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

Chapter selects Food Service Series for reclassification consideration

Every year the Chapter may select and bring forward a classification or series to be examined for consideration of reclassification.

The Contract allows members to request that their Classification to be studied for consideration.

All requests need to be into the Chapter prior to the 10/31 deadline .

Ideally submissions should be received by the President, or Chapter representative before the first week in October so the Negotiations team can look over the submissions and discuss their merits, and the ability for the Chapter to obtain the desired result.

Reclassification is a long process and cannot be guaranteed.

Areas that are looked at are discrepancies in job descriptions,  current duties, looking to see if duties cross into another classification, outdated technology and outmoded terms, and of course if the compensation is appropriate for the duties expected.

The Chapter Negotiations team reviewed several requests, and selected the Food Services series to be studied.

Thank You

your Chapter Negotiations team,

Allyson Holt, Chris Lawyer, Cheryl Townsend, Daisy Bennett and Job Suarez.



Chapter Nominations

At the October 10th  Chapter meeting the first round of nominations for the Chapter executive board took place.

Every two years nominations are accepted for executive board positions, during the Chapter meetings in October and November.

Each office has a two year term.

A member need only be nominated once, in either of the October/ November meetings.

All nominations must be made and seconded.

If position is unchallenged then it is automatically appointed at the December Chapter meeting.

If there are two or more running for an office a vote is held at the December Chapter meeting.

If no one is nominated then position is open.

The following are the current Nominees for office:

Chapter President:

Allyson Holt

Job Suarez

1st Vice President

Chris Lawyer

2nd VP

Daisy Bennett

Chief Job Steward:

No nominee


Cheryl Townsend


Eliana Padilla


No nominee

Site RepCoordinator:

Evelyn Earll

Nominations open again during the November 14th Chapter meeting at the District Board Room at 5:15pm

There will be an election at the December 12 th,  Chapter meeting

Attention Members… take this survey !! Regarding Grants for Credentialing Program for Classified Employees

The District and CSEA are working on a Federal grant in conjunction with OCDE that would provide grants of $4,000 per participant per year for up to five years to recruit classified employees to participate in a program designed to support the completion of a degree and teacher preparation program and then to provide instructional service as fully credentialed teachers.

Please use this link to complete this poll to give the District feedback to see the level of interest in this type of program.
Employees would not be committing to anything, it is an opinion on whether or not this type of program should be offered to employees.

This poll is time sensitive and we need the answer by October 11 to allow the District time to file the papers.
Thank You
Allyson Holt
Chapter President