If You Could Not Make Tuesday’s Seminar…

csea293_logo_drkTuesday’s event was a huge success, even though it was just Chris and Evelyn running the show.

The evening was full of employees learning about their contract, and that they are the enforcer of the language that had been negotiated, on their behalf.

 Lots of comments, “Really, I get a bonus vacation day if I don’t use 40 percent of my allotted sick time this year. ” (see section 21.1).

 It is great to hear that so many classified employees are willing to spend their evening with their fellow brothers and sisters.293_teamwork

Eager to learn about their rights as a classified school employee.

 If you missed the opportunity to attend, we will be having another class on the Spring.


Save The Date: Veterans Day 2014


CSEA invites you to join Veterans and Labor for a FREE Veterans Day community celebration to say:


10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

OC Fair & Convention Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

  • Live music and entertainment
  •  FREE hot dogs
  • Veterans resource fair
  • Job access for veterans
  • Motorcycle ride
  • Historic military vehicles
  • Make a holiday card for a vet
  • Send a care package
  •  Activities for kids


Special Presentation: Community unveiling of U.S. Postal Service Korean War stamp.

Food drive for veterans: Bring non-perishable goods to be donated to veterans in need.

Learn more  about how you can partner with Labor to give back to Veterans at: www.veteransandlabor.com

CSEA Veterans Day resources available at: www.csea.com/veteransday



Reminder: Know Your Rights Seminar – October 28, 2014

CSEA_LOGOsmAttention All PYLUSD Classified Employees CSEA_LOGOsm


(Part time and Full time workers)

Join us for a free CSEA

“Know Your Rights Seminar”

All department welcome including Child Care, Food Services, Special Ed Aides, Clerical, Custodial, Security, Transportation

What to know more about… KYR_training

Promotions, Evaluations, Personnel File, Vacation Scheduling, Leaves, Hours of Employment, Layoffs, Grievances and most importantly…

“Unit member rights”.


Join us for a fun filled seminar while you learn what classified employee rights you have!


WHEN: Oct. 28 Tuesday Evening

WHERE: PDA (Educational Service Center) 4999 Casa Loma Ave

TIME: 6:00pm to 8:30pm (dinner included if you RSVP – only 40 seats available)

This seminar will book up. RSVP early!


Please RSVP by Oct. 24 to Chris Lawyer

at cell/text (714) 615-0896 or


Denim Day 2014

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Denim Day event this year!  We raised $2,456 for this great charity!!

Attached are pictures from Sierra Vista and Travis.  Great job everyone!!

-Cheryl Townsend (Fiscal Services)





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If you have more pictures to share…please send them.

-Robert Moreno (webmaster)


CSEA Member Benefits Topic: Union Plus Mortgage Program

 Buying or Refinancing a Home? CSEA293_Union_Plus

Think CSEA!




CSEA members, their children and parents, are eligible for mortgage benefits through the Union Plus Mortgage Program.
New! Additional grant available for Veterans.

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 forgiven and there is an affordable repayment program.
  • $500Welcome to Your First Home Award” for First Time Homebuyers.
  • New! $1,000 Mortgage Veterans Grant

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 for a referral to your locally assigned Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant, or go to www.csea.com/mortgage for more information.

*For complete Terms and Conditions go to www.unionplus.org/mortgage.


2014 November Election


For the first time in many years, an uptick in the state economy and sound planning by our elected officials have resulted in fully funded public education and an ability to look toward the future. This Nov. 4, CSEA is supporting a number of candidates who are longtime friends to classified school employees and have the ability to keep things moving in the right direction.

“We’ve accomplished so much in the past few years,” Association President Michael Bilbrey said. “Join me in voting for candidates that help us keep up that progress.”

Governor Jerry Brown

It all starts at the top. Under Gov. Jerry Brown’s leadership, California has gotten back on track. We stood together during the Proposition 30 campaign to make public education a priority again. At this year’s Annual Conference, Brown said that classified employees are a key piece to success in public schools.

“I see your role as a key ingredient,” he said. “You’re the ones who take kids to school, who provide hot meals, and when kids get suspended, you’re the ones who help them get back on track.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

The most important race for CSEA is the election for Superintendent of Public Instruction. CSEA members have been working since early this year to re-elect Tom Torlakson, a longtime friend to classified school employees. Torlakson’s opponent is a former investment banker seeking to run schools like a business.

Torlakson understands the vital role classified employees play in education.

“As a former teacher, I know that school employees are the heart and soul of a school. They’re critical members of the team that has to work together to keep students safe and provide the kind of supportive school environment students need to succeed,” Torlakson said. “It means the world to me to have the support of CSEA and its members in my campaign.”

Betty Yee for State Controller

CSEA has also endorsed Betty Yee for State Controller. This race is important to CSEA members because the Controller automatically gets a seat on the CalPERS Board, which oversees CSEA classified employees’ pensions and votes on health care plans and rates for our members.

Yee has been vocal in her fight to protect pensions for all workers, especially public employees. Currently serving on the State Board of Equalization, Yee has more than 30 years of experience in dealing with tax policy, bond oversight, and financial audits of state programs and is the right choice for State Controller.

Other state endorsements

CSEA is supporting candidates in every state constitutional office election. CSEA recommends supporting the follow candidates: Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor; John Chiang, Treasurer; Kamala Harris, Attorney General; Alex Padilla, Secretary of State; and Dave Jones, Insurance Commissioner. View all the candidates and ballot measures CSEA supports in your area with the CSEA Voter Guide.

Every vote counts, so send your ballot early!

More than half of all ballots cast in 2012 were mail ballots—evidence that the convenience of voting from home and mailing ballots is now the norm. However, getting the ballot out of your mailbox is only part of the battle. Don’t forget to mail it back!

It’s easy to get caught up in everyday life and all of the sudden, it’s the day after the election and you never even opened your ballot. Don’t let that happen by completing your ballot when you receive it. You can also return vote-by-mail ballots at any polling precinct or at your county Registrar of Voters before polls close on Election Day. Remember that if you lose your mail ballot, you can request a provisional ballot at any polling precinct as well.

Follow this link for more voting rights information.