From your Organizing Committee: Save these dates!

July 29, 2009

YOUR JOB IS NOT SAFE!

* The District has a plan to lay off employees, reduce and eliminate hours, health benefits, and wages.

* As Classified employees, there is something all of us can do about it.

* Your fellow Classified members of CSEA #293 have formed a committee to protect our rights and push back the District’s plan.

* The District has not explored all possible solutions and their unnecessary plan will have a disastrous impact on Classified employees.

* There are alternatives and your committee is seeking your input to develop a proposal in order to preserve our jobs and health benefits while addressing the District’s funding limits.
Check your mail for updates.
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Remember to Save these Important Upcoming Dates:
*August 5th Survey Return Deadline
**August 31st District Convocation, Please attend for important updates
**September 14th Chapter 293 Meeting at 5:15 in the Transportation Lounge,
***Voting on Proposal on Contract Re-openers***
**September 15th First School Board Meeting of the new school year Your attendance is Strongly requested**


Budget Update – Governor Signs Budget Package

July 29, 2009

July 28, 2009

Budget Update – Governor Signs Budget Package

Today, the Governor signed into law the 27 bill package to address the state’s $26 billion deficit. The Governor’s 2009-10 revised budget package imposes approximately $16.1 billion in cuts and impacts virtually all programs across the state, including $5.7 billion in cuts to education. These cuts are devastating due to the refusal of anti-education, anti-labor legislators to increase new revenues or eliminate corporate tax giveaways.

As promised, the Governor used his line item veto authority to impose an additional $489 million in cuts above the budget package that was passed by the legislature. Approximately $394 million, or 80%, of this amount represents cuts to Health and Human Services programs. Due to the efforts of CSEA and the Education Coalition the Governor’s additional cuts to education were minimal and focused on programs administered at the state level rather than locally funded programs.
The items vetoed include:

* $80 million in funds allocated to counties to finance programs that investigate and remediate cases of child abuse and neglect.

* $60.6 million from funds used to pay for Medi-Cal eligibility workers at the county level.

* $52 million from the Office of AIDS Prevention and Treatment which will result in elimination of all services except providing drug assistance and monitoring.

* $50 million from Healthy Families Program. This is in addition to $124 million previously cut from the Healthy Families Program.

* $27.8 million from the Williamson Act program which provides money to counties that give tax breaks to landowners who keep their land as open space.

* $6.2 million in additional cuts to state parks.

What’s Next?

Now that the budget has been signed, CSEA, the Education Coalition and the Fair Budget Coalition are exploring several strategies to hold the Governor and legislature accountable for this terrible budget. As these plans develop, you will receive further information and we will look to CSEA leaders, members and staff to continue the fight for justice for education and the other communities of people who have been made to unfairly pay the highest price in this immoral budget.


Volunteer’s come to Orange Field Office to Prepare Survey for Chapter.

July 28, 2009

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On Monday July 27th in Preparation for our Negotiations response, Volunteer’s came to the Orange field office to Hand Process the Survey.
These volunteer’s are fellow Classified employee’s and chapter member’s who gave up part of their summer break, and will meet again before the convocation to ensure your voice is heard.
All Year, we, your fellow active union members from PYLUSD have taken time out from our busy schedules, to help plan and deliver this mailer to YOU.
Why would we give up our freedom on a day off?
Because our jobs are on the line.
Your Chapter of CSEA, needs your help to make this happen. We all need to help.
Together we are committed to hear your voice.
This survey is the 1st step we can take to let our leadership know what important notes should be sung and how loud “WE” need to sing them together.
Be a part of the choir to educate our kids.
If you would like to volunteer your time, please include your contact information when you return your survey.
Your information will never be shared with out your permission.
Please promptly fill out and return your survey in the provided envelope, before 8/4/2009.
Thank You
Christy Lawyer, Tynes LMT and Job Steward
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Budget Update – Legislature Passes Budget Revision: July 24,1009

July 24, 2009

July 24, 2009

Budget Update – Legislature Passes Budget Revision

The Senate passed the budget just after 6 a.m. Friday morning with the Assembly following suit later in the afternoon. The budget deal includes approximately $15 billion in draconian cuts to state funded programs, including $5.7 billion in cuts to education. These cuts are devastating due to the refusal of anti-education, anti-labor legislators to increase new revenues or eliminate corporate giveaways. The budget borrows billions of dollars from local governments and relies on accounting tricks and one time solutions to bridge the $26 billion shortfall.

Highlights of the Impact on Education:

* No Suspension – the plan avoids suspending Proposition 98; CSEA and the Education Coalition actively opposed suspension. Under the budget agreement, approximately $1.6 billion in unallocated categorical funding from the 08-09 fiscal year would be withheld to bring Proposition 98 down to the minimum guarantee. The funding would be restored in the 09-10 fiscal year to backfill and maintain the level of categorical funding.

* Maintenance Factor – the plan would also statutorily certify the amounts of the Proposition 98 minimum guarantees and outstanding balances for the 2005-06 through 2008-09 fiscal years, including that the maintenance factor owed in 2008-09 is $11.2 billion and provides that this amount will be restored to the Proposition 98 base as otherwise provided in the Constitution.

* Home-to-School Transportation – the program is reduced by 20% equal to other categorical programs with language that protects the base funding for transportation. Funds may transferred from specified categorical programs into transportation, but funds may not be transferred out of transportation. CSEA’s active opposition successfully prevented the disproportionate 65% cut in home-to-school transportation that was proposed by the Governor.

* No contracting out, pension reductions or retiree health care reductions – Governor Schwarzenegger proposed to repeal SB 1419 and allow school districts to outsource classified jobs and he proposed to roll back retirement benefits and create a two-tier pension system. CSEA strongly opposed these proposals and worked closely with Senate Pro Tem Steinberg and Speaker Bass to prevent these proposals from becoming part of the budget deal.

Additional impacts on education include:

* Reduces school district and county office of education revenue limits by $2.4 billion in 2009-10, including a commensurate categorical reduction for Basic Aid Districts.

* Defers of $1.7 billion in revenue limit payments from 2009-10 to 2010-11.

* Provides several additional program and funding flexibility options, beyond what was provided in February, such as:

o Suspending the High School Exit Exam as a requirement for graduation for students with disabilities beginning in 2009-10;

o Authorizing local education agencies (LEAs), to reduce the number of instructional days to 175 per year through 2012-13, subject to collective bargaining;

o Allowing school districts to sell surplus property not purchased with state funds and use proceeds for general fund purposes for nearly three years;

o Suspending the remaining routine maintenance reserve requirement of one percent through 2012-13 for school districts that meet the facility requirements of the Williams settlement;

o Lowering the minimum reserves for economic uncertainty to one-third of the currently required level for 2009-10 provided that LEAs make annual progress in fully restoring these reserves by 2011-12.

* Community Colleges are cut by approximately $700 million, but will receive an additional $130 million in federal funds and $80 million from a fee increase of $26 per unit.

* The deal also provides the Community Colleges Categorical Program some “flexibility” by allowing funding from selected programs to be moved to better meet the needs of the districts.

Additional details of the budget revision include:

· $2.8 billion in cuts to state colleges and universities;

· $2 billion in cuts to health programs and $1.2 billion in cuts to social services;

· $1.2 billion from the prison system;

· State workers will continue to be furloughed three days a month through the end of the fiscal year, representing a 15 percent annual pay cut;

· Accelerating the collection of income and corporation taxes;

· Suspension of automatic cost-of-living increases for state colleges and universities, courts, the prison system and other state programs;

· Tightening eligibility rules for CalWorks, and increasing scrutiny of the In-Home Supportive Services program;

· The mergers and consolidations of some state agencies.

Again, this budget is the most unjust budget in the history of California. This is due largely to the actions of a minority faction of anti-labor, anti-education legislators who have used the 2/3rds budget vote requirement to hold California’s budget hostage to protect unfair corporate oil and tobacco tax loopholes at the expense of the most vulnerable – the young, the elderly, the sick, and the poor, along with public employees, and our state’s students in public schools, community colleges and universities.

What’s Next?

We expect the Governor to sign the budget agreement within the next few days.

CSEA, the Education Coalition and the Fair Budget Coalition are exploring several strategies to hold the Governor and legislature accountable for this terrible budget. As these plans develop, you will receive further information and we will look to CSEA leaders, members and staff to continue the fight for justice for education and the other communities of people who have been made to unfairly pay the highest price in this immoral budget.

Caution: This report is based on the latest budget information. The information may change as analysis of the budget bills continues. We will provide you with additional reports on any new and significant findings.

DISTRIBUTION: Board of Directors; Retiree Unit Board; Political Action for Classified Employees Committee; Legislative Committee; Regional Representatives; Regional Political Actions Coordinators (PACs); Retiree PACs; Regional Public Relations Officers; Chapter Presidents; Chapter Political Action Chairs; Chapter Public Relations Officers; Executive Director; All Staff.


Budget Update – Big 5 Agree to a Budget Plan

July 22, 2009

July 21, 2009

Late Monday night, legislative leaders and the Governor announced that they had agreement on a plan to solve the state’s $26.3 billion budget deficit. The plan would impose approximately $15 billion in draconian cuts to state funded programs, including $5.2 billion in cuts to education. These cuts were so deep due to the refusal of conservatives to increase new revenues or eliminate corporate giveaways. The budget borrows billions of dollars from local governments and relies on accounting tricks and one time solutions to bridge the shortfall.

Highlights of the Impact on Education

* No Suspension – the plan avoids suspending Proposition 98; CSEA and the Education Coalition actively opposed suspension. Under the budget agreement, approximately $1.5 billion in unallocated categorical funding from the 08-09 fiscal year would be withheld to bring Proposition 98 down to the minimum guarantee. The funding would be restored in the 09-10 fiscal year to backfill and maintain the level of categorical funding.

* Maintenance Factor – the plan would also statutorily certify the reduced level of funding for the 08-09 fiscal year, thereby creating a maintenance factor and future obligation to restore $11.2 billion in education funding in future years.

* Home-to-School Transportation – the program is reduced by 20% equal to other categorical programs with language that protects the base funding for transportation. Funds may transferred from specified categorical programs into transportation, but funds may not be transferred out of transportation. CSEA’s active opposition successfully prevented the disproportionate 65% cut in home-to-school transportation that was proposed by the Governor.

* No contracting out, pension reductions or retiree health care reductions – Governor Schwarzenegger proposed to repeal SB 1419 and allow school districts to outsource classified jobs and he proposed to roll back retirement benefits and create a two-tier pension system. CSEA strongly opposed these proposals and worked closely with Senate Pro Tem Steinberg and Speaker Bass to prevent these proposals from becoming part of the budget deal.

What’s Next?

Legislative leaders have indicated that the plan will be put before the full Senate and Assembly for vote on July 23rd. If the measure passes both houses and the Governor signs it, a revised 2009-10 budget could be in place by early next week. GR staff will continue to monitor the budget process and will provide a new update when additional information is available.

Caution: This report is based on the latest budget information. The information may change as budget negotiations continue. We will provide you with additional reports on any new and significant findings.


School Board Passes Resoultion: Possible Work Year/ Salary Cuts, Layoffs for 2009/2010

July 16, 2009

As I previously reported to you the School Board / District have sunshined their re openers for the contract negotiations for 2009/10 school year.
I now have the actual text of the Resolution presented at the June 23rd school board meeting and Passed by the School Board.
I will reprint it here for you to read for yourselves.

Resolution No. 40 Of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Whereas, the State of California is projecting a state budget shortfall of $24.3 Billion for the 2009-2010 school year.
Whereas, the State Of California may be proposing a $3.9 billion reduction in the state support for K-12 public schools in 2009-2010 fiscal year.
Whereas, as a result of these unprecedented cutbacks in state funding the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District will be required to reduce its 2009-2010 budget in the amount of $15.2 million
Whereas, employee salaries and benefits are over 86% of the school district budget
Whereas, due to the uncertainty of the law, the governing board of the Placenti-Yorba Linda Unified School District wishes to reserve its right to negotiate and /or enact salary reductions for the Certificated and Classified employees for the 2009/2010 fiscal year.
Now; Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the governing board of the Placentia- yorba Linda Unified School District does hereby:
1. Find that it is necessary to negotiate a reduction in salaries for the certificated and classified employee for the 2009/2010 fiscal year
2. Reserve the right to initiate negotiations under the States collective bargaining laws Government code 3540 et seq., to reduce certificated and classified salaries for the 2009/2010 fiscal year.
3. The work year , compensation and benefits for the fiscal year 2009-2010 are hereby declared to be indefinite pending negotiations and all salary scheduled shall continue on an interim, indefinite basis only, subject to any negotiated and/or adopted changes.
4. The Superintendent or designee shall notify all administrative, supervisory, confidential and unrepresented employees before July 1, 2009 of the indefinite nature of the 2009/2010 work year, compensation and benefits, with the possibility that significant adjustment may be with respect to work year: compensation and benefits and other cost containment matters.
5. The Superintendent or designee, shall notify the exclusive representatives of any recognized bargaining units ( classified and certificated) before July 1,2009, of the indefinite nature of the 2009/2010 work year, compensation and benefits and request to schedule negotiations, which may require reductions regarding the work year, compensation and benefits for the 2009/2010 fiscal year and othe rcost containment matters.
Passed and adopted by the board of Education of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District on this 23rd Day of June 2009.