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California School Employees Association
2016 Classified School Employees of the Year
Six outstanding classified school employees were recognized this week by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for their contributions and dedication to California’s public school students. Five of them are CSEA members.
Classified School Employee Week
California’s Legislature recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees and designated the third full week of May as Classified School Employee Week to honor these contributions. Join us May 15–21 as we celebrate this year’s theme, "Classified School Employees: Everyday Heroes."
Moving classified issues in Washington, D.C.
CSEA leadership will be heading to Washington, D.C. in May to speak to members of Congress about the issues that affect classified employees and to advocate for more funding for resources and training.
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California to increase minimum wage to $15 by 2022
Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 3 (Leno) to increase California's minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour in six years. Approved by the Legislature last week, the bill will increase the state's minimum wage by 50 cents next year and to $11 in 2018. Hourly $1 raises will then come every January until 2022. Association President Ben Valdepena called the bill a historic move to close the divide between rich and poor.
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Supreme Court decision emphasizes importance of 2016 election
The 4-4 split Supreme Court decision regarding the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, reinforces the belief that this year’s election could be our most important yet. The opinions regarding organized labor of future justices – and of the next president who will appoint them – is of extreme importance to CSEA members. The November elections will also determine several other matters impacting classified employees such as the Children’s Education and Health Care Protections Act, bond measures and local school board races.

Together We Are Strong
Together, we are strong
Chapters with membership rates near 100 percent don’t happen by accident or coincidence. They occur because chapter leaders, members and staff work diligently to ensure chapters remain strong and united.
Sandra Ferguson
Dedicated to student safety
Classified employees perform the widest variety of jobs of any group of school workers. But while job classifications may call for us to drive students to school, feed them, maintain their campuses and help them learn, all classified employees have one job in common: looking out for the well-being of students.

Focus Magazine

March/April 2016
Together, We Are Strong
Focus: March/April 2016
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