ISSUE NO. 2 | FEBRUARY 2018
UNION UPDATER The Official Newsletter of CSEA CHAPTER 265
WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE What does the Fochs Say? Greivance Versus Gripe
WHAT DOES THE FOCHS SAY?
Magnificent Member of the Month
Hello! I want to thank all who came out to our January Chapter Meeting, and I am getting great feedback on the CSEA Benefits Presentation that was done by Rosa Rijo from Twin Rivers School District. We are looking to do more of these at each of our meetings this year, so we can become better informed as a chapter and you can realize the true benefits of being a CSEA member. I am already hearing about members saving hundreds on plane tickets because they used their CSEA benefits. We will also be discussing different pieces of our contract at each meeting, in the hope that we can all gain a better understanding of what it is in our Contract and how it works. I will be doing more Site visits in the coming weeks, and I truly look forward to meeting you face to face. I want to hear your concerns, so we can work with the District on finding a resolution. I hope you are well, and keep up the great work!
Thank you for all you do!
Eli Fochs Eli aka. “The Fochs”
GRIEVANCE, GRIPES, AND COMPLAINTS. OH MY! MERCEDES GERALDO
employee must forward the complaint to their supervisor. Board Policy encourages employees to forward complaints, however the policy is not specific. If you have a complaint, speak to your supervisor. If you do not receive a satisfactory response, put your complaint in writing and forward it up
As a classified employee you have certain rights but are you aware of what those rights are? Many employees mistakenly confuse a gripe of a complaint with a grievance. This brief article will attempt to explain the difference. Grievance A grievance is a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between CSEA and the District. The CBA is what is commonly referred to as “your contract.” A grievance is defined under the grievance article but generally is a denial of a specific section of the contract. For example, you would file a grievance if your supervisor refused to pay time and a half for overtime worked. Complaint A complaint is not a violation of the contract. Although an employee may believe that they are being treated
the chain of command. Gripe What is a gripe? Many employees call their job steward regarding what they believe are legitimate grievances when in fact they just have a gripe. A gripe is not a contractual violation and may not be a complaint. A gripe may be something that you believe is
REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS KRIS SCHUSTER
unfair or unjust but is not unlawful. For example, if your supervisor or co-worker “treats you differently” but that treatment does not rise to the level of discrimination. The best way to describe this is when two employees just don’t get along. There is nothing legal or contractual that mandates that employees like each other or become friends. Should you have any questions or concerns about conditions of employment please contact a CSEA Chapter Officer or Job Steward as
The Have a Heart for Kids 5K will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018. Start and Finish will be on the River Valley High School track with an 8:45 warm-up and announcements and a 9:00 am start. Breakfast will be served at 9:30 and awards at 10:00 am. This event is a fundraiser for the Yuba City Education Foundation. They would love to have 8 to 10 volunteers from 9 - 11:30 to assist with their breakfast and clean up. Duties may include serving, replenishing supplies, and light cleaning after
soon as possible.
unfairly, if there is no contractual
breakfast is served.
violation, there is no grievance.
If you are interested in
A good example would be when
Volunteering for this great event
two classified employees do not get along or have an argument. There is no contractual violation so a grievance cannot be filed. In these cases the
please contact, Kris Schuster by email
email@example.com. She will be leading our team for this event.
CALPERS ELECTS FIRST FEMALE BOARD PRESIDENT LAUREN COATS The CalPERS Board of Administration elected Priya Mathur as board president. Mathur is the first female elected president of the CalPERS board. This will be her first term. "It's a great honor for me to serve as president of the CalPERS board," Mathur said. "I'm proud of what we've accomplished over the 15 years I've been on the board, but there is still so much to do. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to ensure our members have
MAGNIFICENT MEMBER OF THE MONTH LAUREN COATS
sustainable pensions and access to quality and affordable health care." Mathur is a principal financial analyst for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District. She represents public employees on the CalPERS Board, which she joined in 2002. She currently serves on four committees: Governance, Investment, Pension & Health Benefits, and Risk & Audit. She chairs the Pension & Health Benefits Committee and is vice chair of the
that our custodians and health do. Custodians are the unsung heroes of our school system. Whether helping students find a lost jacket, assisting with lost locker combinations, or any of the multitude of unglamourous jobs that keep our schools running. Yet they are so much more than that. Like many of our staff they have very
active home lives. Dave Barboza is no exception.
Dave is the Head Custodian at Albert Powell High
oversees the board's
School. He has lived in the area most of his life. He and
business, and sets
his wife, Rachelle, have been married for over 26 years.
meeting schedules and
They have 3 sons ranging from 28 to 13as well as four
agendas with input
grand-daughters. He also has two boxers, named Chico and
from other board
Khloe, and a mini dachshund, named Buster. In his free
time he likes to watch movies, go fishing, play basketball
with his 13 year old son. His son plays basketball for rec
staff. The president
league and Anna Mckenney Intermediate. He enjoys cook
outs with friends and family. If he could start his own
appointments to board
dream business it would be a mobile coffee shop or auto
sales. But most of all he enjoys making others laugh.
represents CalPERS to outside parties.
This month we are celebrating all the amazing things
Priya Mathur President CalPERS Board of Administration
Do you know some one who you think would be a great member of the month? Send me an email. LCOATS@YCUSD.ORG
THE BENEFITS OF CSEA:
FINANCIAL HELP IN TIMES OF NEED
CSEA has established several ways to help those who suffered a financial loss due to a natural disaster or other misfortune.
CSEA’s Disaster Assistant Program provides up to $2,500 to individual members for large-scale disasters. The Humanitarian Fund provides financial assistance to members who suffer hardship due to circumstances beyond their
EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT ELI FOCHS 1ST VICE PRESIDENT MERCEDES GERALDO 2ND VICE PRESIDENT KEITH MARTINEZ
control. These programs are part of the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund, which is funded by voluntary member donations.
If you or a fellow CSEA member could benefit from financial assistance to get through a hardship caused by a natural disaster or other mishap, contact the chapter’s leadership or visit www.csea.com/assistance for more information or to apply for assistance.
Support for the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund doesn’t come from union dues—it relies solely on donations from our CSEA family. If you would like to make a donation, call
SECRETARY SHERI HOWARD TREASURER PAMELA HALL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER LAUREN COATS CHIEF STEWARD MICHELLE SAKURADA SITE REP COORDINATOR VIRGINIA KOZIOL SERGEANT AT ARMS RODOLFO LEON
CSEA Member Benefits at 866-ITS-CSEA (866-487-2732).