Training In And Around Orange County

You have many opportunities to learn about your rights as an employee.
You also are encouraged to learn about your strength in the workplace.

Know Your Rights


Site Representative Training

Site Rep Training
Dates and Places:
WHEN:  Monday, October 10, 2011
WHERE: IrvineValleyCollege– BST 101 (Business Service Technology)
5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine 92620
TIME:     5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)
RSVP:  Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Click For Flyer
WHEN:  Thursday, October 13, 2011
WHERE: Buena Park Staff Development Center
6885 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park
TIME:     5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)
RSVP:     Friday, October 7, 2011 Click For Flyer
WHEN:  Tuesday, October 25, 2011
WHERE:  CSEA Orange Field Office – Training Room
TIME:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)
RSVP:     Friday, October 21 , 2011  Click For Flyer

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 8, 2011
WHERE:  Corona-Norco USD – Norco Learning Center
TIME:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)
RSVP:  Friday, November 4, 2011  Click For Flyer

Know Your Rights Training
Dates and Places:

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 1, 2011
WHERE: Garden Grove School District
8211 Lampson, Garden Grove
(M&O Meeting Room)
TIME:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)
RSVP: Friday, October 28, 2011 Click For Flyer
WHEN:  Tuesday, February 11, 2012
WHERE:  Orange Field Office
TIME:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)
WHEN:  Tuesday, April 3, 2012
WHERE: South Orange County Community College District
28000 Marguerite Parkway,Mission Viejo
TIME:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)

For those of you that may have missed it, YES, ” TIME:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)!”
Which leads us to the necessary ( yet, very pleasant ):

Please RSVP to FOAS, Julie Curran at 714/532-7122 or

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Did you miss…??? – “Did you know…???”

A selection from Classified Comments:

According to our contract – The unit member shall be compensated at one and one-half times the unit member’s regular rate of pay or given compensating time off equal to one and one-half times the hours of overtime worked.  Established in the California Education Code and a federal law called the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the FLSA requires employers to compensate employees for all work “suffered or permitted.” The FLSA also forbids employers from allowing employees to “volunteer” to work; employees must be paid to work!

Contributed by:
Linda Sandoval

Dear Governor Brown: Please, Veto SB161

Thursday, September 15, 2011

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

 Your immediate assistance is needed to urge Governor Jerry Brown to veto SB 161 (Huff) related to Diastat injections.

 Despite significant opposition from labor, education and health organizations the Legislature passed SB 161 (Huff) in the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session.  As you know, SB 161 would allow unlicensed classified employees and teachers to volunteer to inject Diastat to epileptic students.

 Diastat is valium that is injected rectally while the child is in the middle of a seizure.  Diastat also has to be injected wherever the child is having the seizure which 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 send a letter to Governor Jerry Brown asking him to “VETO” SB 161.  It is always better to personalize letters to the Governor, and we encourage you to do so.  If you are unable to personalize a letter, please use the attached sample letter to send to the Governor.  You can fax your letters to the Governor at (916) 558-3160, and/or you can mail your letter to the address provided on the sample letter.

 Other organizations opposing SB 161 include: the California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, Service Employees International Union, California Federation of Teachers, United Teachers of Los Angeles, American Nurses Association, California Labor Federation, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and several other organizations. [ sample letter below]


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 Communications Officers, Regional Representatives; Assistant Regional Representatives; Chairpersons and Members, Standing Committees; Political Action Coordinators; Retiree Political Action Coordinators; Regional Communications Officers; Retiree Unit Executive Board; All Staff.

 Click here for sample letter. ( PDF  and  Word Doc )


Ratification…. 2011/12 Update

On Thursday September 15th 2011, Members attended the meeting to vote on the Contract ratification.
Voting was held from 7:00 am until 5:00 with the Members of the CSEA Negotiations team present to answer questions and go over the Tentative Agreement in detail.
At 5:00 promptly the voting closed and the Tellers tallied the ballots.

At 6:00 pm the Tellers certified the vote and the New Contract was ratified with 86% of the vote.

The Negotiation Team extends their Thanks to the Membership for their support.
We also want to thank the member’s who took time out of their busy schedules to vote.

We want to extend our thanks to the tellers as well, Robert Moreno, Aydin Laghaie, Chris Lawyer, Janet Vash, Tristan Holt, Linda Sandoval, Ray Tschudy, and John Terby.
Tentative Agreement 9/7/2011

  • The full language of the T/A is in the link above. Just click on it. It is in a printable PDF format.
  • Also, be aware this is not official until it is passed by the board.
  • After that happens, it is the District’s obligation to produce written copies of the revised contract to any employee who asks for one. 

Tenative Agreement Reached

On the evening of September 7, 2011, your CSEA #293 bargaining team reached a Tentative Agreement with PYLUSD for your new contract. The full details of this Tentative Agreement will be presented to you – the members of CSEA #293 – for your approval (ratification) – at a special Ratification Meeting to be held on September 15, 2011 in the District board room.
The 11- 12 months employees will take 6 days, and 10.75 -9.0 will take 5 days furlough . There will be a one time step advance delay for 7 months.
Please plan to attend the meeting for full details on September 15 th.
While the TA does contain wage reductions in the form of furlough days as well as delays in step advancement, the TA does contain the following enhancements for you:

Enhanced contract language referring to Non-Discrimination Board Policies of PYLUSD

Enhanced ability to collect relevant District data in an electronic format

Dedicated space for you chapter to perform Chapter business on District grounds

Enhanced ability to select a member for classified interviews without getting district approval on the CSEA panel member

Binding Arbitration on grievances – This means that future disputes with the District over contractual issues can now be heard in front of a judge who will have the final say rather than the District

Enhanced contract language clarifying that unit members will not be evaluated by other unit members.

Enhanced Transfer and Promotion Language now combined into one article called Personnel Provisions. This new and stronger language will provide that transfer request from employees in the same class and same hours should be considered prior to filling a vacancies. It also provides that postings shall include the anticipated start and end times of the hours of the position.

Ability of employees to donate available sick leave to the Catastrophic Leave Bank upon separation from the District.

Clarification that employees who are or will be on leave will not be required to secure their own substitute
Clarification that no unit member will be required to receive training for a job duty not specified in the members job description or reasonably related to it.

Provisions for pay for on-call time so that employees are compensated if asked to monitor district issue equipment during their normal non-work time.

Improvements on property loss language of up to $500.

A commitment to address the Ewing re-class study of 2008 prior to June 30, 2012.

A commitment to ,within 6 months, establish a uniform workload for custodians
Language establishing that for the 2011/2012 school year, skills, seniority, and availability will be the criteria used in assigning overtime to maintenance employees.

Enhancement that opportunities for summer work in Special Education and Food Services will be communicated to employees working in those classifications and that members in these classifications will have the opportunity to identify their interest in these opportunities.
Layoff protection.

The Ratification meeting will be held at the District Board Room, 1301 Orangethorpe
Thursday September 15 th from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm.