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February 4, 2008

Registration of members and guests.

Meeting called to order at 3:35 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 January 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, Rich reported that more teacher contracts have been signed, and a significant number of fee payers have decided to join the union. 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:

No PAR update for this month.

Elections Committee:

The Election Committee will meet at Alton on Friday, February 15, 2008, to mail the nomination forms to all members for the 2008-2009 OCSEA Election of Officers.

President's Report:

Negotiations update: Our next session is planned for February 12, 2008, where we will focus on unresolved issues from last year. The primary topics at the end of last year were health benefits for retirees and adding roster size limitations for Sp. Ed. teachers to the contract. This year, they were being obstinate about doing this because it involves opening an additional article and we were limited to only two issues in addition to compensation and benefits. Thus we will probably do an MOU for this year on this and make it an opener next year so we can put it in the contract. We are not limited in what we can open for '08 and '09.

Health benefits for retirees is equally if not more problematic. The Department remains inflexibly opposed to this in any shape or form at this point. Possibly the Governor's proposed budget for '07 -- '08 will encourage them to do something to reduce costs this year and so districts may be open to some sort of retirement incentive. We will see.

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. .

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 Interference 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 met again on January 24th since the department demonstrated no interest in agreement before then. The hearing officer offered numerous proposals but the Department remained inflexibly opposed to committing to anything in writing or admitting any wrong doing.

On January 24, 2008, the matter was settled with no problems. The Department agreed to participate in joint trainings for their principals regarding union interference, and agreed in writing to grant the teacher a transfer to the next open CL position in South PAR (South of the Spectrum) whenever it becomes available.

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. Co-workers should not take on extra work so the SL can have it easier or be out of the classroom entirely. They get paid extra for doing the extra time and work.

Arbitration: The CTA and Department attorneys have decided on an arbitrator and will inform us of the next step in the process according to CTA.

UNITY: When conflict and misunderstandings arise always 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 first and then to Union leadership if things are not resolved. OCSEA and CTA union help is always available to resolve any internal disputes. See Article 17 and Appendix D.

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.

Rich attended the Rural Issues Conference and reported to the members on information obtained and ideas discussed. Members were encouraged to sign up for the Good Teaching Conference.

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: Scott Turner moved that Loren be reimbursed $13.50 for parking fees for the PERB meeting. Seconded by Mary Burton. Motion carried.

Motion: Richard Berman moved that he be reimbursed for Rural Issues Conference expenses of $829.00. Registration $125.00, hotel room $450.00, and mileage $254.00. Seconded by Mary Jane Roberts. Motion carried

Motion: Richard Berman moved that four members be allowed to register for the Urban Issues Conference, hotel room and travel expenses, for February 29 -- March 2. Seconded by Cyndie Borcoman. Motion carried.

Motion: Lewis Lester moved that he attend the Equity and Human Rights Conference on March 28 -- 30. Seconded by Sonia Torres. Motion carried.

Upcoming conferences: Conference for Women, Urban Issues, Spring Leadership

Next Meeting: March 3, 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 4:38 p.m.

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