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May 7, 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. Remember that the words of each person are equally as important as yours. Please choose your words carefully so that you need to speak one time to any issue 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.


Committee Reports:


Membership:

Send all home address corrections, 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.


Communication:

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


PAR Report:

ESL materials are being assembled for distribution to teachers. There is an opportunity for new members to join this committee. Carolyn presented information to the members regarding this committee's activities and its importance to us as professionals. The next PAR meeting is May 29, 2007.


Elections Committee:

No meeting held.


President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the old bargaining unit Agreement are available on the OCDE intranet. New changes may not appear there for another month but the whole contract is available at our web site www.ocsea.com. Printed copies will take another three weeks to deliver. The team is scheduled to meet again on May 22, 2007 to do more planning for next year especially regarding the issue of health benefits for future retirees. Administration has developed guidelines for themselves for implementation of the $5 extra student provision for when a substitute does not show. Dick Nagle admits it was his oversight that held up payments to most teachers and promised all will now be paid.

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 recurring. 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. Devon Lawson, North PAR, promised last week that he would get back to me regarding possible over assignment in classrooms smaller than 700 square feet.

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.

On another note: No teacher should ever play into an administrator's game of turning teachers against each other. We never gossip about other, or "evaluate" one another or "report on" or "write each other up" for administrative use. Remember you are always liable in a court of law for anything you may write. When conflicts arise with our peers we have a responsibility to first talk in private with that person and if the issue is not resolved come to the Union for help. CTA has professional mediators and conflict resolution specialists available for this purpose. We must never show division in our ranks. We must demonstrate professionalism and unity at all times.


Old Business:

New member packets and information is available from Richard Berman, who has moved back to Fischer School, at 714-935-7651. 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.


New Business:

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

Motion: Richard Berman moved that he be reimbursed for the cost of purchasing 40 manila folders for the mailing of CTA benefits to new members. The cost was $14.62. Seconded by Carolyn Johnson. Votes to approve: 17; Votes against: 0. Motion carried.

Motion: Loren Myhill moved that he be reimbursed for Costco expenses of $121.47. Seconded by Carolyn Johnson. Votes to approve: 17; Votes against: 0. Motion carried.

Representative Council nominations need to take place in the next few months.

The UCLA SUMMER INSTITUTE information is now available online at www.cta.org. If you would like to attend let Loren know and we will get you registered.

LEA DUES INCREASE: Last year we agreed that no increase would take place without a survey of our general membership first taking place. CTA has again reminded us that the minimum dues level for locals to qualify for Arbitration funding from CTA during the 2007-08 year is $145.00 per full-time member. We presently only charge $100 per year. The Arbitration process is extremely expensive, and all the funds we have accumulated over the past twenty years could be easily decimated by just one case without CTA assistance. Then we would be powerless for many years in the future.

Each year at the bargaining table we present our case for Binding Arbitration inclusion in our Contract. We are the only ones in OC, if not the State of California, without it. Binding Arbitration would require the Department to be bound by the decision of an independent arbitrator in the resolution of grievances resulting from contractual disputes. Presently the Department has the final say in everything regardless of what is determined or presented through our grievance process. This means there is no parity in the decision process, and this has a detrimental affect on all conflict resolution involving administration including all elements of negotiations. In our last negotiating session, the Department also reminded us that our present dues level limits our need for Binding Arbitration and although we felt that we made some progress, we went away empty handed. Again, without Binding Arbitration there no parity. By having the recommended minimum LEA dues level we move one step closer becoming much a much stronger force as a Union.

Motion: John Wells moved that we survey our members regarding binding arbitration and raising our dues to the CTA recommended minimum of $145.00 per year, based on a 10 month year, which amounts to an increase of $4.50 per monthly deduction. Motion seconded by Jim Bailey. Votes to approve: 16; Votes against: 1. Motion carried.

Loren will prepare the survey. He will forward it by email to the rest of the officers for input, then send it to Joel to go on our website, www.ocsea.com. All members are encouraged to go to the website for information about arbitration and the support that CTA can provide us.



Next Meeting: June 4, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 5:01 p.m.