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June 4, 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.


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


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.

Gifts presented to first time attendees.


Communication:

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

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. A request was made to Joel to upload the new version of the contract to the website.


PAR Report:

There is an opportunity for new members to join this committee. The committee needs final budget report and renewal money from the State budget in order to continue next year.


Elections Committee:

No meeting held.


President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the bargaining unit Agreement have been printed and are available on the OCDE intranet. The contract is available at our web site www.ocsea.com. The IBPST continues to meet each month in preparation for next year's session that will begin in the fall. The primary topics last time were health benefits for retirees and adding roster size limitations for Special Education teachers to the contract. There was no opposition to the latter expressed, but Dick Nagle wanted to review the formula again.

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.

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.


Code of Conduct

One first time visitor voiced concern over fair and equal treatment of all members as a result of our discussion involving the Code of Conduct at a previous meeting. Numerous people clarified what was actually stated and this person was thanked by Loren for coming to express this concern on behalf of fellow teachers.

All are welcome to attend, participate, and witness in person everything that is said and done in all of our meetings.


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 granted permission to addend the President's Conference as a representative for OCSEA. Seconded by Mary Jane. Votes to approve: 11; Votes against: 0. Motion carried.

Motion: Mary Burton moved that we send up to five members to the UCLA Summer Institute. Seconded by Cara Pettite. Votes to approve: 11; Votes against: 0. Motion carried.

Motion: Cara Pettite moved that OCSEA receive a printed copy of the Contract delivered by the Department to all unit members as has been common practice in the past and as provided for under Contract Section 4.7. Seconded by Lupe Marino. Votes to approve: 11; Votes against: 0. Motion carried.

Motion: Carolyn Johnson moved that OCSEA wants the Department to cover the entire cost of any health benefits increase and the only changes would be for enhancements. Seconded by Ann Marie. Votes to approve: 11; Votes against: 0. Motion carried.

Motion: Lupe Marino moved that dues not be increased this year. Seconded by Mary Jane. Votes to approve: 9; Votes against: 1. Motion carried.


The Department reports that 69 teachers still do not have access to email.


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.


Health Benefits Review Committee: The renewal is for a 10% increase in costs to the Department.


Next Meeting: September 10, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.


Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.