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April 7, 2008

Registration of members and guests (please sign in)

Meeting called to order at 3:40 p.m.

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.

Discussion during the meeting is limited to 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 only speak one time to any issue. Time constraints may not allow you a second chance. Motions limited to ten minutes. Ringing cell phones and phone conversations also can not be tolerated during meetings.

Remember to leave the room as clean as or cleaner than how you found it!

Thank you for attending: In addition to some great food enjoyed by all, first time visitors were given a gift this month. The time and dedication of all who attend our meetings is greatly appreciated.

Secretary presents the minutes:

Request to hold March minutes for approval at next meeting approved.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion to approve Treasurer's report. Motion seconded. Treasurer's report approved as presented. Copies of the previous month's report available to members.

Note: Any new expenditure items will come under new business.

Committee Reports:


Please send all home address corrections and 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. Membership at this time: 410 active members, 110 fee payers. We are now able to send a representative to State Council meetings.


Everyone is encouraged to check out www.ocsea.com.

Thanks to Joel for the excellent map and directions to the new meeting location.

PAR Report:

Discussion regarding continuation of funding. Carolyn reported that PAR has been able to work on presenting several great training opportunities for teachers this year.

Elections Committee:

Ballots for the election of officers are due by April 11, 2008. The committee will meet to count ballots after the 18th. Those elected will be notified by telephone, and a report on results will be presented at the next meeting.

President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the bargaining unit Agreement have been printed and are available on the OCDE intranet and at our web site www.ocsea.com. .

IBPST Health benefits for retirees remains problematic. The Department remains inflexibly opposed to this in any shape or form at this point. We had hoped that the Governor's proposed budget for 2008 -- 09 would encourage them to do something to reduce costs this year making them open to some sort of retirement incentive. Nina Boyd and John Nelson were still not planning any cost savings of this type as of 03/28/08, but OCSEA has again submitted suggestions to them which they promise to consider.

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: This action involved Union interference on the part of the Department. On January 24, 2008, the matter was settled with not 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. Neither of theses two resolutions have yet been implemented by the Department.

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. The application deadline to apply for 2008-2009 site liaison position is April 18, 2008. You must apply and get the application to Kelly Nagano before the deadline if you want to be interviewed for the position at your site.

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 714-935-8306.

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.

New Business:

Norma Potter is our CTA Staff Contact Person. Since CTA is providing all the legal services pertaining to the RIF be sure to keep Norma updated on all communications and status changes regarding your RIF notification letters. Twelve letters have been rescinded so far.

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

Upcoming conferences:

Spring Leadership Conference in Palm Springs April 25 -- 27 is sold out. Two members have reserved places, and two are on the wait list.

Rep Council Voting Membership: Attendance lists need to be reviewed and replacements approved. Item moved to the May meeting agenda.

Motion: To reimburse Louis Lester $16.00 for parking fees at the Human Rights and Equity Conference. Motion seconded. Motion carried.

Motion: To reimburse mileage expenses of $182.87 for negotiating team. Motion seconded. Motion carried.

Loren reported on several items of interest to the members regarding changes in CTA dues for 2008, payment of health insurance premiums, AB168, and the legal use of cameras in classrooms (no expectation of privacy).

Next Meeting: South Bristol at 3:15 on May 5, 2008.

Items from membership as time permits. These should be on the agenda prior to the meeting and addressed under New Business.

Be sure that you have signed in on the attendance sheet. Copies to Loren and Pat.

Remember to leave the room clean or cleaner that how you found it!

Meeting adjourned at 4:43 p.m.

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