Cupertino Education Association

Cupertino Educators Association: CEA

10011 N. Foothill Blvd, #107 Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 257-2122 cea@ceaweb.org

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CEA Members Endorse Lori cunningham for School board!

Board of Education Endorsement

The Cupertino Education Association is pleased to announce that we will be endorsing Lorien Cunningham for the 2018 school board election. Lori will make a great school board member. She is an active part of the CUSD community, has served on many district advisory committees and is well informed of CUSD issues, She is also a product of our CUSD schools having attended West Valley Elementary and Cupertino Middle School. See the flyer below for more information.

Cunningham for CUSD.pdf

President's Message

Welcome Back!

I hope all of you have had a restful and rejuvenating summer. CEA has been busy preparing for the new school year. This will be a year of change. Since all CUSD School Board incumbents have chosen not to seek reelection, we will have new facers on our board of trustees.

CEA will also be holding a special election this year- In September we will hold a run-off election for CTA State Council representative. We will also hold an election to fill vacant positions on our executive board. These positions include:

· Vice President

· Communications Director

· Middle School Director

· Primary Director

· Special Education Director.

If you are interested in running for one of these open positions, please email CEA at cea@ceaweb.org.

Members of the CEA Executive board met with the CUSD Executive Cabinet this summer. We discussed a range of topics, and I was impressed with the openness and change of perspective Dr. Baker showed. CEA looks forward this year to working with the district to foster greater trust between employees and management.

Thank you to all our members for the hard work you have put in preparing for this new school year. I hope you all have a wonderful year.

Kai K. Brown President Cupertino Education Association

Bargaining 2018-19

Our first meeting of the year with CUSD was held on 8/21/18. Read more...

CEA and CUSD uses interest based bargaining in our negotiations. What is it and how does it work? Read more..

Treasurer's Report

In order to ensure transparency and accountability, we want to make sure our members understand how their dues are being used. Read more...

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 Teachers' Strike 1970s

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.