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December 3, 2007

Registration of members and guests.

Meeting called to order at 3:37 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 November 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. At this time, 121 are fee payers, and 371 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:

Envoy Training opportunities are in the planning stage for next year..

Elections Committee:

The Election Committee met on Thursday, November 15, 2007, at 3:00 P.M., at the Alton site, to organize the mailing of the ballots to the Alternative Ed members. Thank you to those who volunteered to help. The ballots will be counted Thursday, December 6, and results will be made available to the members by email and will be posted on the website.

President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the current 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 December 11, 2007, where we will again focus on the total compensation issue. (See Joint Communique at the OCSEA website). The Department remains inflexibly opposed to paying the increase in health benefits costs for teachers as they have always done in the past. Organizing action now appears necessary by our members if we are going to get a fair settlement. There is plenty of money in their budget to pass on to teachers the fully funded COLA amount in addition to increases in the cost of our health benefits but the Department remains inflexible for now. Results of the motion in New Business.

The primary topics at the end of last year 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 abstinent about doing this because it involves opening an additional article and we are limited to only two issues in addition to compensation and benefits this year. Thus we will probably do an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for this year on this and make it an opener next year so we can put it in the contract.

Please see the website 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.

PERB: Public Employment Relations Board

The Department and the Union were unsuccessful in reaching an agreement regarding the Union complaint for Interferences by the Department with our Union so the matter moved to the next step which is a hearing prior to a court trial. The parties were unsuccessful in reaching a resolution on November 28th, in spite of mediation by the hearing officer, so the parties are to meet again on January 24th if no agreement is reached before then. The hearing officer offered numerous proposals but the Department remains inflexibly opposed to committing to anything in writing or admitting any wrong doing.

Old Business:

New member packets and information is available from Richard Berman, 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 Business:

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

Motion: Mary Burton moved that Loren be reimbursed $1,731.99 for purchase of a laptop computer for the President. This equipment will belong to OCSEA and will be passed on to the next President. Motion carried.

Motion: Mary Burton moved that Pat be reimbursed for Election Committee expenses of $122.23 for envelopes, labels for the next three elections. Motion carried

Motion: Joel Harrison moved that Loren be reimbursed for $13.50 for parking (PERB). Motion carried

Motion: Janet Fischman moved that we begin a job action in the form of wearing all black shirts/clothing on December 7th, 10th, and 11th to show we are beginning to mobilize our members to get some movement from the Department in negotiations. Motion carried.

Motion: Richard Berman moved that he be allowed to attend the 2008 Rural Issues Conference January 18 -- 20, 2008 at a cost of $125.00 for registration, and $150.00 per night for hotel costs. Motion carried.

Motion: Richard Berman moved that we send 35 union members to the Good Teaching Conference at the Orange County Hyatt Regency on March 7 -- 9, 2008, at a cost of $175.00 per member and parking reimbursed at $10.00 per day for all three days. If their residence is greater than 50 miles one-way to the conference they will receive one hotel room for Saturday night. Motion carried.

Next Meeting: February 4, 2008 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 if possible.

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

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

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