Auto Program and Auto/Home Insurance For CSEA Members

April 26, 2012

Save BIG money with United Insurance Partners (UIP). Receive a $10 Starbucks card or two free AMC Movie Tickets just for comparing how UIP rates compare to your current policies. If you end up purchasing a new Auto policy, receive a $100 gas card! UIP is a broker that offers quality insurance carriers you know and the low CSEA Member prices you want. CSEA Members can count on fast service and low-cost, quality insurance coverage for Auto, Home, Condo, Townhouse, Recreational Vehicles, Motor Homes, Jet Skis, and more!

Call UIP at 800-707-2360 or go to http://www.go2uip.com/cseagascard/ today!

Sometimes we need to face facts, and the vanagon is a “vana-gone.” Is it time to buy a new car, but you keep going over the “it costs this vs. it costs that?” CSEA’s Auto Purchasing Program brings you Fleet Discount Pricing from participating auto dealers. This program enables you to get a fair price without the showroom hassle or any added costs of an auto-broker middleman. Call 866-487-2732 to get your copy of the participating dealer’s list or go to www.csea.com, login, and search the list on the Auto Referral link under the Benefits tab. Be sure to contact only the person listed at each dealership. They are the ones who negotiated preferred rates for our members!

Find more information on: Consumer Reports Online, Car Buying Tips, Green Car Rebates, Driver Education Grants, Union Made Vehicles Guide, Auto Care Tips, Goodyear Tire Discounts, and More!

Finally, take advantage of our affiliation with AFL-CIO and access the benefits under Union Plus. Go to www.unionplus.org and go to the Auto tab to explore these resources.


National Healthy Schools Day

April 23, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

National Healthy Schools Day is a day dedicated to promoting healthy and green school environments for children.

According the U.S. Environmental protection Agency, more than half of schools in the United States have problems linked to unhealthy indoor air quality, and some classrooms in California have problems of inadequate ventilation, high formaldehyde concentrations, moisture and mold, and toxic residues in dust according to a study by the California Air Resources Board. Poor indoor environmental quality is associated with a wide range of problems that include poor concentration and learning difficulties, respiratory illnesses like asthma, headaches, fatigue, organ damage and other serious health effects – all of which can reduce students’ and teachers’ productivity. One in six children in California has been diagnosed with asthma, accounting for approximately 1.9 millions missed school days each year and reducing schools’ budget by an estimated $40 million per year. A study by Environmental Working Group showed that cleaning supplies commonly used in many California school districts could be clouding classroom air with more than 450 distinct toxic contaminants, including chemical agents linked to asthma and cancer. Green cleaning supplies, in contrast, emitted one sixth of the contaminants. Teachers and custodians have high rates of work-related asthma and report exposures to cleaning products as a cause of their asthma.

Many schools and districts – including Fairfield-Suisun, Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and others – have already made the switch to certified less-toxic cleaning products and are seeing the benefits: saving money, decreasing asthma triggers, improving attendance, reducing worker injuries, and overall making the school environment a healthier place to learn, work, and play.

We invite you to take part in California Healthy Schools Day and join the many schools across the state that are already taking action to curb children’s exposure to dangerous chemicals. There are many resources available to help you get started. So, plan your actions for making your school a green and healthy school – every day!

 


Vote for CSEA video in Telly Awards

April 20, 2012

CSEA has a video entered in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards. Check out the video and vote now by clicking the thumbs up button for CSEA’s video ” I Graduate”.

This wonderful video has been a part of CSEW and many trainings for nearly a year. Please view and vote.

 

 Below is the link for The 33rd Annual Telly Awards:

http://www.youtube.com/tellyawards?x=-Dd5MD8HvVM


The clock is ticking…

April 20, 2012

It has been nearly a month of getting the message out, and we are still in need of signatures and signature gatherers…

From CSEA:

Help us get
the Protect Schools and Public Safety Initiative
on the ballot!

Our schools and colleges desperately need more funding to get out of this endless cycle of budget cuts. Every year, more classified employees and teachers are laid off and our students suffer the consequences.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced in January that his budget for next year is tied to his ballot measure to raise more revenue for the state budget. Soon after, two other ballot measures were announced by independent groups.

CSEA worked with the governor and others to reach a compromise with backers of one of the alternatives, and CSEA’s Board of Directors has endorsed this compromise ballot measure.
Now we have just a short window of time to collect enough petition signatures to qualify the initiative for the November ballot. Volunteering just a bit of your time right now could prevent further layoffs down the road. Contact your Field Office to volunteer today!

The Protect Schools and Public Safety Initiative would raise up to $9 billion to help fund schools and colleges by temporarily increasing the state sales tax by a quarter-percent and the income tax rate on high-income filers. The sales tax increase would last four years and the income tax increases would last seven years.

If voters approve the governor’s initiative, public education will get at least $2.5 billion in new funding, and the rest of the new revenues would help to close the expected budget gap in 2012-13.

The other revenue measure trying to qualify for the November ballot is sponsored by wealthy L.A. lawyer Molly Munger and the state PTA. While it has laudable goals, it has some key shortcomings. 

Budget experts generally agree that it could result in even more pressure to suspend the state’s Proposition 98 minimum school funding guarantee. It also does not bring in any additional education funding for the budget year, and it could result in triggering $4 billion in cuts if the governor’s initiative does not also pass.

Further complicating the budget picture, the Munger initiative doesn’t substantively provide revenue to the non-education side of the budget, so programs for the needy, disabled, seniors and low-income families will be slashed.  At the same time, it increases taxes on almost all income earners, while the governor’s initiative focuses income tax increases on the super rich.

CSEA and classified employees care about the “whole child” and the families of our students.  That is why we are strongly supporting Gov. Brown’s compromise initiative, which will fund education and other important programs and solve the California budget crisis.

“We can’t afford to take the risk that voters could reject new revenues in November,” said Association President Allan Clark. “The governor’s ballot measure has the broadest support and the best chance at passing in November. It provides more money for education and begins to reduce the state’s budget deficit.”

Clark says without the new revenues generated by the governor’s education funding initiative, the state’s budget shortfalls are expected to continue over the next five years. The state’s Department of Finance has estimated a budget shortfall of $9.2 billion in 2012-13, and annual budget deficits of about $5 billion thereafter.

“If we continue to face state budget cuts every year, we are certainly going to see more classified layoffs,” Clark said. “That’s why we have to make sure we get enough signatures to get this initiative on the November ballot.”


April Chapter Meeting

April 16, 2012

Please remember that Monday, April 16th, is our next chapter meeting.
The location is set for the ESC in the conference room. Our meeting will begin at 5:15 pm.

An American Fidelity representative will be here to give information on a Short Term Disability Income and Protection Plan offered to Permanent Part-Time classified employees working 15 hours or more per week.

Site Reps can start meeting at 4:45 for Q&A, or just for advice and support.

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