Negotiations 2013-14 Update Thursday September 19th

The CSEA Team met with the District team on Thursday September 19th to go over the newest information and to discuss the Districts latest Proposal.

CSEA and the District have agreed to a number of articles but are still looking at other items.

Your CSEA Team will be meeting with the District’s team again on Thursday September 26th.

There will be an update on Thursday Evening regarding the outcome of this latest meeting

Thank You

Allyson Holt, Cheryl Townsend, Nancy Williams, Job Suarez and Chris Lawyer, Mara Otero LRR.




Union Plus Mortgage Program

Buying or Refinancing a Home?

Think CSEA!

CSEA members, their children and parents,
through our affiliation with the AFL-CIO, are eligible for
mortgage benefits through the Union Plus Mortgage Program!


Call (866) 802-7307 today or go to
for more information on this program.


Benefits* include:

  • $500 Gift Card upon Closing.
  • FREE Mortgage Assistance – In the event of a disability or layoff, Union Plus will pay your mortgage for up to six months or up to $15,000 with an interest free loan. The first $1,000 of the loan is then forgiven and there is an affordable repayment program.
  • $500 “Welcome to Your First Home Award” for First Time Homebuyers.

Offered exclusively to union members and their families through

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Union Plus!

Please contact the CSEA Member Benefits Service Center
at (866) 487-2732
if you have any questions or concerns about your benefits.

*Go to
for benefits terms and conditions.

Reminder: First PYL 293 Chapter Meeting For 2013-14

Please remember that Monday, September 9th, will be our first chapter meeting. The location is scheduled to be at the ESC. Our meeting will begin at 5:15 pm.

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

This is a great opportunity to find out about what your volunteers have accomplished over the summer. Meet the people who have been and are negotiating to help protect your work environment and your paycheck. Ask questions about your new site assignments that have occurred due to transfers, split shifts and layoffs. Ask questions about that CalPERS envelope, and find out how important it is to vote.

Please check back to this site for updates.

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


2013 CalPERS Election

Association President Michael Bilbrey is running for re-election to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Administration. It’s crucial to re-elect Bilbrey to a full, four-year term on the board so that he can continue advocating on behalf of classified employees and protecting retirement security.

In the election, CalPERS members will vote for two separate at-large seats on the board. In addition to supporting Bilbrey for the Position B seat, CSEA is also urging its members to vote for former California State Employees Association President J.J. Jelincic for the Position A seat on the board. Ballots were mailed to all CalPERS members starting Aug. 30. Completed ballots must be postmarked by Sept. 27 to be counted in the election. Due to the short voting period, CSEA members are encouraged to vote for Bilbrey and Jelincic and return their ballots as soon as they arrive in the mail.

Bilbrey asks all CSEA members to support his re-election to the CalPERS Board.

“I consider it a privilege to serve you as a CalPERS Board member; and I seek to continue to be the voice of the members, both active and retired, on the Board,” Bilbrey said. “CalPERS needs stability, even-handedness and well-reasoned decision-making to ensure that pension funds are invested wisely, benefits are delivered promptly and CalPERS is best positioned to meet our challenges for decades to come.”

In 2011, Bilbrey was elected to the board to complete outgoing member (and former association president) Kurato Shimada’s term. After a busy one and a half years, Bilbrey is now seeking re-election to a full, four-year term. Bilbrey is currently the second member of the CSEA Board of Directors on the CalPERS Board. CSEA Past President Rob Feckner serves as the CalPERS Board President.

Bilbrey is the Bookstore Operations Coordinator at Citrus Community College District and a member of Citrus College Chapter 101. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration, chairs the CSEA Investment Committee and Health and Welfare Taskforce, and serves on the CSEA Budget Committee.

Your Vote Matters!
Only 16 percent of voters return their ballots, so your vote can make a huge difference. You are eligible to vote if you have been a CalPERS member active as of July 1 or are a retired member (excluding survivors and beneficiaries) whose effective date of retirement was on or before July 1.

You will receive a ballot at your home address. Don’t forget to cast your ballot for Michael Bilbrey and J.J. Jelincic by Sept. 27. Make it count!

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“…dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” – U.S. Department of Labor

“who from rude nature have delved and carved
all the grandeur we behold.”
Peter J. McGuire
-general secretary of
the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
-cofounder of
the American Federation of Labor

Labor Day

Sept. 2, 2013

Labor Day is the only national holiday that officially recognizes the contributions of American working men and women. While there is still work to do, CSEA and its partners in the labor movement are proud of the numerous strides we have made for workers’ rights and safety on the job. You can thank unions for the eight-hour workday, weekends and the end of child labor, and yes, paid holidays such as Labor Day.

Workers and members of the labor movement such as you have worked tirelessly for justice and equality in the workplace, so enjoy the day off.

When is Labor Day Celebrated?
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. For 2013, Labor Day falls on Sept. 2.

Why do we celebrate Labor Day?
Labor Day is the one day that honors the contributions of working men and women to America’s social and economic life.

When was Labor Day first celebrated in the United States?
On Sept. 5, 1882, when about 20,000 working people marched in New York City to demand an eight-hour workday and other labor law reforms. In a parade up Broadway, sponsored by New York’s Central Labor Union, they carried banners reading, “Labor Creates All Wealth” and “Eight Hours for Work, Eight Hours for Rest, Eight Hours for Recreation.” About a quarter million New Yorkers turned out to watch. The fight to preserve overtime pay continues to this Labor Day more than a century later.

When did Labor Day become a national holiday?
After the first Labor Day in New York City, celebrations began to spread to other states as workers fought to win workplace rights and better working conditions and wages at a time when they had little power. In 1893, New York City workers took an unpaid day off and marched around Union Square in support of a national Labor Day. The following year, 12,000 federal troops were called into Pullman, Ill., to break up a huge strike against the Pullman railway company and two workers were shot and killed by U.S. deputy marshals. In what most historians call an election year attempt to appease workers after the federal crackdown on the Pullman strike, shortly after the strike was broken, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation making the first Monday in September Labor Day and a federal holiday. Cleveland lost the election.

Who founded Labor Day?
That’s a matter of dispute among historians. Some say Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, first suggested a day to honor workers. Others credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist who served as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

Is Labor Day just about unions?
No. The U.S. Department of Labor describes Labor Day this way: “It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.”

What international holiday is Labor Day’s closest relative?
May Day. In 1889, a workers’ congress in Paris voted to support the U.S. labor movement’s demand for an eight-hour workday. It chose May 1, 1890, as a day of demonstrations in favor of the eight-hour day. Afterward, May 1 became a holiday called Labor Day in many nations. It resembles the September holiday in the United States.

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