Cupertino Education Association
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Latest State Council Information!!
On the weekend of October 26-28 CTA held its first state council meeting of this school year in Los Angeles. We were fortunate to have our representative Brian Davenport attend. Below is a synopsis of important information from the weekend:
Wow temperatures are fluctuating, trees are losing their leaves, conferencing is over for most elementary schools and middle school report card prep is starting! It must be fall.
This year I have continued school visits to talk to teachers, answer questions and listen to concerns. I am also meeting with the administrators at the district office to advocate for our members rights.
Please remember to Vote November 6th. CTA is endorsing Tony Thurman for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Gavin Newsom for Governor. CEA is endorsing Lori Cunningham for CUSD School Board. Please spread the word about the importance of supporting these candidates.
We will have our monthly Representative Assembly on October 29th. These meetings are open to everyone so if you are interested please come on by. Otherwise get your questions/concerns to your Site Representative so that they may bring them to the meeting.
Interestingly, CEA did not have a contract to begin with. We fought for one. Not until the 60’s did teachers have:
½ hour lunch - duty free
Professional growth increments
CEA continues to work for you and your rights. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!
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.