CSEA is fighting for your job at all levels - from the district office to the state capitol. As local school districts work to recover from California's prolonged budget crisis, layoffs are still an inevitable reality for some CSEA members, along with teachers and other school staff.
So, what should you do if you get laid off? First of all, remember that losing your job (through no fault of your own) can be overwhelming, both financially and emotionally. However, there are some steps you can take to help ease the pain and get yourself back to work as quickly as possible, and CSEA would like to help.
Know your rights
If you are laid off, the district is required by law to give you 45 days notice. Districts must also bargain over the effects of a layoff or the decision to reduce hours. Many chapters have successfully negotiated layoff and reemployment provisions into their contracts. When the union is involved, it gives the employees a voice in determining their fate.
Keep your health coverage
Losing your health benefits can pose an even greater financial risk than losing your salary. Uninsured medical costs can be devastating. However, if you lose your job or have your hours reduced, you don't have to lose your health benefits.
File for unemployment
As soon as you receive a layoff notice, you should file an Unemployment Insurance claim with the California Employment Development Department. The longer you wait to do this, the longer you'll go without a check.
Start your job search
If you are looking to continue your career in California's public schools, there's no better online resource than EdJoin.
Pursue education and training
Now's the best time to sharpen your skills and create new job opportunities through education and training opportunities. Whether it means going back to school full time or attending a local workshop, consider all of your options.
Take care of your finances
Union Plus offers credit counseling services, budgeting advice and no-fee debt management and bankruptcy counseling benefits, as well as job loss grants and other helpful programs to assist eligible union members facing hardships.
Continue your union membership
While CSEA membership after layoff is optional, many members choose to retain their union membership. By retaining active membership, inactive membership or joining the Retiree Unit, there are several ways to stay involved with CSEA and maintain your union benefits...Learn More
Call upon your CSEA family
CSEA is a family that is stronger than the district's bottom line. If you need help, talk to members of your CSEA chapter and let them know that you need help. They know that you would be there for them, just as they will be there for you.