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OCSEA Meeting Notes
June 3, 2013
The meeting was called to order at 3:42 p.m. by President John Wells.
1. Secretary Chris Off called the roll and a voting quorum was established. Eleven of the sixteen rep.council members were in attendance when the meeting was called to order. One rep. council member was excused.
2. Copies of the minutes of the May 6, 2013 meeting were available for review with no corrections made. No further discussion and the minutes were approved.
3. Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Marcia Garten made available the monthly treasurer's report. No discussion and the report was approved.
4. Vice President Report: Vice President Loren Myhill reported there are a total of 380 bargaining unit members.
5. President's Report: John Wells thanked those on the rep. council for this past year's service and welcomed the newly elected members for 2013-2015. President John Wells provided the monthly up-to-date handout detailing Association Business Time out of Class 2012-2013.
a) Budget Update- John Wells, Loren Myhill, Marcia Garten, Chris Off and Steve Slack attended a CTA budget update. In a nutshell, the State budget is not good, but it is improving. It is better than 5 years ago. We are waiting to find out what the States local control for funding is.
b) ACCESS ADA Update- John Wells reported that our ACCESS ADA is a bit better except for the fact that we will be collapsing the FIRE program and losing ~ 200 students, along with 8 teachers who will be impacted.
b) Itinerant Teachers Used as Floaters--Itinerant teachers (18 in ACCESS) have full contracts, full pay, benefits-they do not have transfer rights. 3 of our itinerants are currently being used as floaters. Itinerants go where they are placed. There will be places for all itinerants in the summer. Point of clarification: if the superintendant involuntarily transfers a teacher, they can go back to their original AU when they are no longer needed in their assigned position. When a teacher voluntarily goes to a different AU, they cannot come back to their original AU if there are no openings. There are also 3 ACCESS GE teachers who will be transferring to Special Education (2 involuntary) by the superintendant. No one likes to see involuntary transfers. It is a good idea to check involuntary on the form when asked to move.
c) FIRE issues- FIRE is collapsing. Inmates previously being served are being moved out of County Jail. We are losing students due to attrition. Eight teachers affected.
d) PCHS Summer Sign Ups- Sign ups have occurred with a lottery system. No one has been notified to date. There are more students signed up this year than in year's past.
e) HBRC (Health Benefits Review Committee) since co-pay was added for emergency room visits, our costs have gone down. There is a small increase of 3.1% of health benefits that we will pay. John Wells encouraged everyone to stay healthy, use the mail order prescription plan to save dollars. A joint OCDE/HOCO Family 5K Walk and Health Expo is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 7:45 am to 12:00pm. The cost is $3.00 per person to sign up. Over 20 vendors will be present. More info to come out from OCDE. John Wells clarified the differences for Time Off between sick leave, sick differential and catastrophic leave. Please ask your rep council member or John Wells if you need clarification on time off.
Committee Appointments- John Wells wants to reappoint all the current committee members. See OCSEA website for committee members. Some changes include:
-Appoint Diana Freeman and Julie Ames to Calendar Committee and add Tom Rotunno as alternate.
-Appoint Cheryl Stoltz and Alison Carey as alternates on Bargaining team.
-Appoint Patti Allen as alternate to Social Committee, with Cheryl Stoltz and Marcia Garten to co-chair. Discussion ensued for the social committee to meet over the summer to plan a possible December Holiday gathering for certificated staff at a local ELKs club to save costs. They will bring back ideas to the September meeting.
-Appoint a new committee for Retirement Recognition and a motion was made by Loren Myhill to form such a committee with Dave Bush seconding. John Wells appointed Carolyn Johnson as chair and added Dave Bush, Barbara Haddad, Cheryl Stoltz and Tom Rotunno. A motion was made by Dave Bush to reserve up to $1,000 for future retirees next year's recognition such as an official card, pin or gift card. Linda Gruber seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Julie Ames made a motion to ratify the committee appointments and Loren Myhill seconded. Motion passed.
Bargaining Update: The Bargaining team and the rep. council and members are in agreement as to maintaining the current class size. We will vote on a new contract this month. The bargaining team would like to ask for a small salary increase as well. There is no contract language to change for this upcoming contract when brought to the rep council and members. Tom Rotunno made a motion to ratify the upcoming contract by email voting when it is ready. He also made a motion not to hold an OCSEA July or August meeting. Julie Ames seconded. No one opposed and motion passed. John Wells will check availability of a January 13th, 2014 OCSEA meeting to add to our current 9 meetings which will bring us up to 10 meeting per year.
Meeting was adjourned at 4:52 p.m.
Next meeting Monday, September 9, 2013 at 3:30 at 281 North Rampart St. Suite A., Orange, CA 92868