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February 5, 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. Ground rules: mutual respect of all speakers, no side remarks or interruptions, that the words of each are equally as important as yours. Choose your words carefully so that you need to speak one time to any discussion 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:

Minutes approved as presented.

Treasurer's Report:

Treasurer's report approved as presented. Informal discussion regarding fees.

Committee Reports:

Membership:

Send all home address corrections, new member updates to Richard Berman. Richard is no longer at Fischer. All new membership applications and personal information updates are to be sent to Richard Berman at his new site, Los Pinos.

Communication:

Information needs to be posted to the website.

PAR Report:

Loren reported that the next meeting is scheduled for February 27, 2007.

Elections Committee:

The committee will met to count ballots regarding approval of the contract. Contract was successfully ratified. Thanks to all who helped count ballots.

President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the old bargaining unit Agreement are available on the intranet. New changes will not appear for another month. The team is meeting again on February 6, 2007 to do more planning for next year. Applications are available from Loren by email if anyone wants to apply to be on the team next year. The team attended the CTA bargaining strategy meeting and the proposed COLA for next year is 4.04%.

Envoy training 9non-verbal communication) will be made available to all teachers.

Contract maintenance: Class size violations in day schools no longer show up on reports, but as our population grows in the coming months we all must be careful to not allow violations to begin reoccurring. Roster size violations in all programs must always be reported to the union and to your principal. Principals are responsible for all student placements and must be held strictly to our contractual agreement. All teachers must report 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. Please read page 31 of the contract. It spells out class and roster size, as well as classroom space. 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 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.

2007 Spring Leadership Conference will be held in Newport Beach April 27, 28, and 29. We are encouraging people interested in becoming more involved in our Union to attend.

Jim presented a display summary of the last conference.

New Business:

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

Use the Sub time sheets for recording extra hours when teachers fill in for subs who do not show up.

Elections for Rep Council members will be held this year.

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

Meeting adjourned at 4:27 p.m.