A New School Year With New Leadership

What Happened Several Years Ago When We Organized For A Raise

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Organizing Activities March-April 2016

Election 2016 Results  
(New Board Members Take Office July 1, 2016)

Version 9 Contract (2014-2017)

Bargaining Update:  

     Negotiations with the district are underway.
The two sides met on November 19th, November 30th and December 7th and they will meet on February 8th and 25th 

The Association surveyed our members in September 2015.  The Main Priorities are shown in this document.

Open-ended responses are shown HERE.

These survey items assisted us in creating the 4 articles which we presented to the Board of Trustees on October 20th.  See that document HERE.

Bargaining has begun on the "Reopeners", including Salary, benefits, class size and article 14, hours, responsibilities and work year.  Our Bargaining Team is working hard to get the best possible agreement.  Any tentative agreement will, of course, need to be ratified by the members.

In the past 3 years, your association has increased salaries for our members by 9.5%, provided some one time bonuses and increased health benefit contributions by the district.  

We have every intention to push for increases in compensation.

Current Contract for 2014-17 is HERE

CTAB of Berryessa

Executive Board Meeting Calendar

15-16 CTAB Calendar eBoard

A New Start to a New Year

Address of CTAB President to General Meeting (full version) to General Meeting on August 19, 2015.

Good morning, CTAB members

I would like to introduce our Executive Board members:

VP. Leticia Vasquez
Secretary Enrico Amutan
Treasurer Melanie Ontiveros
MS Rep Kathy Wolterbeeck 
Elem Reps John Cheadle and Ginger Jenzen

As I start this, my 4th and final year as your leader, having been honored to be elected twice as president and having served on your Executive Board since 2002, I want to tell you that you all inspire me

I am inspired by the decades of dedication to the children in our district by so many of our veteran members. I marvel at the fresh ideas and abundant energy of our newer teachers. I am inspired by the multigenerational devotion to our district of teachers such as the recently retired Mel and Gail Ausman and their sons and daughter in law who now teach amongst us

I am awed by my hero, Jan Carlson Williams who we honored this morning who rose before the sun each morning to nurture the minds of a generation of Math and Avid students

I am totally blown away by those members who drive over 100 miles a day to and from work as they balance their love for the children of Berryessa and having a house that they can afford for their own family

I am enthralled by the teachers who personally fund supplies and even food to nurture the students' hunger to learn and to have their young hungry tummies filled

I am inspired by the personal stories of our members' sacrifices told at a board meeting less than 2 years ago which helped us earn pay increases over the past 2 years of 9.5 %
I will always remember the moving testaments of Christie, Steve, Kathy, Leticia and so many others

You shared those stories because.... We are all in this together

We are all indebted to the passion and dedication of our bargaining team as they continue the struggle in our name for professional pay and benefits for our highly educated and noble profession. I know that we are in good hands of the team we will introduce today

I am filled with respect for my colleagues who hold themselves up as models of lifelong advocates for students with high academic standards and lifelong learners, such as my friend Dr. Chris Davis

But besides thatl, I am inspired by those who continue the work of our association, past, present and those of you who will lead it in the future

We are in this together.
In monthly small meetings with individual members of our school board to share the concerns and stories of our members

In mobilizing to the monthly school board meetings.... to question the justice of steep increases of district administrator salaries while we struggle to make monthly mortgage and rent payments in an incredibly expensive city

We are in this together

In stepping forward to run for election as your site rep, we are in this together. I am so appreciative to the new reps and to the long-serving stalwarts such as Mark and Pamela who come month after month and year after year

In stepping forward to attend a CTA conference OR even to run for a CTAB Executive Board position next Spring. Why would you do that?

Because we are in this together

To work diligently to work things out between colleagues and your site admin or to help site reps do that as John and Ginger have done, it is a way of showing that

We are in this together

To bring us into the modern world of Social Media, our secretary Enrico collects emails so we can communicate with you and set up an association Face Book page. Why?

Because we are in this together

In building one another up with support rather than tearing colleagues down with gossip, innuendo a cold shoulder or public scorn and disdain, we must raise ourselves to a higher standard BECAUSE we are in this together

We are in this together

To stand up to the bullying behavior of principals WHO disregard the contract or who subjectively evaluate our members.

We need to organize and take a unified stand such as the one taken by members of Piedmont last year who wanted to contribute to the solution for the school they love and to collaborate with admin rather than be ignored and ordered around

They came together because they were in it together

not that long ago, we had an assistant Superintendent who regularly yelled and belittled employees. We lobbied our board members and Superintendent and we helped change that and we need to always work for respectful professional treatment. Why?


We are in this together

To stand up for better funding for schools here in Berryessa and statewide, walking the 4 corners of Capitol and Berryessa, and beyond, following the lead of a vocal advocate such as Joe Hermann, we are in this together

In the coming months and years, we need to know that we can count on you
...because we are in this together

Whether it be helping to organize colleagues at your site or to share your stories with friends, family or even strangers as on the other end of that dreaded phone bank call....we are in this together

To give meaningful input to ongoing LCAP surveys, we need you to say "better professional pay to attract and retain quality educators", such as all of us, because....we are all in this together

To continue the struggle that continually needs to be done to improve work conditions and a spirit of unity, we need to work together, because, we are in this together!

In the next 11 months of my final term, I am here to serve and to work with you.
You are encouraged and even urged to call me I do this because I believe in you and because....

We are in this together!

An essential part of the associations function is to negotiate a contract. With the retirement of our long serving bargaining chair, Dr Dave Singh last June, we have a new chair. I wish to introduce our new Bargaining Chair, who will introduce her fellow team members. Melanie also serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer where she has been a careful steward of our resources.

Bargaining Chair, Melanie Ontiveros.

May Is Teacher Appreciation Month
Coming Up:  Teacher Appreciation Month

A Free Event sponsored by KQED, the East Side Alliance, Silicon Valley Ed Foundation, San Jose Public Library and RAFT on Friday May 8th

Teacher Appreciation Bash - May 8th!

KQED and the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) invite you to a special event celebrating Bay Area Educators. On May 8th from 4-6:30pm visit the Educational Park Branch Library and experience firsthand the free classroom and professional learning resources from RAFT, the SJPL, East Side Alliance, the Tech Museum, and Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and music set the stage to inspire your maker creativity and imagination. RSVP for a chance to win raffle prizes!

Any member needing assistance from the union should request assistance from their site rep or contact CTA of Berryessa President Rob Curry directly.  We are here to help you!  
Contact Rob at rdcurry@sjteach.org or by phone at 

May 1st Assignment Deadline for 2015-16

     A reminder that by May 1st, all teachers will be given their assignment for 2015-16.  Teachers shall NOT be assigned for arbitrary or capricious reasons.  Read Article 12 for provisions for assignment and reassignment.  See the contract or download it at http://tinyurl.com/ctabContractv7 

Transfer Process Made Simple

Assignment Transfer Timeline Graphic Revised

CTA of Berryessa Gets 5.5% Salary Increase With Retroactive Pay
9.5% Over the Past 2 Years
Ratification Vote Yes-302 No-27

Signed TA's on 12-8-14 with Appendix F ‎(Evaluation Forms)‎

Making CTAB Work for You-Consult the document below

How My CTAB Works for Me ‎(1)‎

CTA State Council Decides  -- From October 2014, submitted by CTAB State Council Rep Joe Hermann

We Got Out the Vote on November 4th
Measure L won by 69%+
Endorsed candidates Thelma Boac and Hugo Jimenez Win
Tom Torlakson reelected State Supt. of Public Instruction

Campaign 2014 Slideshow

CTAB of Berryessa

Building A Positive Relationship

On Saturday, March 22nd, Ginger Jenzen, Joe Hermann and CTAB President Rob Curry met with California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson at the annual Santa Clara County CTA Legislative Breakfast.  Joining us was BUSD Superintendent Will Ector and Board of Trustee Member Thelma Boac.  

Among the main topics were the effects of Common Core, the need for accommodations in Smarter Balanced for EL and Special Education Students and the outlook for funding under the Local Control Funding Formula and the Local Control and Accountability Plan.

Berryessa was the only district from dozen represented to have invited their superintendent and board members to attend with us,

Bargaining Resumes in October

Revised Bargaining Schedule

April 14,

May 9,

May 16,

May 29,

June 3
June 20

BUSD Sunshine Proposals  Approved 3/11/14

CTAB of Berryessa

From Our Archives

CTAB and District Reach Tentative Agreement

Ratification Meeting Set for January 7th 3:45 at Mt. Hamilton 
Ratification Balloting Jan 6-7 

The Executive Board has voted to encourage membership to approve the tentative agreement.  Below is the Organizing Teams statement:

Take the 4 and Go Back for More 2.doc

The following is the settlement statement drafted by the Negotiations Team and the District:


From November 2013
CTAB Membership Turns Out

At the November 19th monthly BUSD Board meeting, scores of CTA of Berryessa members were heard.  Although only 8 or so spoke, the solidarity of the rest of the members and our CSEA and Teamster colleagues who stood as each speaker spoke  was a great show of solidarity.  The next school board meeting is scheduled for December 10th.

Pamela Thomasson of Noble addresses the School Board
(Photo courtesy of David Cohen)

Good Evening. 
On behalf of the 400+ members of the California Teachers Association of Berryessa, I wish to present the proposals our association wishes to negotiate, 
In the past 6 years, I and my 3 most recent predecessors as 
president have had to see a series of negative impacts on our 
members multiple furlough days and a flat cap on benefits 
which has led to our members seeing their out of pocket 
contributions go up drastically….up to 600 or more dollars per 
Many of our members have had to take out loans to keep 
afloat. Some have had to take second jobs to make ends meet. 
We know that the district wishes to attract and retain quality 
teachers. Providing afair and substantial increase in compensation is the best way to do so. 
We hope that the recent actions of this board in approving 
compensation increases (of 9%+) to unrepresented employees 
indicates the acknowledgement that all employees should likewise have their compensation raised similarly. 
Thank you.

2013-14 School Year Calendar Adopted  View here

Your Union Leadership

President Rob Curry
Call 650-763-7526

 Vice President /
Council Rep 
Joe Hermann
Enrico Amutan
Melanie Ontiveros
 MS Rep Liz Karzag
 Elem Rep 
Ginger Jenzen
 Elem Rep John Cheadle

Stuff of Interest

  • CTA Statewide Scholarships CTA Scholarship OpportunitiesCTA offers several different educational scholarships to members and their dependents throughout the academic year. Use the link above to see the major CTA scholarships:
    Posted Aug 11, 2014, 10:28 PM by CTA of Berryessa Secretary
  • November Election Crucial for Education Our local will have an opportunity to advocate for candidates we choose to recommend for the November School Board Election as well as to work for two crucial issues---Passing ...
    Posted May 19, 2012, 9:25 AM by CTA of Berryessa Secretary
  • 2012-13 School Year Calendar The district has released the 2012-13 School Year CalendarYou can view the main work year calendar by clicking HEREBoth the work calendar and the Thursday Calendar can ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2012, 8:02 AM by CTA of Berryessa Secretary
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