Thank You Jose Solorio

August 29, 2011

I would like to thank State Assemblyman Jose Solorio from Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana for His support and His vote against AB 161 the bill calling for the legalization of Administration of Diastat by unlicensed Classified Personnel.
While those who have brought forth this bill are well meaning and believe that they are acting in the belief that they are doing their best for the Children affected, we appreciate that Mr. Solorio is standing with those of us who believe that the proposed bill does not adequately address the concerns of those who would be called upon to administer the medication, and the hazards of having unlicensed personnel perform these medical procedures out weigh the potential benefits.
It takes a strong leader to stand in solidarity and for His beliefs.
Thank You Again.
Allyson Holt
CSEA PAC Region 22, Area H
Chapter President PYLUSD 293


Let Them Know: We Say- “NO”- To SB 161

August 27, 2011

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

Your immediate assistance is needed.  Next week SB 161, the bill that will allow unlicensed classified employees and teachers to volunteer to inject Diastat to epileptic students, will be voted on by the full Assembly.

 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 your Assembly Member and ask for a “NO” vote on this bill.  You can find out who your legislator is and his/her phone number by going to the following link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html

We also want to give special recognition for those Assembly Members who already took a stance with CSEA and either voted “NO” or abstained on SB 161.  We would ask that you call them and thank them for their vote on SB 161.

Assembly Member

District

Phone Number

Tom Ammiano

AD 13

(415) 557-3013

Steven Bradford

AD 51

(310) 412-6400

Nora Campos

AD 23

(408) 277-1220

Wilmer Amina Carter

AD 62

(909) 820-5008

Mike Eng

AD 49

(626) 382-0049

Isadore Hall

AD 52

(310) 223-1201

Mary Hayashi

AD 18

(510) 583-8818

Ricardo Lara

AD 50

(562) 927-1200

Jose Solario

AD 69

(714) 939-8469

Das Williams

AD 35

(805) 564-1649

Please make sure you use the following points when you contact your Assembly Member: 

  • I am a classified school employee and I strongly oppose SB 161.  This bill allows unlicensed school employees to rectally inject Diastat to a child who is having a seizure. 
  • Diastat should only be administered by appropriately licensed and trained medical professionals like Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). 
  • 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 ask that the Assembly Member please oppose this bill on the Assembly Floor. 

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

If you wish to comment or would like additional information, please contact: Dave Low, Executive Director; Jai Sookprasert, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations; Dolores Duran-Flores, Legislative Advocate; Steve Henderson, Legislative Advocate; Joshua Golka, Legislative Advocate, 1127 11th Street, Suite. 346, Sacramento, California  95814.  Toll Free: (800) 867-2026.

 Distribution: Board of Directors; Alternate Area Directors; Chapter Presidents; Chapter Political Action Chairpersons; Chapter Public Relations Officers, Regional Representatives; Assistant Regional Representatives; Chairpersons and Members, Standing Committees; Political Action Coordinators; Retiree Political Action Coordinators; Regional Public Relations Officers; Retiree Unit Executive Board; All Staff.


Michael Bilbrey elected to CalPERS board

August 27, 2011

From CSEA:

 
Michael Bilbrey has won election to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration. Bilbrey, CSEA First Vice President, handily won a special runoff election to take a seat on the 13-member board.

“Thank you to everyone for all your support and diligent efforts on our campaign,” said Bilbrey, a 22-year employee of Citrus College and the only classified school employee on the ballot. “Your dedication to winning this election made all the difference!”

According to the unofficial vote count, Bilbrey received 117,034 votes while opponent Richard Ross received 78,718 votes.   The result is not official until certified by the California Secretary of State’s Office.

Association President Allan Clark was thrilled with the results, saying that it showed CSEA’s dedication.

“Thanks to all the CSEA members and staff who worked to elect Michael Bilbrey to the CalPERS Board of Administration,” he said. “Your efforts in this campaign made the difference for Michael. He was an outstanding candidate and will be an even better CalPERS board member.”

Executive Director Dave Low said the campaign presented particular challenges. He said with 1.3 million eligible voters and privacy issues preventing access to voter lists, CSEA members had to mobilize.

“Union member-to-member programs became substantially more important and decisive,” Low said. “Thanks again for the work you did to ensure classified pensions are in good hands.”

Bilbrey and Ross were among a field of eight candidates vying for a member-at-large board seat following the resignation of Kurato Shimada last August. A runoff election was held after no candidate received the majority of votes in the first round of the election that took place earlier this spring. Bilbrey will serve out the remainder of the term vacated by Shimada, which ends on Jan. 15, 2014.

Bilbrey becomes the second CSEA member to currently sit on the CalPERS board. CSEA Past President Rob Feckner is the current CalPERS board president.

“I am eager to take my seat alongside CalPERS Board President Feckner to represent all of you and public employees statewide.”

Members of the CalPERS Board of Administration are responsible for the management and control of CalPERS, including the exclusive control of the administration and investment of the Public Employees’ Retirement Fund. The board meets every month, usually in Sacramento. In addition to the monthly board meetings, board members may also serve on a permanent and/or ad hoc committees, which review and report on specific programs, projects, or issues and make recommendations to the Board.

For information:

Use the box to the right titled “RELATED WEBSITES” and click on “PERS”


Warning …..PayCheck Deception Petition….

August 19, 2011

In the next several months you may be approached throughout the area by those who will tell you that they are interested in protecting YOUR PAYCHECK.!

But don’t believe it… It’s just the Fat Cat Corporations, at it again, attempting to silence you voice by making it more difficult to be organized.
The petition signature gatherers will tell you that they are trying to protect your rights, your Paycheck and even your Pension in order to get your signature when the opposite is true.

As you are all keenly aware, many of the challenges we face ,including budget reductions, are connected with events in Sacramento in the State Legislature. As a result, historically, CSEA has been politically active in order to help elect classified friendly politicians and to advocate for stronger worker protections including the CA Education Code. CSEA and other unions will see their capacity to affect these type of positive changes greatly curtailed by the enactment of this initiative.

Please do not sign this petition, and let your family and friends know that this is a bald faced lie constructed to take you rights away.
If you encounter one of these petition Signature Gatherers, call 1-877-440-9585, and let CSEA know where they are, so that CSEA can work to correct the deception.

However If you have found that you were tricked by their deceptive practices, do not worry there is a form to fill out and return that will invalidate the fraudulently obtained signature. Which is also attached here below . Click on the image to magnify it, print it and fill it in and return it to one of your CSEA reps, or send it to the Orange Field office.
CSEA/ Orange FO
326 W KATELLA AVE #E
ORANGE , CA 92867
If you have further questions or Concerns please contact LRR Brady Bailo at 714-532-7129

Thank You
Allyson Holt


Annual Area H Labor Day Picnic

August 12, 2011

SAVE  THE  DATE!!!!

 

Saturday- September 3, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

Come and Celebrate Labor Day at the. . .

Santa Ana Zoo From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Members, Spouses, and Their Children Under 18
  • Lunch Served From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Admission is FREE ( bring blankets and chairs )
  • Fun and Games ( Giant Bounce House!!!! )

Join In On The Fun with hundreds of your union Brothers and Sisters in celebration of the work we all do. Make this year an even bigger success than last year.

Find out all the details by clicking here.
Contact Julie Curran if you need more info
714-532-7122 jcurran1@csea.com


Interview Committee Training

August 11, 2011

Are you interested in becoming more involved with CSEA?  We are looking for chapter members who would like to be trained to serve as the CSEA representative on District panel interviews.

Over the past years we have made great strides to be a part of the Panel process and we need more individual to join our team.  Just last year, our District conducted over 72 interviews for open positions, which CSEA participated in.

Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 6-8pm at ESC
Dinner provided if you RSVP. to Chris Lawyer
ctdk@sbcglobal.net or 714 615-0896.

Here are just a few answers to questions you might have.

If I’m on the clock will I get paid for my regular shift, and who releases me? 

Yes you will get paid for your normal shift to participate on this committee if the interview is scheduled during your shift time.  The Personnel office will send a release notice to your supervisor. 

If I’m off the clock when the interviews are conducted, will I receive pay? 

No, unfortunately you would be on the “volunteering” clock, which doesn’t pay.  All of our volunteer hours make this chapter a great success!!

How will I know if the interview is being conducted properly and who do I report back to? 

Through this training you will be given an outline and guidelines on how the interviews are supposed to be conducted, and what your role will be as the CSEA Representative.  You will report back to the Association President (Allyson Holt) or a designated E-Board member.

What is my role on this committee?

To insure that our CSEA members are interviewed fairly and that the guidelines set up are followed properly.

How will I know the guidelines? 

Come to training.  Only those members who attend training will be granted the opportunity to participate on the panel.

Will there be additional trainings, if I can’t make it on August 31?

Yes, however it may not be until November or December. We will need to see how many folks can’t make this one.

Here is our contract language which allows CSEA to participate on these Panels:

13.1.4 – Interview Panel – Unit members who file for vacancies during the posting period shall be interviewed by a panel of District employees referred to as the Interview Panel.

The District shall involve the Chapter President and/or her/his designee to designate a mutually agree upon CSEA member in the interview process for all classified vacancies of a promotional nature or any vacancy for which a current unit member applies.  In addition, a representative and/or designee from the Personnel Office will also serve on the interview panel.

13.1.5 – Unit members who serve on the Interview Panel will receive a schedule of the unit members being interviewed, copies of candidates applications, current job posting, job description, interview questions and rating sheets.

Contributed by Chris Lawyer