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March 5, 2007

Registration of members and guests.

Meeting called to order at 3:33 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 corrected.

Treasurer's Report:

Treasurer's report approved as presented. Copies were unavailable to members due to copier malfunction.

Committee Reports:


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, for processing with CTA and OCDE. Richard reports that he has received applications for membership from six new members.


Loren thanked Joel Harrison for his ongoing efforts to improve and update our website. Joel's understanding and time spent in this area is very much appreciated by the members.

PAR Report:

Carolyn Johnson reported that the PAR sponsored Envoy Training is scheduled for March 14 -- 15, and is almost full. Register as soon as possible and take advantage of this opportunity. Loren thanked Carolyn for her hard work on behalf of the members. The next PAR meeting is April 20, 2007.

Elections Committee:

No meeting held.

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. Loren will email the members when the new contract is ready. The team is meeting again on March 6, 2007 to do more planning for next year especially regarding the issue of health benefits for future retirees. Applications are available from Loren by email if anyone wants to apply to be on the IBPST team next year.

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. 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.

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. See Article 17 and Appendix D.

Richard Berman gave the members an update on a timeline for a possible grievance at Los Pinos regarding the lack of support from probation for the teaching staff. Teachers are concerned about being asked to leave the classroom and perform duties that are not required of teaching staff at the other institutions, about the difficulty getting subs, and the site liaison's duties. He will continue to update as things develop.

Old Business:

New member packets and information is available from Richard Berman at Los Pinos, 951-678-7935.

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.

The 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 photo display of the last conference.

New Business:

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

Jim Bailey moved that Richard Berman be reimbursed for NEA Conference expenses of $163.89. Motion seconded by Randy Durham. Discussion followed. Votes in favor: 14; Votes opposed: 0. Motion carried.

Mary Burton moved that we pay Steve March $17.50 for 35 minutes charged to update the OCSEA website. Motion seconded by Carolyn Johnson. Discussion followed. Votes in favor: 14; Votes opposed: 0. Motion carried.

Marcus moved that we pay $123.16 plus $14.88 per month to cover the expense of internet connection at OCSEA President's residence. Motion seconded by Randy Durham. Discussion followed.

Votes in favor: 11; Votes opposed: 3. Motion carried.

James Bailey moved that we approve expenses for up to 10 people attending the April 27 -- 29 Region 4 CTA conference in Newport Beach, limited to registration, mileage, and parking fees. Motion seconded by Tom Rotunno. Discussion followed. Votes in favor: 14; Votes opposed: 0. Motion carried. Carolyn Johnson moved that Loren's appointment of Richard Berman to the IBPST team to replace Art Santos be approved. Motion seconded by John Wells. Discussion followed. No vote called, motion carried over to next meeting.

Richard Berman reported on the NEA Conference he attended. He passed out information sheets to the members regarding the importance of giving teacher input in the upcoming process of reauthorizing ESEA.

Next Meeting: April 2, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.