Cupertino Education Association
CUSD Board of Education Endorsement
CEA will have an open forum for all Board Member candidates who are seeking our endorsement and who would like to get their message out to the CEA membership. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have placed links to important district forms on our CUSD Resources Page
Please take 5 seconds to fill out the membership form. This form will allow your site reps and CEA communications director to get in touch with you regarding updates and CEA news. A link to the form is below, or you can find the form if you scroll down on this page.
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Filling this out gives you access to specific surveys and news. It will help CEA protect your rights, create greater equity, improve your working conditions, and ensure your voice is heard. CEA maintains privacy of your personal information.
2017 - 2018
Fall is here and soon the holiday season will be upon us. I want to thank all our site representatives for volunteering their time to help keep their fellow teachers informed and for bringing site concerns to our monthly meetings. Sites are allowed one site representative per 12 members. If your site does not have all their allotted site reps. I urge you to consider volunteering. Our meetings are open to all our members so if you are curious about what happens please come by. The representative assembly meetings are generally held on the last Monday of the month and dates can be found on the calendar section of this site. I look forward to seeing you as I visit the different school sites.
Kai K. Brown President Cupertino Education Association
Know your Rights
“If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from what he or she says, the employee has the right to request union representation. When the employee makes the request for a union representative to be present management has three options:" Read more...
Injury by student
Ed Code 44014. (a) Whenever any employee of a school district or of the office of a county superintendent of schools is attacked, assaulted, or physically threatened by any pupil, it shall be the duty of the employee, and the duty of any person under whose direction or supervision the employee is employed in the public school system who has knowledge of the incident, to promptly report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement authorities of the county or city in which the incident occurred. Failure to make the report shall be an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). Read more...
Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).
Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. Read more...
Generally a grievance is a violation of a specific provision of the contract, past practice, written policy or settlement agreement.
Your union contract provides a mechanism for you to make sure your employer abides by the contract. That mechanism is the grievance procedure (Article 10). When an employer violates a provision of the contract, union members have a right to file a grievance.
Whenever we let an employer violate the contract without challenging them, we are weakening the contract for all members—it sends a message that we will not enforce the contract. Read more...
CEA: HISTORY & Mission
Why Our Union Matters,
And Why You Matter To Us
Did you know there was a time in our district, not so long ago, that even though teachers had a union, we had no contract? Teachers had no right to bargain working conditions, evaluations, teaching hours, class size, or even having a phone in their classroom. It's true! CUSD teachers had to organize and actually go on strike to get the rights they deserved, and the education their students deserved.
being a teacher:
It's more than just a job
Essays that give voice to teachers around the United States. If you would like to share your voice on our website, please contact our Communications Director.
Unless you are speaking to another teacher, it is almost impossible to explain to someone why we do what we do. Julie Pickhaver, Providence Public Schools Read more...
To remember the forgotten, to feel, to share, to dance in celebration, to pass into the shadows, to teach. Joseph Murphy, Vanderbilt University Read more...
The Dues and Don'ts of Union Dues
If you want to start a lively discussion, bring up the subject of either taxes or union dues. In fact, the two are very similar. Many of us complain about paying taxes, but deep down we know that if we don’t pay taxes, many of the things we depend on every day will fall apart.