Research/Negotiations Committee

Committee Members


Area B

Area C

Area D

Area F

Area I

Area K


Purpose Statement

Knowing what to look for in a school district budget and how to find it can be invaluable during contract negotiations. The Research/Negotiations Committee provides resources to chapters as they bargain for the best wages, hours and working conditions possible. The committee studies trends in contract negotiations, analyzes settlements and provides a network for chapter negotiators to share information to win the best contract for their members.

Bargaining Blast

Your Research/Negotiations Committee encourages you to visit the R/N Committee webpage.  There are a lot of resources available to you on our webpage and we provide updates throughout the year.

Every CSEA Area has an R/N Committee member appointed by the Association President.   Your Area Committee member is available as a resource when you prepare to sit down at the bargaining table with your school district.  Each committee member's contact information can be found on our committee webpage.  Your R/N Committee members are:

Troy Johnson, Chairperson
Area A:  Mary Ann Riggins         
Area B:  Thomas Hagle                                  
Area C:  Neva Rowden                                   
Area D:  Monique Yang                                  
Area E:  Jennifer Herring                              
Area F:  Adam McQueen
Area G:  Gilbert Bonilla, Jr.
Area H:  Vacant
Area I:   Black Bear
Area K:  Kevin Jacobs
Community College Representative:  Vacant
CSEA Staff Coordinator:  Janet Sterling, Field Director, River Delta Field Office

The R/N Committee has completed creating a mock video that can be used to assist and train your negotiation team regarding the do's and do not's at the bargaining table.  This video is available and can be used at Bargaining Academies, Bargaining 101s, Chapter Meetings or RPMs.  Please contact your Labor Relations Representative as they will provide the requested training for your Chapter.  

If your chapter bargaining committee needs training, contact your Labor Relations Representative orfield office to determine when a training is being held in your region.  You may also consult your local field office website to find out when Bargaining Academy or Bargaining 101 trainings will be held.

AB 119 was signed into law on June 27, 2017.  This bill mandates that employers provide the exclusive representative with access to new employee orientations.  This bill also provides that the structure, time, and manner for these new employee orientations are to be negotiated between the exclusive representative and the employer.  Negotiating these specific access issues in each and every district is vital to CSEA's interests in introducing new employees to CSEA and informing them about their employment rights, their collective bargaining agreement, and the benefits of membership in CSEA.  If your chapter has not already negotiated an MOU, please contact your Labor Relations Representative.  We must seize the opportunity provided by the Legislature to ensure that we create the most effective, efficient, and meaningful communication with new employees.  For more information, view the new law AB 119.  Additionally, we have provided an updated flyer "Welcome to Your Union" and "CSEA FAQs on the new law on New Employee Orientation."  CSEA has produced a video entitled "New Employee Orientation" for members' use when conducting orientations for new employees as well as a YouTube presentation from Association President Valdepena.  Feel free to contact your Labor Relations Representative for assistance. 

AB 670 was signed into law on January 1, 2018. This bill eliminates the exclusion of noon duty aides from the classified service in Non-Merit Districts.  This change means that noon duty aides are entitled to all the benefits, rights, and protections of classified employees under the Education Code.  The passage of this bill was the result of the strenuous efforts of the CSEA Governmental Relations Office, which has now added another important legislative protection for CSEA members and school employees.  Contact your Labor Relations Representative if your chapter is interested in adding these employees to your bargaining unit.  For more information, view the new law AB 670. Note that our Governmental Relations Department is working to get this bill updated to include Merit Districts and Community Colleges.  

Bargaining committee members should be aware of the new minimum wage law which requires the following minimum wage and timeline:  January 1, 2017 - $10.50; January 1, 2018 - $11.00; January 1, 2019 - $12.00; January 1, 2020 - $13.00; January 1, 2021 - $14.00; January 1, 2022 - $15.00.  CSEA has training available regarding the new minimum wage law that will be held at Bargaining Academies or Bargaining 101 Trainings and mini-trainings at RPMs.  Please ask your Labor Relations Representative for detailed information on the new law and to request the training.  For more information, view the new minimum wage law Senate Bill 3.

All chapters should make sure they are participating in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  For more information, review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about LCFF and LCAP.  Also, we have provided a Toolkit which outlines talking points and samples of how your negotiating team can advocate for LCAP funding for the various positions held by classified employees.

One of the goals of the R/N Committee is to ensure each CSEA Bargaining Committee member receives an electronic copy of the Bargaining Blast.  In order to accomplish this goal, please continue to update your Labor Relations Representative and local field office with your current bargaining committee members and their e-mail addresses. 
We have put all the resources on the R/N Committee webpage for your use and reference. 




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