Orange County DOE Chapter 468


CSEA Agreement 2017-18 Contract Year

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Executive Board

 
CHAPTER PRESIDENT
ALAN KAUN

CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT
JULIE GUNDLING

CHAPTER SECRETARY
LINDA PETERSON

CHAPTER TREASURER
VIVIAN PHAM

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
SONJA MORRISSEY

CHAPTER WEBMASTER (appointed)
SONJA MORRISSEY

Union Contacts


AREA H

AREA DIRECTOR
BILL HAGAR

REGION 49

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
RONDA WALEN

FIELD OFFICE
ORANGE
326 W KATELLA AVE #E
ORANGE  92867
(800) 564-9979

FIELD DIRECTOR
TIARA COX

LABOR RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE
ISABELLE FRANZ

Employer(s) / District(s)


ORANGE COUNTY DEPT OF EDUCATION

MLB Discounted Tickets for CSEA Members

 

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To purchase, go to https://unionplus.abenity.com/ register and use CSEA when asked for an organization number. Once registered, click red 'perks' button in top right corner, select discounts, categories tab, concerts and events, then scroll down. Click on the event you would like to purchase and follow redemption instructions. Call Sonja Morrissey at 714-966-4475 if you have any issues.


Is Your Pet Covered?

As many of our CSEA members can attest, family pets are valued members of many households. Some folks even consider their pets similar to their children, as their unconditional love and loyalty is irreplaceable.

As a pet owner, are you prepared to pay hefty veterinary bills if your pet has an accident, illness or condition that requires veterinary care and prescriptions? Are you aware that minor to serious veterinary procedures can run anywhere from $50 - $20,000? For example, in the event that your pet has lumps or growths that need removal, the average cost for treatment could be up to $15,000. In fact, many pet owners must choose to put their animal down due to lack of financial resources.

Fortunately, pet insurance can give you peace of mind knowing that your animals can receive the best of care, without draining your bank account.

All CSEA members qualify for a 10% discount on pet health insurance through Pets Best. This insurance will reimburse you on qualifying veterinary bills based on the plan that you select. There are no networks involved, so all licensed veterinarians, emergency veterinarians and specialists are covered.

To receive a free quote on monthly costs and coverage terms go to unionplus.org, select benefits, insurance and pet health insurance. You can also call 877-358-3944 for more information. Let them know you are eligible for the discount as a member of CSEA and have your member ID # on hand. Feel free to call any of your chapter executive board members if you do not know what your number is.


Support school-friendly candidates on June 5

 

The June 5 Primary Election is only a couple of months away, and CSEA is urging all members to support candidates who champion public education, understand the importance of classified employees and have an established record of standing with our union. Endorsements for the Legislature races will be announced soon. Visit csea.com for updates.

Chapter 468 is re-posting this flyer so that our members understand that these candidates support CSEA. However, we respect our members' right to vote for the candidate of their choice.


Governor proposes increased funding for schools

The latest proposal for the final budget of Gov. Jerry Brown’s tenure show increased investments in education and other programs while at the same time leaving behind a healthy state budget surplus.

Brown released his initial budget proposal in January. CSEA supports the overall framework and many of the components of the governor’s budget proposal, and is working with the state Legislature to refine the budget so it continues to increase vital funding to our schools and colleges.

CSEA commends the governor for proposing record levels of funding for the K-12 and community college budgets under the Proposition 98 funding guarantee. Still, California’s per-student spending of $9,417 is $3,109 below the national average of $12,526, raking it in the bottom tenth of all states. We still have a long way to go to adequately meet needs of our students, and place California’s investment in students closer to the top where it should be.

The state is fully funding Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) two years ahead of schedule and, depending on revenue estimates released in May, the state may close imbalances among districts and lack of funding in core education programs and services for students. In addition, state is allocating more money to special education programs for teachers, but CSEA is urging the Legislature to include paraprofessionals for eligibility considering the level of the work of paraprofessionals and its importance to special education. Read more...


SchoolsFirst College Education Savings Plans

A college education can be one of the most important investments you ever make. But the benefits of your child's increased earning power and expanded horizons come at a price - college is expensive.

Many families finance a college education with a combination of resources, but your savings are the cornerstone of any successful college funding plan.

The two most popular plans available through SchoolsFirst are the 529 Plan and Coverdell Education Savings Plan. Both offer federal tax advantages when used to pay for college.

For information on these plans, go to https://extracredit.schoolsfirstfcu.org/smart-ways-save-college/ or call SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union at (714) 258-4000 and ask to speak to a financial advisor.

At our last chapter meeting a SchoolsFirst financial advisor spoke in detail regarding these options. If you missed our March chapter meeting and would like to view the presentation, go to our Chapter 468 Facebook page and scroll down to the video.

Note: you must have a Facebook account to access the video.


Don't Miss Out on the CSEA Dependent Scholarships

Paying for college is expensive, but CSEA can help ease the pain with a $1,000 scholarship. Each year CSEA awards dozens of scholarships to CSEA member dependents (including spouses). Since the early 1960's, CSEA's Scholarship Program has awarded more than a million dollars to union members and their dependents that want to begin or continue their secondary education.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, character, leadership and extra curricular activities within the community. Financial need may also be taken into consideration on some. There are graduating high school senior, community college and college or vocational school scholarships.

CSEA offers a total of 53 scholarships in three different categories:

• First Year Scholarships (43 awarded)

• Community College Scholarship (5 awarded)

• College/Vocational Scholarship (5 awarded)

Download Application

Applications are due March 1st.


CHECK OUT THE TAX PERKS AVAILABLE TO CSEA CLASSIFIED MEMBERS

Put the experience of H&R Block to work for you and receive discounts on tax preparation products and services. H&R Block is a full service tax preparation provider that offers face-to-face, online and software solutions. With over 10,000 office locations and over 60 years of tax preparation experience, let the professionals at H&R Block take care of your tax needs this season!

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Remember to bring your coupon along with your W-2 to your appointment. Coupon contains complete terms and conditions.

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-35% discount off online tax preparation fees
-20% off tax preparation software

How to redeem: To print your coupon for your in-office service or to get started with your online or software tax prep options, go to https://www.hrblock.com/hrb-offers/abenity

Important Details
Starting in January 2018. To receive this discount offer you must place your order online following the redeem online button on this offer page.

Valid Until: Apr 10, 2018

NOTE: New users may be asked to create an account with Abenity to receive this offer. If so, please use company code CSEA when asked. If you have any problems, feel free to call Sonja Morrissey at (714) 966-4475 for assistance.


New Year's Resolutions and the Benefits of Volunteering

In just a few days Americans and other folks from around the world will resolve to make an important change in their lives for the better. Whether their goal is to lose a few pounds, go back to school, improve their spending habits or develop a purpose in life; starting January 1, many will form their annual resolution.

Unfortunately, the success rates of New Year’s resolutions for most people are not good. Statistics show that only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are actually successful.

To improve your chances for success, follow these tips:

1.    Set small achievable goals

2.    Focus changing one behavior at a time

3.    Talk to family and friends about supporting you with your resolution or join a support  group

4.    Forgive yourself for set-backs and move forward

If your resolution involves reducing stress, finding friends or learning new skills, you may want to consider volunteering with your local or state CSEA organization.

There are many benefits to getting involved. For one, you can meet new fun and interesting people. You can also learn new skills that interest you. Finally, you can improve your mental well-being by focusing your time on helping others.

There are many different volunteer opportunities to consider, all of which offer support and training along the way. If you are interested in volunteering, email your chapter president for a list of opportunities available. Talk to your chapter executive board members about their experience volunteering and ask how it has affected their life in a positive way.

CSEA wishes you all the best with your New Year’s resolutions!


MEMBER BENEFITS GUIDE

Purchase Holiday Gifts and Tickets to Winter Amusements and Attractions and Save Today! CSEA offers Members many gift-giving and stocking stuffer options at a discount! View our current offers and purchase tickets by calling the Member Benefits Service Center at (866) 487-2732 or shop online. Select attractions may be purchased online as print-and-go tickets.


Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund Programs

CSEA takes care of its members on the job, but it also lends a helping hand in times of crisis. The Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund provides financial relief to members in need. The Assistance Fund, which subsists solely on the generous donations of CSEA members, is disbursed through two different programs: the Emergency Assistance Program and the Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Emergency Assistance Program
If a member’s primary residence is deemed uninhabitable as the result of a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake, fire or flood, that member can apply for up to $1,000 in immediate emergency assistance. This program may also be used to assist eligible organizations that are providing aid in areas that have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of a catastrophic event (eg. fire, earthquake, or flood).

•   For details: Read CSEA policy 1010.4

•   For assistance: Contact CSEA Member Benefits

•   To apply: Download Emergency Assistance Application

Humanitarian Assistance Program
When a member incurs significant financial hardship due to circumstances beyond their control, that member can apply for up to $500 of financial relief through the Humanitarian Assistance Program. Applications and corroborating documentation must be submitted to CSEA Member Benefits within 30 days of the financial emergency. If approved, payments will be made directly to appropriate vendors (utility company, landlord, mortgage lender, etc.).

•  For details: Read CSEA policy 1010.3

•  For assistance: Contact CSEA Member Benefits

•  To apply: Download Humanitarian Assistance Application

Eligibility

To be eligible for any of the programs in the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund, you must be a CSEA member in good standing or a CSEA staff employee in paid status. Full details and eligibility requirements are detailed in CSEA Policy 1010.

Fund relies on donations
Support for the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund doesn’t come from union dues—it relies solely on donations from our CSEA family. If you’ve already made a donation, thank you for your generosity. If not, please consider how much your contribution will be appreciated by those members in need.

Some chapter members vote to take a certain amount out of their general fund. Others hold fundraisers like bake sales or bingo tournaments. Even passing a hat at chapter meetings can help the fund. And you can always make an individual donation.

Donate by check
Please send your donation to:
Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund
2045 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131

Donate by credit card
Call CSEA Member Benefits
866-ITS-CSEA (866-487-2732)

Donate by payroll deduction
Download the Assistance Fund Payroll Deduction Form (PDF)

We are Family
Dorothy Bjork, Association President from 1984 to 1986, adopted the theme “We are Family” and led the union’s first disaster relief effort, which helped scores of members recover from devastating floods in Northern California. Today, her legacy lives on, as CSEA members’ donations and volunteer efforts help hundreds of other members recover from natural disasters and personal crises.


CSEA scores legislative victory by stopping bad bill

CSEA and our education and labor allies won a major victory by stopping AB 1217 (Bocanegra) from moving forward. AB 1217 was a late “gut and amended” bill (meaning that a bill was stripped of the previous content and filled with a new proposal) that came out with little notice. CSEA is at the forefront of the effort to defeat this bill that pretended to be about building a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) school for low-income students in downtown Los Angeles.

In reality, AB 1217 would have created the first-ever state school and give state public funds to a private entity, with little accountability or protections for employees. This bill was opposed by both education labor and management in a united effort to stop it. CSEA, CTA, CFT, SEIU and AFSCME were joined by ACSA, CSBA, CASBO and the PTA, NAACP, and many others in opposition to AB 1217.

After a month-long battle with dueling newspaper editorials and even television ads by the sponsors, CSEA and our allies defeated the bill and sent it to the “Inactive File”. This means that the author and sponsors of the bill conceded that they could not garner enough votes to move the bill forward. You could almost hear a collective cheer in and around the Capitol when this happened. This was one of the biggest battles this session over a very controversial bill.

By moving it to the “Inactive File”, the sponsors could try to bring it back up in January for a vote. We must continue to be vigilant, and to remind and hold legislators to their opposition to stop this bill.


California Paraeducator Conference

February 20 - 22, 2018
Ontario Convention Center
Ontario, CA

More information about 21st Annual California Paraeducator Conference to be held Feb. 20-22, 2018 in Ontario will be available soon. 

Last year, CSEA celebrated its 20th year of the conference with nearly 1,300 participants attending the event.

The conference featured 46 different workshops, covering everything from autism spectrum disorders to school violence prevention. All of the workshops, including presentations and handouts are available online.

If you are a paraeducator and member of Chapter 468, call Alan Kaun at (714) 966-4483 to find out how to attend this amazing event. For more information, go to www.csea.com/web/Events/Paraeducator-Conference.


Labor Day Reflection

In honor of September, and the national holiday called “Labor Day,” we take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the day and what it stands for to all Americans. On September 4, 2017, as you spend the day with family and friends barbecuing, swimming, and enjoying the day - remember that this day is dedicated to you and all American workers from past and present that wake-up each day, sacrifice their family time and work towards a common goal that impacts the future of the United States and everything that we hold dear in our lives today.

Labor Day: What It Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, 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 (United States Department of Labor website).

American history lays out a pretty dismal picture of the horrible working conditions of Americans in the 19th century and earlier. Many Americans were forced to work seventy hours or more per week. Child labor laws did not exist, so even young children were forced to endure inhumane conditions. Thanks to the courage and dedication of the labor movement in America, starting back in the 1800s, working conditions have slowly improved and earned us the rights that we enjoy today in the 21st century.

For classified staff working for the Orange County Department of Education, Labor Day also represents the outstanding and influential work each classified employee contributes to our schools and the students that flow through them. Students and their families lives are touched each day, either directly or indirectly, by the energy and enthusiasm that our classified employees invest in their jobs.

This effort does not go unnoticed. The hard work makes a difference and has an effect on the success of America as a whole.

Kudos to all classified employees!


CSEA CHAPTERS MAKE AN IMPACT AT THE 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS!

 

The 2017 CSEA Annual Conference took place starting Monday, July 31 through August 4. This annual event was held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were over 1600 member/delegates gathered together to do the business of the California School Employees Association.

We had an extremely full agenda during the week, including 18 resolutions, which were voted on. In addition, the budget was adopted after extensive contemplation and debate.

We also recognized exceptional members with awards such as the Humanitarian of the Year and Activist of the Year, followed by placements on the Honor Roll and Life Membership. By Thursday afternoon, we had finalized the business portion and transitioned into the conference’s Education Days in which a variety of classes were offered to members. Classes involved topics such as leadership development, stress management and mindfulness – to name a few! Two keynote speakers delivered outstanding messages of encouragement and accolades to all volunteers of CSEA, with some additional helpful tips on managing stress and emotions related to doing the business of our great union.

Thursday evening, the delegates dressed up in their finest to attend a dinner and dance hosted by CSEA. The theme was Vintage Las Vegas and the focus was on a time period in the 1960's, with impersonators and a musical tribute to the Rat Pack. It was an opportunity to unwind, network, and have a little fun after working 12 hour days for three days.

Our final day of conference was spent electing officials (some re-elected) to the state’s executive board. We finished with the good of the order and said goodbye to friends we had made during the week.

Annual conference is hard work for delegates that volunteer to attend, but it is absolutely necessary to the success of the association as a whole. We are a member-run organization and the annual conference delegates ultimately decide the future of CSEA.

If you would like to participate in future conferences, begin by getting involved in your chapter. Attend monthly meetings; volunteer for committees and help us fight for equality and fair treatment for all classified staff. One person cannot do it all, but together we are stronger!

Click here to see more pictures from the conference

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