Help Support AB 925

June 25, 2011

Action Alert on AB 925 (Lara & Alejo) Classified Employee Rights in Independent Charter Schools

 Your immediate assistance is needed.  Next Wednesday, June 29th, the Senate Education Committee will be hearing CSEA sponsored Assembly Bill 925 (Lara and Alejo).  This bill would provide equity to classified employees working independent charter schools by subjecting independent charter schools to Education code provisions that provide basic rights and benefits to classified employees.

 We need you to call the members of the Senate Education Committee to express your support of AB 925, and to ask for a YES vote on this bill.  The committee members are listed as follows:

Member

Capitol Office

District Office

Alan Lowenthal, Chair

(916) 651-4027

(562) 529-6659

Sharon Runner, Vice Chair

(916) 651-4017

(661) 729-6232

Elaine Alquist

(916) 651-4013

(408) 286-8318

Sam Blakeslee

(916) 651-4015

(408) 277-9461

Loni Hancock

(916) 651-4009

(510) 286-1333

Bob Huff

(916) 651-4029

(909) 598-3981

Carol Liu

(916) 651-4021

(818) 409-0400

Curren Price

(916) 651-4026

(213) 745-6656

Joe Simitian

(916) 651-4011

(650) 688-6384

Juan Vargas

(916) 651-4040

(619) 409-7690

Please make sure you use the following points when you contact the Senators:

  • Assembly Bill 925 is a simple bill that provides classified employees in independent charter schools with basic rights such as sick leave, bereavement leave and the right to receive a fair warning before being laid off.
  • AB 925 is about basic rights that should not have to be negotiated and should apply to all workers.
  • Nothing in AB 925 prevents well-run charter schools from fulfilling their original intent – to allow for innovative teaching methods, provide parents with expanded choices and to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.
  • The bill protects students from exposure to illness by allowing sick employees to stay at home, and ensures that grieving employees don’t have to choose between mourning the loss of a loved one and earning their paycheck.
  • I urge the Senator to support AB 925 in the Senate Education Committee.  The bill will be heard on Wednesday, June 28th.

Thank you for making these important calls in support of Assembly Bill 925.


Ask for a “NO” vote on SB 161

June 25, 2011

Action Alert on SB 161 (Huff) Diastat Injections by Unlicensed Classified School Employees

 Your immediate assistance is needed.  On Wenesday, July6th, the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee will be hearing SB 161 (Huff).  This bill would allow unlicensed classified employees and teachers to volunteer to inject Diastat to epileptic students.

 As you know, Diastat is valium that is injected rectally to a child while they are having a seizure.  Diastat also has to be injected wherever the child is having the seizure, and that could be on the playground, in the lunchroom, on a school bus or anywhere on the school campus.  It is very likely the injection will be done in the presence of other children and school employees.

 We need you to call the members of the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee to express your opposition to SB 161, and to ask for a “NO” vote on this bill.  The committee members are listed as follows:
Please make sure you use the following points when you contact the Assembly Members:

Member

Capitol Office

District Office

Julia Brownley, Chair

(916) 319-2041

(818) 596-4141

Chris Norby, Vice Chair

(916) 319-2072

(714) 672-4734

Tom Ammiano

(916) 319-2013

(415) 557-3013

Joan Buchanan

(916) 319-2015

(925) 328-1515

Betsy Butler

(916) 319-2053

(310) 615-3515

Wilmer Amina Carter

(916) 319-2062

(909) 820-5008

Mike Eng

(916) 319-2049

(626) 382-0049

Beth Gaines

(916) 319-2004

(916) 774-4430

Linda Halderman

(916) 319-2029

(559) 446-2029

Donald P. Wagner

(916) 319-2070

(949) 863-7070

Das Williams

(916) 319-2035

(805) 564-1649

  • I am an unlicensed classified school employee that strongly opposes SB 161.  This bill allows unlicensed school employees to rectally inject Diastat to child who is having a seizure. 
  • Diastat should only be administered by appropriately licensed and trained medical professionals like Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). 
  • SB 161 provides for some liability protection, but more is needed. 
  • Not only does this bill ask unlicensed school employees to rectally inject Diastat, it also asks them to perform medical assessments.  Only emergency medical professionals should decide if a child, who has been injected with Diastat, can go back to class or needs to go to the hospital.  This is not something unlicensed classified school employees should be doing.
  • I urge the Assembly Member to oppose SB 161 in the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee.  The bill will be heard on Wednesday, July 6th.

If you are a constituent, please let the person who answers the phone know that. 

Thank you for making these important calls in opposition to SB 161 (Huff).


Negotiations Update for June 23 2011

June 23, 2011

Your negotiations team met with the district yet again on June 23. The district and the team participated in more in-depth discussions regarding the 11/12 budget, as it was presented to the school board this week. The district team shared that there is currently a 6.96% reserve balance in the general fund (3% is required by the state), and an anticipated 4.53% reserve for 11/12.

The CSEA team explored district-proposed options for cutting costs. We also analyzed their proposal to evaluate if it would have a disproportionate effect on classified employees as compared to certificated and management employees. We continue to search for the best way to protect our unit member’s jobs and paychecks.

We have scheduled another negotiations session for Wednesday June 29. We will update you again after that meeting.

Your CSEA negotiations team members,
Allyson Holt, Nancy Lavallee, Cheryl Townsend, Job Suarez, Joan Miller


Get Information: June Meeting

June 13, 2011

This will be the last meeting of this school year.

Get information about your negotiations.

Find out about CalPERS elections.

Please remember that Monday, June 13th, will be our next chapter meeting. We will be meeting at the ESC. It will  be held in the conference room. Our meeting will begin at 5:15 pm.

Site Reps can start meeting with us at 4:45.
There will be information to take back to your sites.

The ESC is located at 4999 Casa Loma Avenue
in the city of Yorba Linda.

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Negotiations Update June 10, 2011 Session 5

June 10, 2011

Your CSEA negotiations team met again with the District for our 5th bargaining session on June 10.

While our proposal has the goal of preserving our rights and protecting jobs, the district’s proposal focuses on salary reductions via furlough days and step delays, changes to the calculation of seniority regarding layoff/bumping rights, and the district’s desire to change work hours.

We have not yet reached any agreement regarding concessions for wages or changes to health and welfare, as we are waiting for the CSEA budget analysis and for additional information which we have requested from the district.

We are scheduled to meet again with the district on June 23, and we will send you another update at that time.

Thank you for all your support,
Your CSEA team
Allyson Holt, Nancy Lavallee, Cheryl Townsend, Job Suarez, Joan Miller


Negotiations Update 3

June 1, 2011

CSEA met with the District on May 25th, to continue negotiations.
There were discussions in general and the District made counter proposals to CSEA’s original proposal.
CSEA has asked for information and the next date has been set for June 7th.
Thank You for your continued support
Allyson Holt, Cheryl Townesend, Job Suarez, Nancy Lavallee and Joan Miller.