April 2, 2007
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. 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 read.
Treasurer' s Report:
Treasurer' s report approved as presented. Copies of this months report available to members.
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 there are now 509 teachers. 10% are long-term subs. He has concerns about the amount of time it is taking for pony mail to get to him at Pinos. He will begin using the U.S. mail service for union correspondence. Rich also presented clarification regarding insurance. It is 120 days to apply for the life insurance policy without a physical.
Many members had an opportunity to view the OCSEA website and were very positive about all of the improvements. The time and effort Joel Harrison is putting into this endeavor is very much appreciated by all of us. Loren expressed his appreciation for the updates and timely posting of all union business. Joel will continue to upgrade our website. Everyone is encouraged to check out www.ocsea.com.
The Envoy Training was extremely well done and was attended by many OCDE teachers. Members who attended expressed their gratitude to Carolyn Johnson for all of her efforts and hard work in bringing this great training opportunity to our teachers. C&I purchased the materials. It is possible that in the near future there will be training available for some Envoy coaches. The next PAR meeting is April 20, 2007.
No meeting held.
President' s Report:
Negotiations update: Loren reported that he has discovered some errors in the new contract. They are being corrected as they are found. Copies of the old bargaining unit Agreement are available on the intranet. Loren will email the members when the new contract is ready. Some discussion followed regarding the rate of pay for substitute teachers. The team is meeting again on April 19, 2007 to do more planning for next year especially regarding the issue of health benefits for future retirees.
Contract maintenance: Some questions have come up regarding class roster size for long-term subs. 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.
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.
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 possible grievance at Los Pinos. No grievance timeline to be started at this time.
The 2007 Spring Leadership Conference will be held in Newport Beach April 27, 28, and 29. Four union officers and one member are on a waiting list to attend. Jim presented a photo display of the last conference.
Loren reported on his attendance at the COE Presidents meeting on March 29, 2007. STRS will never allow any different rules for OCDE teachers or any other group.
Loren asked that requests for reimbursement be made during New Business, and that receipts be given to Mary when expenditures are approved.
Regarding changes for the rest of this term, ending June 30, 2008, Loren has accepted the resignation of Randy Durham, Secretary, by telephone. Randy will follow up by sending a written letter of resignation to Loren. Per Article 8, Section E, p. 6 of the Bylaws, the Representative Council accepted the nomination of Pat Elliott to fill the rest of the term. Motion: Cara Pettite, Motion Seconded: Pat Wiley. Votes to approve: 8. Votes against: 0.
Motion from last meeting was reopened, to have Richard Berman replace Art Santos on IBPST. Votes to approve: 9. Votes against: 0.
Next Meeting: May 7, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 4:34 p.m.