efforts of Joel Harrison, our website now has many links to information of interest to all members.

PAR Report:

The next PAR meeting is on November 25, 2007. Carolyn reported that plans are in process to add new coaches. Envoy Training opportunities are also in the planning stage for next year, possibly for March of 2008.

Elections Committee:

A meeting was held in October to send out ballots for the Site Representative election. Members were encouraged to apply for these positions by faxing their application to Loren. Loren reported the results:

Special Schools and OCCS applications are under the limit, and will not require an election. Alternative Ed received more applications than spaces available, and will require an election.

The Election Committee will meet on Thursday, November 15, 2007, at 3:00 P.M., at the Alton site, to organize the mailing of the ballots. Volunteers were asked to help. Thank you to those of you who offered your services.

President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the bargaining unit Agreement have been printed and are available on the OCDE intranet. The contract is available at our web site www.ocsea.com .

IBPST: The next session is planned for November 6, 2007, where we will again focus on the total compensation issue. The primary topics last time were health benefits for retirees and adding roster size limitations for Special Education 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. Loren had copies of the 2007/2008 Adopted Budget available to the members.

Please see the website [Definitions] for information regarding IBPST standards, relevant Ed Code sections, and definitions regarding the process.

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.

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.

Fall Leadership Conference

Attended by Loren, Tom, Lewis, and Pat. The members attending gave a brief summary of their experiences at the Conference. The workshops were very informative, and the members gave a summary of what they learned from attending workshops about budget issues, rep council responsibilities, legal issues, and retirement planning. It was very informative for all.

New Business:

Treasurer reimbursements: Give receipts to Mary if expenditure has been approved. Mary has a Request for Reimbursement form available to the members.

Next Meeting: December 3, 2007 at Alton. 3:15 p.m. - fellowship, 3:30 p.m. -- Business Meeting

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

Please remember to leave the room clean or cleaner than you found it!

Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

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