Past President’s Message

It’s the start of a new year and there are many changes coming our way in California, and the world.  There are changes everywhere, even at our Chapter level.

As I write this I am thinking back on to 10 years of service with CSEA and our Chapter, when then Chapter President Ray Tschudy asked me to be his Vice President, that was the start of an adventure I would not have missed for the world.

Over 10 years, I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of my fellow Classified employees that I otherwise would not have met. Forming lasting friendships through the mutual desire to help and protect classified employees not only here at home in Placentia Yorba Linda USD but across the state.

I have taken advantage of hundreds of hours of training that the state Association offered and I applied what I learned to improving employee conditions. I have served at the state level in various capacities for the past 10 years as well, as a Regional Political Action Coordinator, speaker and lobbyist, and currently as a trainer for new Chapter officers, educating them on policy and procedure.

I have worked diligently to change the attitude that management had traditionally displayed towards Classified and to change the dialog between us.

I have worked hard to not only maintain, but assert the rights that classified employees have, through negotiation, education and collaboration.

That journey has at times been slow and contentious, but somehow, we managed to make it through to the other side.

Together with the executive board, we have established a relationship between the Chapter and the District that has evolved into one where we can come to the table and look for solutions rather than try and block the “other side”.

On January 1st Job Suarez  will become the Chapter President, and I will assume my new roll on the executive board as the Past President.

I will continue to serve the Chapter as I have done for the past decade on Negotiations, Health & welfare committees, as well as other capacities.  As a jacketed Union Steward, I am still here if someone needs help.

I will continue to serve at the state level as one of the member trainers for new Chapter Presidents, educating them on Policy.

I look forward to this new adventure and I look forward to continuing to forge an attitude of mutual respect between classified and management to the benefit of our unit, our district and of course the children whom we all serve.

Thank You for your support,

Allyson Holt

Placentia Yorba Linda, Chapter 293

Past President

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Preschool Paraeducator MOU for consideration

We will be voting on this at the Jan 9 chapter meeting.



California School Employees Association (CSEA) and its
Placentia-Yorba Linda Chapter #293

and the

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD)

November 30, 2016

This Memorandum of Understanding pertains to the newly negotiated Preschool Paraeducator classification (see attached job description) within the following provisions:
1.The new classification will be effective upon adoption and ratification by the parties;
2.The calsification is a range 15, 3.95 hours per day, 9.75 months per year on calendar 976;
3.This MOU is subject to ratification by the both parties.

Range 15





The Preschool Paraeducator assists the Billingual Preschool Educator and other staff with planning and implementing a variety of activities to meet the educational needs of preschool-aged children; provides instruction and supervision to individuals and small groups in the District early childhood program; and helps with the preparation of instructional materials.


Receives immediate supervision from the assigned supervisor.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES– Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following.

click here to read…

JD Preschool Paraeducator.pdf

Signed_Preschool Paraeducator MOU.pdf

December 2016 Executive Board Voting Results

 CSEA Chapter 293

Thank you to the members who came out to vote.

A very warm thank you to those that helped facilitate the election process.

The results are:

Chapter President- Job Suarez

Webmaster – Robert Moreno

“It is generally acknowledged that almost every improvement in the condition of working people was accomplished by the efforts of organized workers through concerted action.”

— Preamble to the Constitution of the California School Employees Association


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

The tree will be in
the Board Room Lobby
beginning December 6.
THANK YOU for your generosity
to those less fortunate.



December 2016 Meeting Reminder



December 12, 2016

General Meeting: 5:15 – 6:30


Vote: 2:15 – 6:45



PRESIDENT: Allyson Holt or Job Suarez

WEBMASTER: Tristan Holt or Robert Moreno



PDA room B, 4999 Casa Loma Ave.