Help Wanted

Having active site representatives at each worksite ensures our rights on the job and strengthens our chapter by keeping everyone informed. Site representatives funnel information from chapter members to chapter leaders and vice versa. They help resolve most issues at the site before they get out of hand. Member involvement is important to maintaining an effective site representative program. Here are some things you can do:

* Use your site representative. Effective communication about your rights and union activities is an important first step toward creating a better work environment for everyone.
* Volunteer to be a site representative or help find someone to volunteer. Pass on the name of your new site rep to our chapter officers.
* Sign up for a site rep training. Our CSEA field office offers comprehensive site representative training. Trainers provide all the information and supplies necessary to be an effective site representative.

If you would like to be a site representative, please contact Gladys Fetter, our site rep coordinator, at Topaz Elementary.

Are you being paid properly for overtime

Do you know your rights regarding overtime? For instance, your contract probably states that you shall be paid time-and-one-half for all work performed over eight hours a day or 40-hours a week, or that you may receive compensatory time (comp time) equal to time-and-one-half.

This right is established in the California Education Code and a federal law called the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In fact, the FLSA requires employers to compensate employees for all work “suffered or
permitted.” The FLSA also forbids employers from
allowing employees to “volunteer” to work; employees must be paid to work!

“Suffered or permitted” refers to work assigned to you by your supervisor (permitted). It also includes work you perform before your shift, during your breaks,
during your lunch periods, and work you perform at home (suffered). Work “suffered or permitted” over eight hours a day or 40 hours a week must be paid at the overtime rate. You also receive overtime pay for Saturday work even if you are not a full time employee.

If you are a part-time employee, then you must be paid for all hours worked less than overtime. That means “comp time” cannot be provided for work “suffered or permitted” under eight hours per day or 40 hours per week.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of your rights, contact your job steward, chapter officer or CSEA labor relations representative.