CSEA CH35 IN OTTER WORDS Summer Issue 2021

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Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) Chapter 35 • Region 70 • Area C

IN OTTER WORDS Summer 2021

Members Win Big at CSEA Conference

IN OTTER WORDS Summer 2021

Contents Chapter President's Message coming soon! .................................. 3 Chapter Meetings Schedule ........................................................... 3 Paraeducator Accelerated Training Hub ....................................... 4

CSEA CHAPTER 35 EXECUTIVE BOARD Juanita Martinez Chapter President chapter35.csea@gmail.com

Meet Your Elected Delegates at CSEA Conference 2021 ............ 5 Awards & Recognition .................................................................. 6 CSEA CalPERS Pre-Retirement Webinars Fall 2021 ................... 8 Two Local Members Reappointed to CSEA State Committees .... 8 CSEA Members Elect Shane Dishman as 46th Association President ......................................................................................... 9 David Miller & Jose Luis Pacheco Win CalPERS Board Seats ... 10 The CSEA Victory Club Needs You! ......................................... 10 Union Dues Explained .................................................................. 11 Union Steward Training .............................................................. 13 Want to make a difference? Become a Volunteer! ........................ 14 Have-A-Heart ................................................................................ 14 Monterey County Vaccines ........................................................... 14 CSEA’s No-Cost Teacher Pathway Program ................................ 15 Did you know? ............................................................................. 16 Let’s connect online! ................................................................... 16

Cassandra Gaboni-Ayon 1st Vice President cgaboniayon@yahoo.com Everett Sivils 2nd Vice President esivilscsea35@gmail.com Connie Espinoza Chapter Secretary cespinoz@montereycoe.org Erin Samples Chapter Treasurer erinmsamples@gmail.com Irenea Herrera Communications Officer chapter35.cco@gmail.com David Gaboni Chief Union Steward d.gaboni@yahoo.com Becki Hadley Immediate Past President becki.csea@yahoo.com

Our mission: To improve the lives of our members, students and community. On the cover: MCOE Chapter 35 members and award winners, David Kong – Member of the Year, and Irenea Herrera – Communications Awards, recognized at CSEA Conference 2021. Image credits: CSEAvideo


Chapter President’s Message coming soon! Juanita Martinez, CH35 President, will be sending out her message to members on upcoming chapter events, new MCOE-CSEA contract, classification study updates and more… In the meantime, please attend a chapter meeting. Chapter meetings provide members the opportunity to meet as a group, learn about their union, meet the leaders and fellow members, exchange ideas and make decisions, air gripes, and have input, get updated on events, socialize and more. Meetings will continue on Zoom until further notice.


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Calling all paraeducators! CSEA is launching a new online Paraeducator Accelerated Training Hub (PATH), an on-demand learning platform. PATH is specifically tailored to help you improve your skills and bring new knowledge to the classroom. Access over 40 on-demand trainings that cover topics like:

• The Essential Para Series • Student Instruction • Student Wellness • SPED topics: Autism, Social and Emotional Wellness, ADHD

• Technology Tutorials

New content will be added throughout the year! Available online from August 2021-April 2022

Register today at csea.com/PATH or call Member Benefits at (866) 487-2732 Encourage your district to use funding from Educator Effectiveness Block Grant to enroll you at the low cost of $150 for all access. Those not covered by their district for the $150 fee may be eligible for a CSEA Member Reimbursement Subsidy grant as budget funds allow.



Meet Your Elected Delegates at CSEA Conference 2021

Ruby Gonzales, MCOE Administrative Assistant – “The enthusiasm and dedication of everyone there was what really stood out to me. Everyone was dedicated not only to their job but to the union and helping their community. It was a positive experience!”

Estela Rosales, Active Member – “This conference experience was very informative. I even got to speak to Jose Luis Pacheco one-on-one via Zoom. We had similar experiences in the school cafeteria dealing with being poor. I learned many new things in my Education Day workshops. I would recommend conference newbies to join next year.”

Cassandra Gaboni-Ayon, MCOE School Secretary – “Having a virtual conference it was easier not to have to travel, but in-person is so much better. Overall, it was a great conference!”

David Kong, MCOE Business Operations Technician – “On Sunday there was a virtual happy hour on Remo, we sat at different tables, and it was nice to meet other people. I was fortunate to receive one of the Member of the Year honors. I will always remember this conference!”


On the cover:


David Kong receives CSEA Member of the Year (MOY) MOY award honors chapter members nominated by fellow union brothers and sisters for going above and beyond to enhance their school communities and CSEA. This year’s MOY program was different in that there were 10 honorees: five held over from the 2020 conference and five for 2021. Additionally, these awards were unbeknownst to all of the award winners since travel was not necessary this year. MOY recipients finally learned they won when the video for each winner was played at conference, and Dr. Deneen Guss, MCOE Superintendent, presented David with his 2020 CSEA Member of the Year award. David Kong is a Business Operations Technician at MCOE and has been a CSEA member for over 34 years.

Irenea Herrera receives Communications Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction – Best Design (Newsletter) Awarded to the most distinguished Chapter Communications Officers (CCO), CSEA’s 2021 Communications Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction recognized a CCO that demonstrated flair and creativity in their communications efforts. This year’s winner, Irenea Herrera, displayed her skills in the production of, “In Otter Words.” This seasonal newsletter helped members stay informed while sheltering in place. When inperson meetings went away, Monterey COE Chapter 35 also created a new website and introduced a digital bulletin board to help members stay connected. Irenea Herrera is an Administrative Assistant at SELPA and has been a CSEA member for over 10 years. 6

Unionist of the Year 2021 for CSEA Chapter 35 Congratulations to Irenea Herrera who works in the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)! The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council (MBCLC) held a virtual Labor Day Celebration 2021 on September 6. Irenea was surprised as she was honored for the Unionist of the Year 2021 for CSEA Chapter 35 Monterey County Office of Education! Becki Hadley, MBCLC Trustee, spoke of Irenea’s contributions to the chapter including her role as the Chapter Communications Officer and a CSEA representative of the classified Professional Growth program. CSEA headquarters sent a $500 check to the MBCLC for support of the councils’ union activities. Pictured with Irenea is Juanita Martinez, CH35 President.

Golden Bear Awards 2021 Congratulations to Becki Hadley, MCOE Active Retiree, and David Gaboni, MCOE Maintenance Custodian! Becki and David were recipients of the Golden Bear Awards 2021 for Area C Activists of the Year. This annual award is initiated by the CSEA South Bay Field Office. In addition, Becki was also recognized as a nominee for the Walter H. Blice Award for outstanding political service on July 29 at the CSEA Conference 2021. This annual award is initiated by the CSEA Governmental Relations Office. Thank you, Becki and David, for your continued service to our members! Pictured with Becki is Valarie Davis, CSEA Labor Relations Representative.

2021 Monterey County CSEY: Technical Services Category Congratulations to Ugendra Raj, MCOE Network Systems Engineer! The California Department of Education's Classified School Employees of the Year Program (CSEY) highlights contributions of classified school employees who support the education of California’s more than six million public school students from preschool through grade twelve. The program pays tribute to the tireless efforts of our states outstanding classified school employees. Raj works in Information Technology Services at MCOE and has been a CSEA member for over 13 years. 7

CSEA CalPERS Pre-Retirement Webinars Fall 2021 It is never too early to learn how CalPERS pays you later for a lifetime. Learn all about: • The state of CalPERS (Your pension remains strong) • What benefits are available to you now and in the future • What information CalPERS uses to calculate your retirement • Options for retirement • The importance of the CalPERS Power of Attorney form • How to obtain an estimate of your benefits • The benefits of staying a member of CSEA when you retire by joining the CSEA Retiree Unit • Get your questions answered during the webinar October 2 – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/3tzadqq

November 3 – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/3E22kia

October 12 – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/3yYsSx6

November 9 – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/3tx1kxP

October 20 – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/2Xlk4o6

Two Local Members Reappointed to CSEA State Committees Congratulations to David Gaboni, MCOE General Services, who has been reappointed to the CSEA County Office of Education (COE) Committee as Chair! Congratulations to David Kong, MCOE Finance and Business Services, who has been reappointed to the CSEA Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) Committee as Area C Representative! It is exciting that CSEA Chapter 35 has two members who will continue to represent their union at the State level! In addition, both Gaboni and Kong also serve on their local school boards as Presidents for South Monterey County Joint Union High School District and Greenfield Union School district respectively. Thank you both for your service to our local communities!


David Gaboni, CSEA member since 1994

David Kong, CSEA member since 1987

CSEA Members Elect Shane Dishman as 46th Association President San Jose, CA – The California School Employees Association has elected Matthew “Shane” Dishman to serve as its 46th president for the next two years. He was sworn in on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The largest classified school employees union in the United States, representing a quarter million school support staff throughout California, CSEA is a union democratically governed by its member volunteers in nearly 800 local chapters throughout the state. CSEA members perform a wide range of essential work in our public schools and community colleges, including security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services and more. “It is humbling to be selected by my sisters and brothers to lead our union,” said Dishman. “I follow in the footsteps of legendary CSEA leaders and will strive to not only live up to their legacies, but to fulfill the trust my colleagues have placed in me to defend their rights and ensure they have the resources they need to best serve their students.” Association President Dishman has been a police officer with the Kern High School District since 1998 and will leave his post to attend to his new full-time duties at CSEA’s headquarters in San Jose. He has served as president of his local chapter as well as jacketed chief job steward, site representative and chief negotiator. He is a drug recognition expert and trainer, school safety instructor and volunteer in his community. Dishman succeeds Ben Valdepeña, who has served since 2016 and will now serve two years on the CSEA Board of Directors as immediate past president. During his term as Association President, Valdepeña has overseen the association through the challenges of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, privatization of public education attempts, the COVID-19 pandemic, and he leaves it in the strongest financial standing of its history. “Since our founding in 1927, CSEA has grown to be the largest classified school employee union in the nation and has earned rights for its members like retirement benefits, overtime, weekends, layoff notice and health benefits,” said Valdepeña. “We have weathered challenges throughout our history and the past year has been one of our greatest. Nevertheless, we have not only survived but thrived and I know CSEA will continue to thrive with Association President Dishman at the helm.” Source: www.csea.com/post/shane-dishman-46th-association-president 9

David Miller & Jose Luis Pacheco Win CalPERS Board Seats Sacramento, CA – David Miller and Jose Luis Pacheco are declared the unofficial election winners for the two Member-atLarge seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Election results are considered unofficial until formal certification by the California Secretary of State, which is expected to occur in or around November. For Position A, the unofficial results indicate Miller received 138,453 votes, which represents 72.65% of the votes cast during the voting period of August 27 through September 27, 2021. Challenger Tiffany Emon-Moran received 52,117 votes, or 27.35%. For Position B, the unofficial results indicate Pacheco received 116,296 votes, which represents 61.76% of the votes cast during the voting period. Incumbent Margaret Brown received 71,999 votes, or 38.24%. Miller is an environmental scientist at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control with over 31 years of CalPERS covered service. He has been a Member-at-Large representative on the CalPERS Board since 2018. Pacheco is a SharePoint developer & administrator with the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District with nearly 6 years of CalPERS covered service. He is vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Santa Clara County Federal Credit Union and president of California School Employees Association Chapter 363. The four-year term of office begins January 16, 2022, and concludes on January 15, 2026. The 13-member CalPERS Board sets policy for retirement and health benefits on behalf of California public employers, and their active and retired employees. The board also oversees asset allocation of the pension fund's investments. Under the California Constitution, the CalPERS Board has exclusive authority to administer the CalPERS Fund. Source: CalPERS News Release, October 1, 2021, https://bit.ly/3B8J7K2

The CSEA Victory Club Needs You! CSEA’s primary purpose is to protect your jobs, your rights, and your working conditions. A union does that through collective bargaining, the grievance process, and organizing. These activities are all very important and essential, but one other union function doesn’t get a great deal of attention but is arguably one of the most important functions of a labor union — legislation!


(Continued) The CSEA Government Relations team works every day to protect you from anti-labor laws, attacks on your pension (which occur virtually every year), and erosion of your rights. In fact, the majority of protections gained by CSEA members was through legislation. The Victory Club seeks to: •

Fully fund education and ensure the promise of full funding for our schools is kept.

Protect and preserve our pensions from legislation and initiatives intending to take away guaranteed pensions and force employees into risky 401k style plans.

Provide access to affordable health care by campaigning for legislation and ballot measures to ensure every classified employee has quality, affordable health care.

Elect lawmakers and school board members who support public education, classified employees, and organized labor.

Pass school bonds so we can build, update, and renovate our school facilities.

Stop privatization and outsourcing of classified jobs to the private sector.

The Victory Club raises money to help accomplish these protections, and every Victory Club dollar is spent on election issues. Not one dollar goes to CSEA overhead.

Not a member yet?

Contact David Kong, Area C Representative, CSEA PACE Committee at davidrkong@gmail.com or Juanita Martinez, CH35 President, at chapter35.csea@gmail.com for a Victory Club application.

Union Dues Explained ASSOCIATION PER CAPITA DUES Per capita dues to the Association for Active members shall be assessed at the rate of 1.5% of the first $3,150 of monthly gross salary (excluding overtime, but including longevity, professional growth, and anniversary increments), but not to exceed a maximum of $472.50.

ASSOCIATION DUES AT A GLANCE $47.25 per month, excluding June & July

CHAPTER DUES Local chapter dues for Active members of this chapter shall be $50.00 per year for employees in salary schedule levels 26.0 - 35.5, $70.00 per year for employees on salary schedule levels 36.0 45.0, and $100.00 per year for employees on salary schedule levels 45.5 and higher, payable by payroll deduction during each of the months August through July in which the member is in regular paid status and for no more than ten (10) months; or payable annually in advance to the Chapter Treasurer. Local chapter dues for Active Retired members shall be $20.00 per year. 11


CHAPTER DUES AT A GLANCE Salary Schedule Level

Yearly Dues

Monthly Dues (excl. June & July)

26 - 35.5



36 - 45



45.5 and higher




WHAT IS UNION STEWARD TRAINING? The CSEA Union Steward Certification Program is to provide an ongoing, comprehensive program that includes classroom and on-line training and practical experience in order to develop the skills of Union Stewards.

WHO ARE UNION STEWARDS? Union Stewards work closely with elected chapter leaders and CSEA staff to protect employee rights under the negotiated contract and laws that protect our members. Oftentimes, Union Stewards are the first line of representation for members. They educate members on their rights and work to ensure respect and fairness in the workplace.

WHAT IS THE UNION STEWARD PROGRAM? The Union Steward Program provides stewards and interested members with comprehensive training on multiple subjects. This includes educating members about their rights under the contract to legal rights to keeping members involved in the Union.

HOW DO I BECOME A UNION STEWARD? The Union Steward Training will be held virtually via Zoom in Fall 2021 (except the November 13 training, which is in-person). Please note that Union Steward Training must be taken in sequential order and registration is required. To become a Certified Union Steward, all three levels must be completed within two years. Training UST Level 1 UST Level 1

Date 10/23/2021 11/13/2021

Registration Link https://bit.ly/3hoxTZX https://bit.ly/2Xb55wG

If you would like additional information, please contact: South Bay Field Office, 3350 Scott Blvd., San Jose, CA 95054. Direct: (408) 261-7990 Toll Free: (800) 487-2440, email to SBFORSVP@csea.com.


Want to make a difference? Become a volunteer! CSEA continues to thrive as a member-run union, democratically controlled by member volunteers in their local chapter. CSEA CH35 Executive Board elections are coming up in December. The following officers shall be elected by and from among the total Active (including Active Retired) membership of the chapter, regardless of the location of their employment: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, and Chief Union Steward. Nominations for these offices shall be accepted from the floor at the October and November chapter meetings. An election shall be conducted at the December chapter meeting by secret ballot vote of Active (including Active Retired) members in good standing present at meeting. Questions? Email chapter35.csea@gmail.com.

Have-A-Heart CSEA CARES.

The Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund relies solely on donations from our CSEA family and supports members in their greatest need such as now, during the current California wildfires. Leaving your home due to a wildfire is traumatic, especially when you don't know where you will stay or when you will return. CSEA is here to help members during these difficult times. Apply for assistance now at www.csea.com/assistance or call our Member Benefits department at (866) 487-2732. Donate to the cause now at the same link.

Visit Monterey County Vaccines website for active COVID-19 vaccination sites in Monterey County: www.montereycountyvaccines.com 14

CSEA's No-Cost Teacher Pathway Program

Do you or a family member want to become a teacher? Through the CSEA No-Cost College Programs you and your family members can obtain an Ohio teacher's license and then transfer that to a California Teaching Credential at no-cost for tuition, books, and student fees.* While there are a number of degree options, this webinar focuses specifically on how you and/or your family members can obtain a California teaching credential through our no-cost college programs. Join us for this webinar to find out how!

Learn: • • • • • • • •

About our partner university, Central State’s program for teacher licensure How to obtain a California Teaching Credential through this program Who is eligible for this benefit How to apply and what is needed to apply What teaching licensure options are available What is required for student teaching What tests are required Time for questions and answers

Click here to view the on-demand webinar now: https://bit.ly/3liydKJ. If you still have questions after watching, reach out to CSEA Member Benefits directly by emailing memberbenefits@csea.com or calling the Member Benefit Service Center at (866) 487-2732 during business hours, Monday - Friday from 8:30am 4:30pm, except on holidays. *Note: There are some fees associated with the application for a credential, fingerprinting, tests, etc. that are not covered by this program. 15

Did you know? Ø The New CSEA Chapter 35 Website address is https://csea-ch35-mcoe.mailchimpsites.com/. Ø The New CSEA Chapter 35 digital bulletin board can be found outside of the employee lounge and is up and running with union communications updates!

Let’s connect online! CSEA Website www.csea.com

Have you seen our new look? We are currently updating the main CSEA Website, and the new website will launch in December 2021. Many of our web pages and documents are not available at this time. If you need assistance, please contact CSEA Headquarters by phone during regular business hours at (800) 632-2128. Thank you for your patience. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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