Expressing gratitude for all that you do
It seems like the school year just began yesterday, and now it has already concluded. It has been a busy time for classified employees across our state—preparing for graduations, promotion ceremonies, senior trips, and closing down our schools and colleges. Many of us have now begun summer school work while others are enjoying a well-deserved break.
As we ended the school year, we honored our members’ hard work and dedication. Our CSEA Members of the Year were chosen. Additionally, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the Department of Education recognized six Classified School Employees of the Year with a ceremony in Sacramento. I was honored to attend this wonderful event. Also, three outstanding community college classified employees were honored by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Board of Governors.
There is a great deal of work we do each year in Washington, D.C. to move the education agenda forward. We participate in a national coalition of classified employees, and this year we are privileged to chair the coalition. We work closely with leaders from the states of Washington, Minnesota and Ohio, as well as the National Education Association on federal issues important to all classified employees—issues such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Rural Schools Act and our continued fight to gain a National Classified Employee of the year program. Our CSEA team did an amazing job on Capitol Hill and talking to a majority of the California Congressional delegation. I cannot thank them enough for their diligence and tenacity in getting the job done.
As we head into conference, I want to thank your Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication. They inspire me each day in the interactions they have with our members. They give so freely of their time, and the commitment they show to CSEA is unwavering. I am proud to serve with them and to call them my colleagues and friends. I also want to thank our hard working Regional Representatives. They are my eyes and ears, and work to ensure that our local leaders have the resources they need to serve you. Lastly, thank you to our state committees who do vitally important work for our union. I ask that when you see any of these amazing volunteers (including your Board) thank them for the work they do and the time they commit for all of us.
Have a great summer and I hope to see many of you at Conference in Sacramento.
In strength and unity,
Michael Bilbrey, Association President
CSEA Board of Directors
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