Sept. 4, 2017 Labor Day

August 30, 2017

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.

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.


You’re Invited to New Employee Orientation for Classified Employees at PYLUSD

August 29, 2017

Orientation topics to be covered

• Classified Employee Contract – where you find a copy and how to read it?
• Accessing District Email, Smartfind and Payroll Documents
• Work Calendar, Holiday, Vacation, Leave Time and Time Exceptions
• Hours of employment, subbing, time exceptions, salary increases
• Calpers eligibility
• Advantages of becoming a CSEA member
• Important phone numbers to have stored in your phone
• And More!

When:
Wednesday – September 20, 2017

Location:
PDA (Professional Development Academy)
4999 Casa Loma Ave, Yorba Linda
(Corner of Casa Loma and YL Blvd)

Choose one session to attend
(not during your shift time)

Session Times
A:   9:00am  – 10:30am
B:  11:00am  – 12:30pm
C:    1:30pm  –  3:00pm
D:    6:15pm  –  7:45pm

RSVP which session you would like to attend
via text/email/phone to
Chris Lawyer at
(714) 615-0896 or email: clawyer@pylusd.org


CSEA has Discount Tickets to the LA County Fair!

August 29, 2017

CSEA has your September Fun covered with Discount Tickets to the LA County Fair!

Summer may be officially over come September, but the fun has just begun for L.A. County Fair-goers. Every year, thousands of people make the trip to the Fairplex in Pomona to eat great foods, take a plunge on a roller coaster, listen to live music, and maybe win a prize at one of the many game booths.

CSEA Members can purchase tickets for weekends and holidays for up to a 50% discount using Promo Code: CSEA. Purchase tickets here.

Adult Single Day – CSEA Price is $12 (Regular Price: $20)

Child Single Day – CSEA Price is $6 (Regular Price: $12)

When is the L.A. County Fair 2017?
The L.A. County Fair runs from September 1-24. Click here for operating hours and more fair information.

Where is the L.A. County Fair?
The L.A. County Fair takes place at the Fairplex (1101 W McKinley Ave) in Pomona.

How much does the fair cost?
The admission ticket breakdown is as follows: On weekdays, tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for children (6-12), and $10 for adults 60 and over; on weekends and holidays, the CSEA Discounted price for adults is $12 (regularly $20), and for children $6 (regularly $12). Weekend/holiday ticket price for adults over 60 ticket prices is $15. Children 5 and under are always free.

General admission parking is $15 and VIP parking is $25.

Carnival tickets are $100 for 200, $50 for 100 and $20 for 40. A carnival ride wristband is $50. Some attractions have an additional cost, including igloo ice skating and sledding ($5), Jurassic Planet ($5) and various concerts.

Don’t want to drive or pay for parking?
Board Metrolink’s Riverside line and get off at the Pomona Metrolink Station. From there, grab the Line 197 bus to the Fairplex. In honor of the L.A. County Fair, there will be late-night service from Union Station to the fair.

What’s new at the fair this year?
This year’s new additions include a Pacific Standard Time exhibition from artists Judithe Hernandez Patssi Valdez, the interactive “Magical World of Dragons, Wizards and Beasts” and “Wonderland: A Floral Fairy Tale,” which reconstructs scenes from Alive in Wonderland with flowers. New rides include the Endeavour, with suspended cockpit-like seats that whirl riders 60 feet into the air, and the new La Grande XL Wheel, an air-conditioned Ferris wheel with cabins that reach 150 feet.

What bands are playing?
This year’s performers include Juanes, Boyz II Men, Patti LaBelle & Queen Latifah, Fifth Harmony, War & Tower of Power, Chicago and more. Click here for the full lineup.  (Note: Tickets to these events are separate and are not included in our discount program.)

Call CSEA Member Benefits at (866) 487-2732 or login in with your CSEA Member Id at www.csea.com/benefits for information about all your consumer benefits as a CSEA Member. Don’t have your Member ID? Call us!

 


September Meeting 2017

August 24, 2017

MEETING  NOTICE
CSEA Chapter 293

Enjoy a slice of pizza with us!

Monday

September 11,2017

5:15 pm

Member Ratification

2017-2018
INITIAL CONTRACT REOPENER PROPOSAL

The California School Employees Association (CSEA) and its Placentia Yorba Linda Chapter #293, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, present their initial proposal to reopen the contract.

CSEA desires to alter or amend the following articles as indicated and presents our proposals for public discussion in accordance with Government Code §3547:

Article XXII: General Personnel Provisions

Article XIII: Leaves

Article XVII: Hours of Employment

Article XVIII: Wages

Article XX: Health and Welfare

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Vote on MOU

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LOCATION:
PDA, 4999 Casa Loma Ave.
Yorba Linda 92886

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2017 CalPERS Member-at-Large Election

August 8, 2017

 

Please Help Re-elect Michael Bilbrey to CalPERS Board

Former CSEA President provides strong voice for school employees

CalPERS needs strong leaders with integrity, commitment and a track record of protecting retirement and health benefits. Michael Bilbrey and David Miller, CSEA’s endorsed candidates for the CalPERS Board of Administration, have long histories of standing up for workers and retirees.

CSEA former president Bilbrey is seeking re-election to the at-large seat that he currently holds on the CalPERS Board of Administration. He is CSEA’s endorsed candidate for Position B on the ballot.

“I want to continue being a voice for all CalPERS members,” he said.

Bilbrey has held this position since 2011 when he was elected to fill a vacancy. He has been a CalPERS member for over 27 years and is employed by Citrus Community College as Bookstore Operations Coordinator, where he helps manage over a million dollars in bookstore business.

Proven leadership and experience
Of the candidates for Position B, Bilbrey has the most extensive experience and the best track record for working to protect our retirement. That’s why CSEA urges you to vote for him.

“Michael is committed to ensuring the stability of the CalPERS system for years to come,” Association President Ben Valdepeña said. “He’s a proven leader and a strong voice for all CalPERS members.”

Since taking a seat on the CalPERS board, Bilbrey has completed the Harvard Trustee Leadership Forum and currently serves in an advisory role with the Global Group Committee on Workers Capital, the California Trustee Network and the UCLA Labor Center Advisory Group. He has the experience, education and skills to lead effectively.

“I will continue to protect our defined benefit pensions because I know how hard we have worked to earn and contribute to them,” he said. “I am dependable, will listen to all CalPERS members, and will be your voice as well. My goal is to ensure the system’s stability and efficiency.”

Another goal for Bilbrey if he’s elected to another term is to provide quality and accessible CalPERS healthcare for the more than 1.2 million members and beneficiaries who receive these healthcare benefits.

It’s important to have leaders who will work to strengthen CalPERS while maintaining openness and transparency. Bilbrey is well known for being accessible and responsive, and for doing what’s best for the membership.

“I am clear on my role as a fiduciary for you, the members,” he said. “I take that responsibility very seriously.”

Defending your pension
Public employee pension systems are under attack. CalPERS needs leaders who can build coalitions and will fight to protect defined-benefit pensions for current retirees and for the future. Bilbrey will continue being a representative retirees and current public employees who depend on CalPERS can trust.

“As the CalPERS Board President, elected to my 13th term, I cannot emphasize enough the value of having such an effective and experienced advocate for public employees on the CalPERS Board,” CalPERS Board President and former CSEA President Rob Feckner said.

David Miller, CSEA’s endorsed candidate for Position A on the ballot, has a history of standing up to anti-pension interest groups and will be a good addition to the CalPERS board.

“We encourage you to vote for David Miller to keep CalPERS moving forward,” Valdepeña said. “He’s a qualified candidate who will look out for the best interest of CalPERS members.”

Miller, a biochemist for the California Department of Toxic Substance Control, has been an effective and outspoken advocate for state employees for more than 25 years. He’s been a worksite representative, bargaining chair and president of the California Association of Professional Scientists. A longtime advocate for the retirement security of public employees, Miller has defended CalPERS from the barrage of attacks by anti-worker groups. He has debated anti-pension individuals on television and has authored numerous articles published in major media outlets defending retirement security.

As a candidate with a history of leadership, strong communication and unwavering perseverance, Miller vows to be accountable to CalPERS members and not politicians or interest groups.

“My commitment to you is that I will put the interests of CalPERS members – employees and retirees – first,” he said.

Election period begins Sept. 1
Vote for Michael Bilbrey for Position B and David Miller for Position A on the CalPERS Board of Administration during the election period, Sept. 1-Oct. 2. Candidates for seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration are elected by and represent all CalPERS members, including retired and active members, from state, school, and public agency employers. Retired members of CalPERS (excluding survivors and beneficiaries) whose effective date of retirement is on or before July 1 are eligible to vote.

http://www.bilbrey4calpers.com/

Voting Period:
Sept. 1 – Oct. 2

Beginning with this election, voters will have two new ways to vote. Members can vote online or by phone, or use the traditional paper ballot that is mailed. All online, telephone, or paper ballots must be received by CalPERS no later than Oct. 2 to be counted.

 

Please Vote for David Miller for Position A

CalPERS needs strong leaders with integrity, commitment and a track record of protecting state employees’ retirement and health benefits. David Miller, CSEA’s endorsed candidate for Position A on the CalPERS ballot for Board of Administration has a long history of standing up for workers.

Miller, a biochemist for the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and member of the California Association of Professional Scientists, has been an effective and outspoken advocate for state employees for more than 20 years. He’s been a longtime advocate for the retirement security of public employees who has defended CalPERS from the barrage of attacks by anti-worker groups. As a candidate with proven leadership skills, strong communication and unwavering perseverance, Miller vows to be accountable to CalPERS members and not politicians or interest groups.

http://davidmillerforcalpers2017.com/

Voting Period:
Sept. 1 – Oct. 2

Beginning with this election, voters will have two new ways to vote. Members can vote online or by phone, or use the traditional paper ballot that is mailed. All online, telephone, or paper ballots must be received by CalPERS no later than Oct. 2 to be counted.