December 5, 2005
Registration of Members and guests
Meeting called to order at 3:30
Role call of Rep. Council
Secretary presents the minutes:
It was moved and seconded that the minutes be accepted as presented. Motion carried.
After short discussion about an extra entry (OCSEA donated money to Servite in honor of Ron Hall, who was Sandra Hall's husband, and who died suddenly), It was moved and seconded that the treasurers report be accepted as presented. Motion carried.
Committee Reports..... written....
Marlene: Membership committee report. Please call Marlene or Loren with home address corrections or any new member updates. Loren is always updating email addresses as he received input.
Carolyn or Nancy: PAR committee report. The committee is still working to spend this year's limited funds in ways that will best benefit students. The next meeting is on December 8th.
In addition to the ³health benefits for future retirees² issue, we are continuing work on the Site Liaison issue. Our survey showed that the vast majority desire some changes to the contract to ensure that teachers are treated fairly and equitably. We are now trying to reconcile the three different job postings for site liaison to what is common practice in the three programs. The contract needs to reflect reality as well as protect our members. We would like to have as many site liaisons as possible write for us exactly what their duties are at the present time at their site. No data was available yet from AON on the cost analysis for the health benefits for future retirees' options we are considering. This should be ready by the December 6th IBPST session.
In our November 29, 2005 session, we also looked at the latest enrollment data and ADA for ACCESS through month four. The decline in ADA has stopped compared to last year, so OCDE is revising their budget projection to show no losses, but also no gains, in ADA for 05-'06. ACCESS tries to provide staffing based on enrollment, but increased enrollment does not always provide increased ADA. The interim budget report will be available after December 15, 2005.
Monitoring the contract: Mary Jane Roberts was working with Lisa Eck, our CTA representative, on a grievance involving teachers splitting site liaison duties and pay. The grievance is on hold as we continue this issue in our negotiations. Remember: All teachers must report violations to the contract as they are a serious matter which does affect you. Never forget that an injury to one is an injury to all. No one should have to work in a hostile work environment, and while the vast majority of us do not, we must rally in support of anyone who does and not ever become tolerant of this behavior. Everyone suffers in a negative environment, but we can change inequities by being united and standing up for each other.
New member packets and calendars. Thanks to all who helped assemble the packets. Please let staff know that with union membership come benefits, both personal and professional. Not only does the member get myriad discounts to everything from amusement parks to insurance plans, but finally you have a voice and a vote in your profession.
Calendars were taken by site representatives to be distributed at the various sites. The calendars are the drafts for the 2006-2007 school year.
Site visits: Loren will continue to visit sites as time permits. If you want your site or staff meeting to be next in priority, please let OCSEA know by calling the phone number listed below.
RIF situation updates:
As of this meeting, some teachers who received RIF (Reduction in Force) notices still work for OCDE as substitutes. The Department has agreed to pay for health coverage through the end of December. By then, the Department feels they will have a good idea about ADA trends for the year and can make a decision about staff positions for which they can offer contracts.
Treasurer reimbursements: The $6.00-a-month assessment was well worth the money. (After 3 years, the assessment will drop off). CTA fought back the Governor's propositions and our annual salary increases, pensions, and due process rights for teachers remain in tact. Those who choose not to join OCSEA, agency fee payers, will receive a total of $60.00 back for non-representational expenses.
Nurse Evaluation Form: Nurse Mary Zombek moved that the Rep. Council and IBPST consider the use of an additional evaluation form designed only for nurses beginning with the ¹06-¹07 school year. As per the Contract, Section 13.11: Evaluations, the first step involves appointing members to develop a new evaluation form. It was moved, seconded, and approved that OCSEA appoint a committee consisting of nurses who are union members to develop a new evaluation form more relevant to nurse's duties.
Next meeting location and time Alton @ 3:15/3:30 on February 6, 2006.
Items from the membership as time permits. Please remember to call and place concerns on the agenda prior to the meeting where they will be addressed under New Business.
Meeting adjourned around 4:30.
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