March 6, 2006

Registration of Members and guests.

Meeting called to order at 3:40

Role call of Rep. Council

Minutes: Secretary Nancy was absent, but minutes were presented and approved with the correction of one date. J.D. Bailey agreed to take notes for this meeting.

Treasurer's Report: Mary presented the report, which was approved as presented.

Committee Reports:

Nurses Evaluation Form committee: Pat Wiley reported that the next meeting was scheduled for March 9th at 1:30 at Venado. No other committee members were present.

Membership committee: Marlene reported she has processed one more new person. All home address corrections should also go to her as well as OCDE. Loren does all email addresses. Gifts given to first time attendees.

PAR committee report: Loren reported that the committee is making good progress and had conducted interviews to hire new consulting teachers on Friday March 3rd. The scores will be tabulated by human resources who will also notify those applicants chosen. The Middle School teacher's in-service was held on February 6th. The committee is still working on the teen-parenting project.

Presidents report:

Negotiations update: Loren presented an update packet to each person in attendance containing copies of all tentative agreements that will be part of the ratification voting, the new salary schedules, and copies of both memorandums of understand that were signed on February 27th. The memorandums provide for the establishment of Joint Committees on Health Benefits for future retirees, and evaluations. Loren explained the proposed changes to each Article. In Article 8, the number of carry-forward non-work days was increased from 3 to 5. Article 9, language was added regarding teachers on itinerant teaching assignments. The number is limited to eight most recently hired and their rights are delineated in the seven new sections. Article 10, call back provisions were added for unit members that are affected should a RIF occur. Article 14, PAR term limits were removed for the joint panel. Article 17, major changes in section two language redefining the site liaison assignment. Site liaisons first perform all the normal functions and duties of a teacher, and in addition, assume designated functions and duties in the absence of an administrator. The site liaison shall not perform any supervisory, evaluative or disciplinary functions. Language was added in section 4 allowing for shared assignments and compensation. Article 19, The department will absorb the cost of all step and column increases, 5.0% increase to all salary schedules effective July1, 2005, and all health insurance cost increases with no changes to the plans.

Lupe moved that we put the tentative agreements out to a vote of the membership for ratification. Pat seconded the motion. There was much discussion about how the IBPST got to 5% from the 2.8% originally offered by the Department, and the fact that there are funds available to pay 5.55% and more. The motion was amended to included a statement and some data with the ballots explaining that we believe adequate funds were available to give a larger raise. After further discussion that included questions on Village Way, use of grant moneys, reserve accounts, budget reports, and the correlation of low ADA capture rates to past raises, the motion carried 19 to 0.

Loren attending other meetings. Annual Chapter Presidents' meeting with CTA executive officers March 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM. in Palm Springs, the CTA Orange Service Center Council 2006 Legislative Brunch with local State Representatives on Saturday, March 25 from 10:30 to noon, and the CA State County Offices of Education Presidents Meeting on Thursday March 30 at 11:30 in Los Angeles.

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 yet provide for a split assignment or pay. Note that this was also an issue in our negotiations and language was proposed for ratification.

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 effect 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.

Old business

New member packets and calendars. We still have lots of unused material available and ready to go. 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.

Leadership Conference in Palm Springs March 17-19 Eight people have registered and Loren has paid for everything. More funds need to be allocated to cover everyone and mileage and meals.

New business

Treasurer reimbursements: It was moved and seconded to reimburse Cathy $36.98 for snacks purchased for this meeting. The motion carried. It was moved and seconded to reimburse Mary $339.04 for mileage to and from negotiations sessions. During discussion Mary explained that this was for additional miles driven to attend negotiations that exceed miles for her normal commute to her work site. Mary Jane asked that she check into getting reimbursement funds from the State for the union. Motion carried. It was moved and seconded that OCSEA approve an additional $2000 for the Leadership Conference. Discussion: This is now necessary since more people are attending than previously expected. OCSEA will not reimburse for extra meals, but will reimburse mileage costs. Motion carried by a vote of 19 to 1.

NEA’ RA State Delegate Election: Ballots for all union members wishing to vote for State Delegates to the 2006 NEA Representative Assembly will be available at the Alton site the entire week of March 6th for anyone wishing to vote that did not attend or vote during the meeting today.

Elections Committee: The Rep. Council approved Rich, Scott, Cara, Pat, and Loren to be on the committee for ratification. Purchase envelopes, print labels, do folding and stuff envelopes, attach postage, mail out ratification ballots, count ballots, and report results.

Next: collect nominations for new officers, prepare ballots, do mailing, count ballots.

Items from the membership as time permits: There were no new items from the members present.

Next meeting location and time Alton @ 3:15/3:30 on April 3, 2006.

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 P.M.

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