Chapter Meeting Notice 9-14-20

September 7, 2020

Return to Work negotiations update

September 1, 2020

Yesterday, CSEA and PYLUSD met to continue bargaining the 2020-2021 “Return to work/reopening of schools” impacts and effects. The parties have made significant progress in negotiating over safety for our members. The two main outstanding issues the parties continue to pass proposals on are leaves and job security.

Regarding leaves, CSEA is fighting to secure leaves for our unit members for COVID-19 workplace exposures. The language proposed by CSEA would prevent a member from having to use their own leave time should they be exposed to or contract COVID-19 at work. This is critical as workers comp protections associated with COVID-19 have expired, which would make it nearly impossible for a member to utilize PYLUSD-provided leaves for workplace illness if it is not negotiated into our agreement.  

As it pertains to job security, CSEA is proposing that PYLUSD commit to not laying off any more of our members this year. This is absolutely necessary as many school districts are arguing that distance learning has resulted in both a lack of work and lack of funds for classified positions. As we see neighboring districts layoff classified employees in large numbers, we absolutely want to secure language that would prevent our members from finding themselves in these unfortunate circumstances. Right now, PYLUSD is extremely resistant to provide our members with any job security reassurances this year (law provides layoff protections in 2020/2021 to Bus Drivers, Nutrition Services staff, and Custodians only) and this is not acceptable. PYLUSD isn’t offering any salary increases in contract negotiations and they aren’t offering hazard pay to anyone currently. We feel the least PYLUSD can do is give its essential employees assurances that they will have a job throughout the school year. We will continue to fight for job security and will not let up on this! We meet with PYLUSD again on Friday and will have another update for you then.

CSEA has been receiving many inquiries from our membership about management asking them to change their work shifts (flex). Please be advised that the decision as to whether or not you change your work shift is yours alone. While many of the PYLUSD’s operations are being impacted and staff work shift changes may be a necessity, you cannot be forced to change your work shift. The decision to change your work shift is a negotiable item and CSEA has not negotiated away your right to refuse to change your work shift. If you do decide to change your work shift upon request from management, please make sure that the number of hours you are working in your new temporary shift are the same total number of hours as your regular permanent work shift.  Be sure to fill out a “Classified Employee Flextime Request” form to document that this is a temporary change for this school year only.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

In unity,

Job Suarez

MOU Vote

August 31, 2020

To all CSEA members,As you may know, at the June 16 School Board meeting a number of our classified employees were given layoff notices. We now need to vote on the MOU regarding these layoffs.
Please read the attached MOU, then click this survey to vote:

Remember, only CSEA members may vote. Thank you for your voice!

Return to Work update

August 26, 2020

Today your CSEA team met again with the District to negotiate the “Return to Work” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
We continue to make progress at each meeting, and we hope to finish in the next few sessions. While we are not yet able to release specifics, we plan to send out the info as soon as possible.

As always, thank you for your support and patience!

Job Suarez, Chris Lawyer, Cheryl Townsend, Carlos Chiang, Sue Puch,and Anthony Solis, LRR

Negotiations Update 8-18-20

August 18, 2020

Today (August 18) your CSEA negotiations team met with the District for the third time.  The District gave us a counter proposal which addressed most of the items in the original proposal we gave to them last week.
No items have been agreed to yet.  Our team will spend the time from now until our next session with the District working on our counter proposal. 

We are scheduled to negotiate again on Monday August 24.  We will update you again after the next session.
As always, thank you for your support!

Your CSEA Negotiations Team,
Job Suarez, Chris Lawyer, Cheryl Townsend, Carlos Chiang, Sue Puchand Anthony Solis, LRR

Special Meeting 8-26-20

August 18, 2020