May 21, 2008
In California and elsewhere the trend toward outsourcing, or contracting-out, has been growing at an alarming rate.
For public schools, there is an outside company available for virtually every classified service. While it makes good public rhetoric to proclaim cost-savings for cash strapped schools, outsourcing brings with it a host of problems—and in many cases, it produces little or no cost-savings at all.
Classified employees have become a target
Everyday, California’s school employees – instructional assistants, school security guards, school bus drivers and others – work hard to educate and serve our children.
In tight budget times many of these dedicated employees have become a target for outsourcing. Sometimes called “privatization,” school districts are exploring ways to hand over important public service jobs to huge, private corporations who pay their employees lower wages and provide few, if any, health benefits.
We should not sacrifice the jobs of hard working public employees to help the profits of big corporations, eliminating the laws that require them to justify cost savings and guarantee quality, so they can engage in unregulated contracts and increase their profits at the taxpayers’ expense.
SB 1419 provides contracting safeguards
In 2002, California passed SB 1419, a law that established reasonable safeguards for school districts to follow prior to contracting-out classified services. The law doesn’t prohibit outsourcing, it simply establishes common-sense requirements—such as competitive bidding, fingerprinting and background checks, and proof of cost savings—to protect our students and taxpayers.
May 20, 2008
I just want to thank all the folks that came out the picnic, we met new friends from other departments and had a good ol time cooking and talking and getting to know each other outside of work. Despite of the heat we also got the chance to play a little game of soccer… and the teams were divided by girls against guys…. better luck next year boys, because the girls won!!!! ha ha… well, I sure hope to see all my new friends around the district and hope to see you all back next year! Til then…. Marilyn.
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May 19, 2008
Many of you are confused when asked whether or not you are a member. There is an easy way to check with out having to call anyone.
Just look at your Check stub, you will find on your Check Stub an area where your deductions are ..
There will be a line that says CSEA STATE DUES that is the required dues that everyone pays, also known as a service fee. This fee Varies. It is based on a percentage of salary.
The Next line you will look for is the CSEA DUES/FEES line that will be for $2.00 ( $20.00 a year ) That is your membership dues, and if you are Victory club you will see an additional line that says CSEA PROF.
That amount can vary. Both the V.C and the Membership Dues are voluntary, But You MUST pat the membership dues in order to VOTE, or receive additional benefits. I have highlighted My check stub so you can see what they look like.
If you do not have the additional $2.00 Never fear one of us can help you, e-mail, call or contact Barbara Green in Accounts payable and we’ll sign you up.
May 14, 2008
At last night’s meeting the membership voted and selected 7 delegates to go to the Conference in Las Vegas this Year.
Those selected are:
Allyson Holt, Chapter President and School bus driver
Gladys Fetter, Site Representative coordinator and Computer Instructor
Meredith Castillo, Vice President and Night Custodian
Marilyn De la Torre, Site Rep. and Bus driver
Robert Moreno ,Member and Assessment center
Rene Dominguez, Member and Dispatcher
Nancy Lavallee , Past Association Officer, Negotiations, and other various committee member, Dispatcher.
Many thanks to them for taking on this big task and representing us at the conference this year.
Get Involved Next year this could be you.
May 13, 2008
During the last month I was invited and attended the CPR. What you may ask is CPR? It is not as many of you may be thinking , Cardio- Pulmonary Resuscitation Classes. Well at least not this time. In this case it stands for Chapter President’s Retreat. Although it is in a way the restarting of a heart… The heart of our Chapter. It was in effect an operation designed to bring US back to life… It sounds far more relaxing than it actually was. CPR is a an intense four day immersion training where new chapter president’s are taught the policies , and procedures of CSEA. President’s and some Vice president’s are given tools to help grow and protect their Chapter’s, and their members. We were taught how to be more effective leaders. We were taught how to bring our Chapter’s back from the rocks…
It also allowed me and the other leaders to meet and compare notes on how things are going through out California. To make friend’s and allies for our member’s and to allow us to network and find answer’s from our peer’s. It was a way to energize and inspire us to do great things for those who asked us to take this office. It would be impossible to describe this intense, hands on experience for some one who had not been there. I am happy to say that the training though exhausting, was all of those things and more for me. It gave me Ideas, and inspiration…
I hope that I will be able to serve the membership in a much more effective way and will aid me to enable the membership to take action where necessary and to aid in the improvement of OUR DISTRICT. I am also Happy to say that I met and made new and strong friendships from those in neighboring District’s, in a time when it may be of use to be able to all stand together. And after those four days of training, and classes, and practice, and pages and pages and pages of policy….
I graduated to come home to serve our chapter, and our family and put what I was taught to work….
So expect to see a lot of me, and my beautiful Blue jacket and expect me to come up and ask you to help me help you. Together we can change the way things are done , together we can change and shape our future.
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CSEA Chapter President,
May 2, 2008
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