CSEA's 90th Annual Conference
Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future
Aug. 1-4, 2016
San Jose, CA
CSEA’s 90th Annual Conference will be held at the San Jose Convention Center Aug. 1-4, 2016. More than 2,000 CSEA members, staff and guests are expected to attend this landmark event just minutes from CSEA Headquarters. Dedicated classified employees from all over California will share ideas, debate and vote on resolutions, adopt a budget and present awards for outstanding service and achievement and set the leadership, legislative and budgetary direction of the union.
Registration packets were sent to chapter presidents at the chapter’s communications address on Friday, April 8. The packets include the delegate roster, conference newsletter, visitor registration forms, and the delegate change form. In a continuing effort to “go green”, we no longer provide a duplicate packet to chapter treasurers. If a chapter needs another copy of the materials, all forms are available on the Delegate Information Page; Chapter officers can download a blank roster and verify delegate strength off of the list provided. If you have questions, email Jody Bell at email@example.com.
CSEA’s initial room block is sold out, but we have secured additional block-rate rooms for delegates at the Holiday Inn on First Street in San Jose (approx. 3 miles from the convention center). This hotel is a short 10-minute light rail ride to downtown -- there is a station just outside the front of the hotel and a station at the Convention Center. Room rates are slightly higher; however, the parking is considerably less expensive than the downtown properties. DO NOT RESERVE THREE PEOPLE TO A ROOM as the rate will go over $200 per night.
Chapters/delegates must use the Team San Jose Passkey Reservation System to make their housing plans for Conference. It requires either a credit card to guarantee reservations for the first night’s deposit; or, if they choose, a chapter check can be sent to Team San Jose for the deposit on rooms within two weeks of booking the reservation. Checks should be made payable to Team San Jose and sent to 408 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95110, Attn: Karla Gutierrez, Housing Coordinator. Credit cards used for such deposits WILL NOT be charged at the time reservations are made.
Chapters/delegates CANNOT call hotels directly for reservations. Delegates will be provided a room confirmation from Passkey; after July 8, any changes to existing reservations can be made directly with the hotel(s), once Passkey has had an opportunity to forward all reservations to the appropriate hotels at that time.
Democracy in action
All conference delegates are CSEA members who are locally elected or appointed by members of the chapter they are representing. They will spend the week gathering information and casting votes on behalf of their chapter. In addition to the formally scheduled events, the conference presents members with a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, share problems and solutions, and network with colleagues from around the state.
Conference offers educational opportunities and special forums for delegates. Expert presenters teach workshops and seminars on an array of relevant subjects during CSEA’s Education Days. These workshops provide members with practical knowledge that they can use on the job and share with members in their home chapters. Additional forums are held for specific groups, including community college employees, county office of education employees and others.
Delegates will debate and vote on resolutions, which are formally submitted proposals that are often written by local chapters to determine policies and priorities for the union. Resolutions can range from unfinished business and fiscal matters to general policy and proposed legislation.
Business and financial
Conference delegates will review the association’s budget with great detail to ensure that members’ dues money is being spent appropriately and with the greatest return to members. The next CSEA budget will not go forward until these members approve it with a majority vote.
Awards and honors
CSEA will honor its most outstanding members throughout the week with the presentation of several awards, including Life Member and Honor Roll, Members of the Year, Activist of the Year, Communication Awards, Wally Blice (political action), Circle of Stars (Victory Club growth), Humanitarian of the Year and Membership Unity Program (chapter organizing).
CSEA benefit providers will set up table top displays with information on exclusive consumer discounts and programs available only to CSEA members.
A popular feature of the conference is CSEA’s tribute members and family who have serve in the military. If you have a loved one serving in the armed forces, send the name, rank, branch of service and a photo and it will included in a tribute to be shown at conference. E-mail information to Jody Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions and information
If you have any questions, contact your area representative on the Conference Committee, Chair Roy Hartnell at email@example.com or Committee Coordinator Jody Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.