Research/Negotiations Committee

Committee Members


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

May 2019

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.  However, if your area is currently vacant, please contact your Committee Chairperson, Troy Johnson. 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: Darleen Swanson
Area I:  Calvin Ridgle
Area K: Kevin Jacobs
Community College Representative: Michelle Crocfer
CSEA Staff Coordinator: Janet Sterling, Field Director, River Delta Field Office

The R/N Committee will have a booth at conference which will be located in the provider area. The booth will be open on Sunday, July 28, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and, Monday, July 29, 2019, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please stop by to see what resources are available to your Chapter.

The R/N Committee will be presenting at Ed Days on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Come and hear the latest from the Research and Negotiations Committee to empower your chapter and improve your techniques. Find out about resources that are available to strengthen your chapter’s power at the negotiation table.

The R/N Committee has prepared sample Negotiations Updates that chapters can use after they complete a bargaining session with their District. Also, there will be a 610 matrix with correlating sample documents and resources.

Policy 610 has been updated, please log in before clicking the link. Please refer to 610.7.03 which states: Negotiating Committee shall provide the chapter membership an update following each negotiation session with the employer.  Please refer to 610.7.04(a) which states: No Chapter may enter into a clause binding the Association to pay any part of the expenses of arbitration or other hearing before any outside hearing officer unless such clause also provides that the Association must have approved the request for arbitration or hearing. Please refer to 610.7.04(b) which states: No Chapter may enter into a Management Rights Clause waiving an Essential Bargaining Right of the Association without the Association’s prior approval. The initial determination for the Association shall be made by the Field Director, but it shall be appealable to the Director of Field Operations and Board using the procedures set forth in Policy 615, “Essential Bargaining Right” means a CSEA right under EERA to negotiate over a management decision, including contracting-out of unit positions. Please contact your Labor Relations Representative if you have any questions.

AB 1808 was signed into law on June 27, 2018 and subsequently modified by AB 1840, effective September 17, 2018, and provides $50,000,000 fund for the Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program and $50,000,000 fund for Classified Employee Professional Development Block Grant.

The Summer Assistance Benefits for Classified Employees appropriates a one-time amount of $50,000,000 to the State School Fund for allocation by the State Department of Education into the Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program. This bill could provide classified employees in K-12 school districts or county offices of education who work less than 12 months per year with additional funds during the summer recess period in 2020. Please ask your Labor Relations Representative for detailed information on the law. View the Legislation Strategy and Implementation Bill Analysis, AB 1808 (Education Omnibus Trailer Bill).

Professional Development Funds for Classified Employees allocates K-12 school districts and county offices of education, and community colleges to establish the Classified School Employee Professional Development Block Grant Program in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. K-12 Local Educational Agency (LEA) may expend these funds for any professional development training purpose described in Education Code section 45391, but with the first priority being for professional development for the implementation of school safety plans in Education Code section 33280 et seq. For community college districts, the Chancellor’s Office is charged with providing guidance to the districts regarding expenditure of the funds for professional development, but the bill does not contain any specific requirements regarding the training. AB 1808 does not establish any deadline by which a LEA must spend the grant it receives pursuant to this bill. The grant money received pursuant to this bill can be spent over more than one budget year. Please ask your Labor Relations Representative for detailed information on the law. View the Legislation Strategy and Implementation Bill Analysis, AB 1808 (Education Omnibus Trailer Bill).

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 or field 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. 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.

If your chapter has not been trained on how to conduct New Employee Orientations (NEOs), please contact your Labor Relations Representative for training that can be done at your local chapter. Each chapter needs to take advantage of being able to speak with the new employees as they begin their career with the District.

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.

Bargaining committee members should be aware of the minimum wage law which requires the following minimum wage and timeline: 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.  

We have updated our resources on the R/N Committee webpage for your use and reference.



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