Passing The Torch; Our New Webmaster

Group 2007-08It’s been almost two years since our chapter first dared to venture online. After returning from the 2008 “Member Unity Program”, a few of us gathered with much hope and enthusiasm and drafted this mission statement…

“Develop and implement a chapter website as a resource for us to gather and share information about events and topics important to us; an online newsletter of our distributed printed copy; and a place to hear questions, feedback and comments from our members.”

meatlaptopI’m proud to say that since then we’ve had over 13,000 visits, 105 articles, and over 230 comments by members. We have, without a doubt, succeeded in this quest and learned more than we ever bargained for. Personally it has been my pleasure to have played such a major role in a website that will continue to benefit our chapter for years to come.

But with all people-supported organizations there comes a time for those who serve to pass the torch so others can contribute and give back to an organization, a union, that has given us all so much. That time has come. robertpicI’d like to introduce to you Robert Moreno, our new web-master, an instructional aid at various sites in our district whose endless drive to learn new things – and creativity to express them – has already started to transform

I have trained Robert on most of the every day operations of running our website. I will continue to support him and will likely follow up with some advanced training in a few months. I have not, however, managed to completely absolve myself of any union responsibilities/duties – our present negotiations team has recruited me, and I will be attending the Organizing Institute for some training later this month.

DSCN3494Again, thank you to all who’ve made this website effective by contributing articles, making comments or just visiting the site every now and then. I only wish to see more of you volunteer your own time and by doing so learn what it really means to be part of a family at work.

Aydin Laghaie, Technology Service Technician and Active Member of CSEA

Unsung Heros Event

Below are the recipients of the CSEA “Unsung Hero’s” event; Meredith Castillo and Aydin Laghaie. Included are their individual responses.

[Author: Meredith Castillo]

On March 26, 2009, I received a card in the mail from CSEA Orange Field Office saying that I was to be
honored by Chapter 293 as an Unsung Hero at the Villa in Orange, a banquet facility, on May 1, 2009.
For me this was an extremely exciting and humbling recognition, since all of the E-Board members
put so much of their voluntary time in making Chapter 293 a professional union for all of its members.
All of the Unsung Heroes that were honored make such a fantastic difference in CSEA, it is impossible
to describe on paper.  It is an emotional experience when you hear of the accomplishments that all of
us make for a better working environment.
The fact that there were some administrators at the banquet to acknowledge the accomplishments
of the Unsung Heroes made it an even greater moment.
Again, it was an honor to be acknowledged as an Unsung Hero, and to get an award and plaque was a
moment I will never forget.
Meredith Castillo
Vice President
CSEA Chapter 293


[Author: Aydin Laghaie]

First of all let me express my gratitude to those of you who nominated me for this event, being thought of as one of your local CSEA Hero’s isn’t a title I ever expected nor could have seen coming. My efforts, time, and energy into championing what I believe in is who I am – and championing a cause which supports the rights of individuals to a fair work environment, brings forth pride in the work we do, and unites us closer together – just to name a few things Unions can do, makes them naturally an easy way of life for me.
For those of you unfamiliar with the “Unsung Hero[s] of CSEA” event, it’s a dinner held in Orange to honor individuals across Orange County and the surrounding areas. After a buffet style dinner, each chapter president introduces his/her chapter “Hero(s)” with a speech, the plaque is awarded, pictures are taken, and each chapter “Hero” is given a chance to share their experience and/or gratitude in receiving their award.
The speeches are by far the most interesting and inspiring. Each unique, but alike in the sense that hearing them made it evident to me, that I was in the presence of some very special people; individuals who in their own way have devoted a part of their lives to a greater cause. To borrow from a famous quote by Gandhi, they have become the change they wanted to see in the world – and thus have made a difference.
At a time when people wait for leadership, or look to others for hero’s, I was in a room full of people who stopped waiting and looking, and instead took up their share for change. It was an experience I will never forget, and am honored to have been a part of.

Aydin Laghaie
Chapter Webmaster and E-Board Member
Job Duties: Technology Service Technician
Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District


Event Reminder

calendarClassified School Employee’s Week: Help Us Celebrate Your Achievements and  
Join Your CSEA Executive Board For Lunch 
Wed. May 20th, Between 10:00a.m. and 2:00p.m. AT the D.E.C. Boardroom 
For Questions please email Allyson.
See you there! 

Event Reminder



Celebrating Classified School Employees Week

For Area H

Saturday May 23, 2008
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
At Linbrook Bowl, 201 S. Brookhurst St.
In Anaheim (at Brookhurst and Lincoln) 
Bowling, Pizza, and Soft Drinks Paid For By CSEA

Immediate Family (Spouse & Your Children) Are Welcome

Pay For Your Shoes ****CASH ONLY****
Linbrook Bowl does not take credit or debit cards
RSVP To Your Chapter Presidents

** Chapter Presidents: RSVP to Area H Director Carolyn Everett at:

Event Reminder

calendarEmployee Free Choice Act Round Table with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Orange County Workers.
sant Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church.
13091 Galway Street
Garden Grove, CA 92844
Date: Friday, May 1st 8:30AM to 10:00AM

For more information, contact the Orange County Labor Federation at (714) 385-1535

Summary of Lobby Day Visits

The Orange Field Office Political Task Force created four teams to lobby the Orange County delegation of ten legislators in Sacramento on March 2, 2009. Those teams were as follows:

Team “A”: Carolyn Everett, AD; Janelle Cranch PACE Chair; Jim Vinion, Retiree Unit; A. Alan Aldrich, SLRR
Team “B”: Rod Lusch, RR 22; Terry Burke, RR 62; Kathy Heard, RPAC 62; Stanley Spearman, RPAC 49
Team “C”: Ronnie Mayer, LEG Com; Rick Meyer, RR 49; Allyson Holt, RPAC 22; Marianne Monfils, LRR
Team “D”: Joe Ahlert, PACE Com; John Ortiz, RR 12; John Miller, RR 94; Jim Houghton, RPAC 12; Kenny Wilson, LRR


The teams all addressed CSEA’s disappointment and lack of support for the State budget; specifically noting that all Orange County legislators with the exception of Democrat Lou Correa and Republican Van Tran voted to cut education funding in SBX3 4. CSEA also lobbied affirmatively for AB 406 [Yamada] and SB 810 [Leno].

Meeting Outcomes:

Team “A” Meetings

AD 68 Van Tran [R] met with Danny Martinez while Tran was speaking on the telly in opposition to HR 5. Martinez was receptive as usual; he welcomed our compliment to Tran for no on the Education budget cuts saying he is always opposed to education cuts. Disputed CSEA’s stated Continue reading “Summary of Lobby Day Visits”