February 6, 2006
Registration of Members and guests
Meeting called to order at 3:30
Role call of Rep. Council
Ground rules: Mutual respect of all speakers, no side remarks or interruptions. Remember that the words of each person are equally important as yours.
Please choose your words carefully so that you need only speak one time to any issue. Time constraints may not allow you a second chance. Discussion is limited to the motion on the floor.
Ringing cell phones and phone conversations also can not be tolerated during meetings.
Secretary presents the minutes:
Minutes were moved, seconded, and approved.
The treasurer's report was moved, seconded, and approved.
Note: Any new expenditure items will come under new business.
Vote to approve as presented.
Committee Reports... written...
Marlene: Membership committee report. Home address corrections, new member updates. Gifts to first time attendees. Loren is continuing to update email addresses so make sure he knows yours.
Carolyn and Nancy: PAR (Peer Assistance and Review) committee reported that the committee is still working on ways to spend this year's limited funds in ways that will best benefit students. PAR sponsored a special in-service training on February 6, 2006 for middle school teachers and their unique needs and are planning for a parenting training that will first target teen mothers and then all students.
We are presently focusing our 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 have now reconciled the three different job postings for site liaison to what is common practice in the three programs. We plan to put these into an appendix in the contract and then revise existing language to fit what is acceptable for now. We may not resolve all the site liaison issues this year, but some progress is being made. SINCE DECEMBER NEGOTIATIONS, WE HAVE HAD THREE JANUARY NEGOTIATIONS AND ARE NO FURTHER ON SALARY DISCUSSIONS. THE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO GIVE THE CERTIFICATED BARGAINING TEAM LESS THAN THE OTHER COUNTY EMPLOYEES, AND THIS IS NOT ONLY WRONG IT IS PRECEDENT SETTING.
AON and the Department have produced all the requested data on the Health Benefits for Future Retirees issue. The average age of teachers retiring is 62.5 years and historically four teachers per year have retired. If full benefits were paid by the Department only until Medicare eligible the most on the plan at any one time would be twelve at the end of three years. We estimate the cost to be about $45670.00 the first year, $95907.00 the second year and $ 150,000 the third and each successive year plus annual cost increases. OCDE and one other district in all of Orange County are the only ones that do not offer some type of district paid retiree health benefit. The least expensive plan for retirees is to stay with our group if they want the same quality plan, however, they have a negative impact on our claims experience the longer they are on the plan.
Monitoring the contract: Mary Jane is working with Lisa Eck on the grievance involving teachers not getting full pay as a site liaison. Our contract does not provide for a split assignment or pay. Note that this is also an issue in our negotiations. 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. Never forget that an injury to one is an injury to all. No one should be working in a hostile work 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.
New member packets and calendars. Loren thanks all who helped assemble the packets. Please take enough for new members at your site and a calendar for yourself and everyone at your site.
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 us know.
RIF situation updates:
All RIFed teachers with credentials have been rehired and given contracts through June 2006. Their next checks should include retroactive pay from July 1, 2005.
Nurses Evaluation Form committee will be Pat Wiley (chair), Marilyn Alexander, and Mary Zombek. The first meeting is scheduled for February 14th. It was moved, seconded, and approved that the committee will meet and develop parameters for the nurses' evaluations form, and that Loren, as an ad hoc member of all committees will attend/officiate as needed.
Treasurer reimbursements: Give receipts to Mary Burton if expenditure has been approved.
Change requires action and effort. Organize, organize, organize! Now is an essential time to show our unity and strength. Wear your buttons and stickers every day. Dress all in black or whatever your site chooses on negotiation days and Fridays. Try to get all the classified employees to join us in our protests. Their salary increase is being held up till we settle.
It was moved and seconded that OCSEA spend an amount not to exceed $4000 for the Leadership Conference. Leadership Conference in Palm Springs from March 17-19 ; Deadline date is February 10, 2006 Information needs to be given to Loren today if at all possible. Loren must make all the reservations.
Next meeting location and time Alton @ 3:15/3:30 on March 6, 2006.
Items from the membership as time permits. Actually, these should be on the agenda prior to the meeting and addressed under New Business.
Be sure you have signed in on the attendance sheet. Copy to Loren
Meeting adjourned at 4:59.
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