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May 5, 2008

Registration of members and guests (please sign in)

Meeting called to order at 3:42 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. Listen carefully to what they are saying, and allow your neighbor to listen also.

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 speak only when recognized by the chair. Do not interrupt anyone or speak out of turn. 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.

Thank you for silencing your cell phone during the meeting.

Remember to leave the room as clean 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:

Motion to approve minutes from the March meeting approved.

Motion to approve minutes from the April meeting approved with a correction.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion to approve 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. 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. Gifts to first time attendees. Loren is doing email addresses.


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:

The committee met on Friday, May 2, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. to count the ballots for the election of officers for the 2008-10 election. The ballots are available for inspection by OCSEA members.

The results of this election are as follows:

President Richard Berman

Vice President Mary Jane Roberts

Treasurer John Wells

Secretary Loren Myhill

President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the bargaining unit Agreement have been printed and should have been distributed to all bargaining unit members. Ask your regional office for your copy if you did not receive one already. The Contractual Agreement is also available on the OCDE intranet and at our website: 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 no 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 has 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.

Five members attended the Spring Leadership Conference in Palm Springs April 25 -- 27. Loren presented a summary of the topics and information presented.

New Business:

Special Guest: Nina Boyd attended the meeting and presented the members with an update on the RIF situation, a SERP update, non-reelect update, and a philosophy review:

Approximately 105 people have been impacted so far, with twelve classrooms closed, 32 temps non-reelected, 36 classified staff, 24 teachers given RIF notices, and 12 RIF notices rescinded. Nothing in the form of any kind of retirement incentive is going to happen this year. If a financial need develops in the future, the Department is always open to considering options, but only if they feel it is necessary. The members present were asked how many would retire now if the Department offered something, and about twenty raised their hands. Nina acknowledged that OCSEA has been pushing for this for two years, but that the Department is still philosophically opposed as well as not seeing the need for a retirement incentive because of their healthy financial position. In her opinion, other districts are doing it because they need to; the Department is not because they do not need to do it for now.

In answer to questions from the members regarding the previous SERP (2005), Nina said a savings of approximately 1.5 million dollars had been realized to date.

The Department's huge cash reserves cushion them from the effects of the Governor's budget for now and they believe there is no reason to do anything for teachers who will all eventually leave anyway. They see no need for cost savings from teacher's salaries. That is their philosophical position. Although she did acknowledge that there was a good argument for our position also, they are not planning to change.

Since the position of the union was not stated in the meeting, Loren is inserting his comment here at this point although it is not part of the official minutes of the meeting.

The philosophical position of the union is to do the greatest good for the greatest number, for now and the future. This includes students, teachers, and the entire organization. This includes using cost savings strategies at all times regardless of the excessive number of dollars in reserves that should have already been invested in educational services to students and teachers salaries as the State intended. I see the argument and philosophy of the Department as very shallow and short sighted. Hundreds of other Districts are not acting to do the right thing because they have been financially incompetent in their management of education funding. They are acting because it is financially beneficial to all involved, and OCDE should applaud and join them. They are adhering to the Standards for decision making that are logical and rational, rather than emotional. They are capturing the savings whenever possible. They are implementing a responsible strategy as soon as possible that will benefit everyone in the future. Everyone else is not out-of-step with OCDE, it is the philosophical position of OCDE that is not only out-of-step, but willfully losing millions needlessly.

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.

Day of the teacher parties will be held at three El Torito locations on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 3:00 -- 6:00 p.m. See your Site Rep for locations.

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:

Summer Institute: August 3 -- 8.

Attendance lists have been reviewed and replacements will be made at the June meeting.

Motion: To allocate funds for food and non-alcoholic beverages for the Day of the Teacher Celebrations which will be held at three sites on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Motion seconded. Motion carried.

Motion: That the OCSEA dues of $100.00 per year for our LEA remain the same for the next year. Motion seconded. Motion carried.

Motion: To send an email/make a telephone call as a reminder when Site Reps miss two meeting in a row and are at risk of losing their Site Rep voting rights. Motion carried.

Next Meeting: South Bristol at 3:15 on June 2, 2008.

Items from the 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.

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

Meeting adjourned at 5:43 p.m.

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