2012 CSEA Sock Tree

Legend of the CSEA Sock Tree

Once upon a time, there was a nice lady named Gussie Morgan.  Gussie worked in the special education office as a secretary, and she proudly served on her CSEA chapter executive board as Secretary. 

During the holiday season, Gussie and her coworkers wanted to help others in their community, so they contacted charities and community service organizations to find out what was needed.  Over and over, they were told that people donate clothing and shoes, but never socks or undergarments.  

The special education office organized a sock drive, and at some point over the next couple years Gussie had the idea to hang them on a tree. 

Gussie retired in 1988, but CSEA has not forgotten her.  To this day, the Chapter executive officers get a live tree to decorate the District office, and hang donated socks on it.  Right before Christmas break, the tree is delivered to a family in our area, and the socks are taken to a charitable organization.  Over the years, we have worked with HIS House, Victory Outreach, and our own McKinney/Vento program (for homeless students & their families).

Please send new,
unwrapped socks to the District Office,
attention: Pat in Personnel or
Cheryl in Accounting.

Beginning Dec. 4th, the tree will be in the lobby
by the Board Room (warehouse building).

THANK YOU for your generosity

to those less fortunate.


If you have any questions, please call Cheryl in Accounting at ext. 82425.

Celebrate Veterans Awareness Week

 November 11-17, 2012

 Veterans Day Observed Nov. 12, 2012

Veterans Day is a time when Americans honor those who have served in the U.S. Military—a time to express gratitude to those who have made great sacrifices to preserve our freedom.

During the week of November 11-17, Association President Allan Clark and the Board of Directors ask all CSEA members to join them in recognizing, honoring and thanking military veterans everywhere.

“Please take time to thank those who have served our country this Veterans Day,” Clark said. “We enjoy the freedoms we have because of their sacrifices.”

Classified school employees are more than acquainted with the value and importance of service, and CSEA is proud to honor those who have served and continue to serve every American.

 Are you a veteran?

Be a part of this side-show presentation. CSEA invites all members who are veterans or currently serving in the military reserves to contact us by sending your name, chapter number and member number to veterans@csea.com .

The following is courtesy of:

11/11/2011: Veterans Day 2011—Arlington Cemetery

click to view va.gov flickr slide show


June 1, 1954: President Eisenhower signs HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. But Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.


Prop. 30 Victorious and Prop 32 Fails…. We are Not out of the Woods yet … but we can see the edge of the forest.

I want to acknowledge all the hard work our members have put in the last several months to accomplish these goals.

The fact is without our members, and their families and friends,  putting their votes into action, we would be facing a different future than we are today.

As I said in my article title,  we aren’t out of the woods, yet…  there will be some challenges that we will all face as we continue to build our economy and move back to the land of full employment.

This year there will be a full contract that will be negotiated, which means your  CSEA  negotiations team and the District will have the opportunity to fix articles that don’t work, or need updating.

It will be the time where the District will be able to fix errors that were uncovered by the new administration, as well.

According to the Governor and State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson, the passing of Prop 30 means that the automatic mid year  cuts to K-12 and Community College funding will not be implemented.

It does not mean an increase to our budgets this year.

Thankfully, your negotiations team worked hard all summer to make sure that there was as much protection built into our agreement as they could get, and the Lay off article we have, which I am told unique to Our agreement, will help to keep as many of our people employed as possible.

As always, we like to have your input and when the survey comes out later in the year please fill it in with specifics so we can continue to ensure your working conditions remain as safe, secure and happy as possible.

On the Prop 32 failure…. I applaud all of our members, families and friends who understand that to silence any group , by taking their right to participate in the Political process no matter how small is a travesty.

The acknowledgement of the people at large that this was not reform but a way to silence working class individuals and take away their right to representation on the most basic level makes me feel proud to serve you.

Thank you again for your support to your community.

Results From The November Chapter Meeting Voting

Vote on MOUs
Chapter nominations

On Monday, November 5th, we had our Chapter meeting. The was at the ESC in the middle conference room. Our meeting finished with voting on the MOUs and completing the nominations.We had lots to accomplish and did so. We cleared up questions about the November Elections, and we were pleased to find volunteers for phone banking.

The first MOU will be for the Creation of 8 Full-time Special Education – click to continue reading

The Second MOU will be for the Creation of a new Classification Of Braille – click to continue reading

The Third MOU deals with temporarily creating  two part-time positions in the clerk 1 – click to continue reading

The forth MOU will be the Creation of a new Classification – click to continue reading

The membership voted to accept the MOU’s, and you may view the documents by clicking here.

Check back later for details on the Nominations
and the December Elections.