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CalPERS Election 

Bilbrey unsuccessful in re-election bid 


12/12/17

Michael BilbreyMichael Bilbrey

Former Association President Michael Bilbrey was unable to fend off challenger Margaret Brown in the runoff election for his at-large seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Bilbrey thanked CSEA members and the rest of his supporters in the election.

The unofficial election results indicate that Bilbrey received 69,123 votes, which represents 47 percent of the votes cast during the voting period of November 10 through December 11, 2017. Brown received 77,969 votes, or 53 percent. 

"I want to thank the thousands of supporters who stood with me in this election," Bilbrey wrote on his Facebook page. "We tried our best but it was not quite meant to be. I have always done my best and given 100% to what I have devoted my time to. It is for me all about making a difference for others. While this campaign was at times difficult because of the lies that were said about me, I am very proud of the dialogue and engagement of the just under 150,000 members who participated in voting. I congratulate Ms. Brown on her win and remind her that she represents all the members of the fund. Thank you again to all of you who have supported me in so many ways over the years."

As a member of the CalPERS Board, Bilbrey served as a strong advocate for public employees and retirement security. He helped increase board transparency and ensure the nation’s largest public pension system is fiscally responsible, especially during these tumultuous times. At every level, Bilbrey has fought to protect CalPERS from attacks by corporations and wealthy extremists, who work constantly to strip away retirement security for public employees.

Association President Ben Valdepeña reassured Bilbrey supporters that CSEA will continue to fight for retirement security.

“While we are disappointed that our efforts have come up short," Valdepeña said, "the result doesn’t change CSEA’s commitment to our core value of protecting and enhancing CalPERS so that our members can retire with dignity. I want to thank Michael for his service on the CalPERS Board."



MEMBER BENEFITS GUIDE

Purchase Holiday Gifts and Tickets to Winter Amusements and Attractions and Save Today! CSEA offers Members many gift-giving and stocking stuffer options at a discount! View our current offers and purchase tickets by calling the Member Benefits Service Center at (866) 487-2732 or shop online. Select attractions may be purchased online as print-and-go tickets.

Restaurant Gift Cards

Save 10% off popular restaurant gift cards from: Applebee's, Chili’s, IHOP, Panera, and Darden Restaurants (including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Yard House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52.

Hostess Gifts

Near or far, give a gift of appreciation to your loved ones! Save 15% off HoneyBaked Ham gift cards and See’s Candies 1 lb. Gift Certificates. Save 20% on all Teleflora flowers and GiftTree gift baskets.

Movie Theater Tickets

Save up to 40% off movie theatre tickets from: Cinemark, Galaxy, Harkins, Pacific, Regal, Edwards, United Artist, Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, and Ultra Star!

Winter Attractions

From Global Winter Wonderland to Knott’s Berry Farm to Winchester Mystery House, we cover the whole state for your Winter fun! Check out all the specials. Purchase tickets by calling the Member Benefits Service Center at (866) 487-2732 or shop online or select attractions may be purchased and printed at home.





 


ASSISTANCE FUND

Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund Programs


CSEA Cares

CSEA takes care of its members on the job, but it also lends a helping hand in times of crisis. The Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund provides financial relief to members in need. The Assistance Fund, which subsists solely on the generous donations of CSEA members, is disbursed through two different programs: the Emergency Assistance Program and the Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Emergency Assistance Program

If a member’s primary residence is deemed uninhabitable as the result of a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake, fire or flood, that member can apply for up to $1,000 in immediate emergency assistance. This program may also be used to assist eligible organizations that are providing aid in areas that have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of a catastrophic event (eg. fire, earthquake, or flood).

Humanitarian Assistance Program

When a member incurs significant financial hardship due to circumstances beyond their control, that member can apply for up to $500 of financial relief through the Humanitarian Assistance Program. Applications and corroborating documentation must be submitted to CSEA Member Benefits within 30 days of the financial emergency. If approved, payments will be made directly to appropriate vendors (utility company, landlord, mortgage lender, etc.).

Eligibility

To be eligible for any of the programs in the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund, you must be a CSEA member in good standing or a CSEA staff employee in paid status. Full details and eligibility requirements are detailed in CSEA Policy 1010.

Fund relies on donations

Support for the Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund doesn’t come from union dues—it relies solely on donations from our CSEA family. If you’ve already made a donation, thank you for your generosity. If not, please consider how much your contribution will be appreciated by those members in need.

Some chapter members vote to take a certain amount out of their general fund. Others hold fundraisers like bake sales or bingo tournaments. Even passing a hat at chapter meetings can help the fund. And you can always make an individual donation.

Donate by check

Please send your donation to:
Dorothy Bjork Assistance Fund
2045 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131

Donate by credit card

Call CSEA Member Benefits
866-ITS-CSEA (866-487-2732)

Donate by payroll deduction

Download the Assistance Fund Payroll Deduction Form (PDF)

We are Family

Dorothy Bjork, Association President from 1984 to 1986, adopted the theme “We are Family” and led the union’s first disaster relief effort, which helped scores of members recover from devastating floods in Northern California. Today, her legacy lives on, as CSEA members’ donations and volunteer efforts help hundreds of other members recover from natural disasters and personal crises.


CSEA scores legislative victory by stopping bad bill 

CSEA and our education and labor allies won a major victory by stopping AB 1217 (Bocanegra) from moving forward. AB 1217 was a late “gut and amended” bill (meaning that a bill was stripped of the previous content and filled with a new proposal) that came out with little notice. CSEA is at the forefront of the effort to defeat this bill that pretended to be about building a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) school for low-income students in downtown Los Angeles.

In reality, AB 1217 would have created the first-ever state school and give state public funds to a private entity, with little accountability or protections for employees. This bill was opposed by both education labor and management in a united effort to stop it. CSEA, CTA, CFT, SEIU and AFSCME were joined by ACSA, CSBA, CASBO and the PTA, NAACP, and many others in opposition to AB 1217.

After a month-long battle with dueling newspaper editorials and even television ads by the sponsors, CSEA and our allies defeated the bill and sent it to the “Inactive File”. This means that the author and sponsors of the bill conceded that they could not garner enough votes to move the bill forward. You could almost hear a collective cheer in and around the Capitol when this happened. This was one of the biggest battles this session over a very controversial bill.

By moving it to the “Inactive File”, the sponsors could try to bring it back up in January for a vote. We must continue to be vigilant, and to remind and hold legislators to their opposition to stop this bill.





Healthcare News

Push for universal healthcare in California

While efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act were underway in Washington D.C. earlier this year, a renewed push for universal healthcare in California was taking shape. State Senate Bill 562 gained momentum as a statewide single-payer healthcare measure, but it lacked major details regarding funding and feasibility. Assembly Speaker Rendon is now planning to hold hearings on universal healthcare beginning in September. "California School Employees Association supports Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's plan to hold legislative hearings on universal healthcare in California," Association President Ben Valdepeña said. "CSEA has long been a proponent of universal healthcare and firmly believes that we must find a way to guarantee quality, affordable healthcare for all of our citizens. Speaker Rendon's commitment to find the 'best and quickest path forward to universal healthcare' aligns with our core organizational values, and we will continue to support all efforts to make it a reality."



CalPERS Event this week at the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove - Sept. 15 and 16

CalPERS Benefits Education Events (CBEEs) are held throughout the state and are open to CalPERS members at all career stages. The earlier you develop an understanding of your benefits, the more prepared you'll be to make good decisions and develop a plan for your financial future

CBEEs provide you the opportunity to:

1. Learn about benefits, programs, and more at informative classes.

2. Review your personal information and options in my|CalPERS, our secure self-service website.

3. Speak with representatives from CalPERS and our partner organizations.

Registration is available approximately six weeks before each event.

Pre-registration is encouraged and intended to expedite event check-in, but does not guarantee a seat in the morning classes.

The classes are repeated throughout the day.We encourage you to be flexible with your schedule as some morning classes tend to fill up quickly.

See the Calendar for upcoming CBEEs dates, locations, directions, printable resources, and links to our online registration.Come for an hour or stay all day.

The schedule is the same for both days.

For more information go to https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/education-center/member-education/benefits-education-events/calendar and check out the flyer and schedule of classes.


Pre-registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome!




2017-18 Tentative Agreement 


The Chapter 468 executive board is delighted to report that the tentative agreement was approved at the ratification meeting last night, Sept. 6. We appreciate the effort members invested to come and vote. 

Now that the tentative agreement has been ratified, Payroll is moving forward and we hope to see the 2% increase on-schedule and 2% bonus off-schedule on the October 10 check.

If you have any other questions regarding the increase, please feel free to call Alan Kaun at (714) 966-4483.



California Paraeducator Conference




2017 Paraeducator Conference

February 20 - 22, 2018
Ontario Convention Center
Ontario, CA

More information about 21st Annual California Paraeducator Conference to be held Feb. 20-22, 2018 in Ontario will be available soon. 

Last year, CSEA celebrated its 20th year of the conference with nearly 1,300 participants attending the event.

The conference featured 46 different workshops, covering everything from autism spectrum disorders to school violence prevention. All of the workshops, including presentations and handouts are available online.

If you are a paraeducator and member of Chapter 468, call Alan Kaun at (714) 966-4483 to find out how to attend this amazing event. For more information, go to www.csea.com/web/Events/Paraeducator-Conference.



Labor Day Reflection

In honor of September, and the national holiday called “Labor Day,” we take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the day and what it stands for to all Americans. On September 4, 2017, as you spend the day with family and friends barbecuing, swimming, and enjoying the day - remember that this day is dedicated to you and all American workers from past and present that wake-up each day, sacrifice their family time and work towards a common goal that impacts the future of the United States and everything that we hold dear in our lives today.


 Labor Day: What It Means
 
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country (United States Department of Labor website).
   American history lays out a pretty dismal picture of the horrible working conditions of Americans in the 19th century and earlier. Many Americans were forced to work seventy hours or more per week. Child labor laws did not exist, so even young children were forced to endure inhumane conditions. Thanks to the courage and dedication of the labor movement in America, starting back in the 1800s, working conditions have slowly improved and earned us the rights that we enjoy today in the 21st century.

For classified staff working for the Orange County Department of Education, Labor Day also represents the outstanding and influential work each classified employee contributes to our schools and the students that flow through them. Students and their families lives are touched each day, either directly or indirectly, by the energy and enthusiasm that our classified employees invest in their jobs.

This effort does not go unnoticed. The hard work makes a difference and has an effect on the success of America as a whole.

Kudos to all classified employees!






Bilbrey, Miller are the best choices for CalPERS

Vote by phone, web or mail Sept. 1 - Oct. 2


CalPERS needs strong leaders with integrity, commitment and a track record of protecting retirement and health benefits. Michael Bilbrey and David Miller, CSEA’s endorsed candidates for the CalPERS Board of Administration, have long histories of standing up for workers and retirees.

CSEA former president Bilbrey is seeking re-election to the at-large seat that he currently holds on the CalPERS Board of Administration. He is CSEA’s endorsed candidate for Position B on the ballot.

 

“I want to continue being a voice for all CalPERS members,” he said.

 

Bilbrey has held this position since 2011 when he was elected to fill a vacancy. He has been a CalPERS member for over 27 years and is employed by Citrus Community College as Bookstore Operations Coordinator, where he helps manage over a million dollars in bookstore business.

 

Michael Bilbrey for Position B

Of the candidates for Position B, Bilbrey has the most extensive experience and the best track record for working to protect our retirement. That’s why CSEA urges you to vote for him.

 

“Michael is committed to ensuring the stability of the CalPERS system for years to come,” Association President Ben Valdepeña said. “He’s a proven leader and a strong voice for all CalPERS members.”

 

Since taking a seat on the CalPERS board, Bilbrey has completed the Harvard Trustee Leadership Forum and currently serves in an advisory role with the Global Group Committee on Workers Capital, the California Trustee Network and the UCLA Labor Center Advisory Group. He has the experience, education and skills to lead effectively.

 

“I will continue to protect our defined benefit pensions because I know how hard we have worked to earn and contribute to them,” he said. “I am dependable, will listen to all CalPERS members, and will be your voice as well. My goal is to ensure the system’s stability and efficiency.”

 

Another goal for Bilbrey if he’s elected to another term is to provide quality and accessible CalPERS healthcare for the more than 1.2 million members and beneficiaries who receive these healthcare benefits.

 

It’s important to have leaders who will work to strengthen CalPERS while maintaining openness and transparency. Bilbrey is well known for being accessible and responsive, and for doing what’s best for the membership.

 

“I am clear on my role as a fiduciary for you, the members,” he said. “I take that responsibility very seriously.”

 

Public employee pension systems are under attack. CalPERS needs leaders who can build coalitions and will fight to protect defined-benefit pensions for current retirees and for the future. Bilbrey will continue being a representative retirees and current public employees who depend on CalPERS can trust.

 

“As the CalPERS Board President, elected to my 13th term, I cannot emphasize enough the value of having such an effective and experienced advocate for public employees on the CalPERS Board,” CalPERS Board President and former CSEA President Rob Feckner said.

 

David Miller for Position A

David Miller, CSEA’s endorsed candidate for Position A on the ballot, has a history of standing up to anti-pension interest groups and will be a good addition to the CalPERS board.

“We encourage you to vote for David Miller to keep CalPERS moving forward,” Valdepeña said. “He’s a qualified candidate who will look out for the best interest of CalPERS members.”

 

Miller, a biochemist for the California Department of Toxic Substance Control, has been an effective and outspoken advocate for state employees for more than 25 years. He’s been a worksite representative, bargaining chair and president of the California Association of Professional Scientists. A longtime advocate for the retirement security of public employees, Miller has defended CalPERS from the barrage of attacks by anti-worker groups. He has debated anti-pension individuals on television and has authored numerous articles published in major media outlets defending retirement security.

 

As a candidate with a history of leadership, strong communication and unwavering perseverance, Miller vows to be accountable to CalPERS members and not politicians or interest groups.

 

“My commitment to you is that I will put the interests of CalPERS members – employees and retirees – first,” he said.

 

Election period begins Sept. 1

Vote for Michael Bilbrey for Position B and David Miller for Position A on the CalPERS Board of Administration during the election period, Sept. 1-Oct. 2. Candidates for seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration are elected by and represent all CalPERS members, including retired and active members, from state, school, and public agency employers. Retired members of CalPERS (excluding survivors and beneficiaries) whose effective date of retirement is on or before July 1 are eligible to vote.

 

Beginning with this election, voters will have two new ways to vote. Members can vote online or by phone, or use the traditional paper ballot that is mailed. All online, telephone, or paper ballots must be received by CalPERS no later than Oct. 2 to be counted.







RATIFICATION MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
5 P.M. AT KALMUS D-1001








CSEA CHAPTERS MAKE AN IMPACT AT THE 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS!




The 2017 CSEA Annual Conference took place starting Monday, July 31 through August 4. This annual event was held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were over 1600 member/delegates gathered together to do the business of the California School Employees Association.

We had an extremely full agenda during the week, including 18 resolutions which were voted on. In addition, the budget was adopted after extensive

contemplation and debate.

We also recognized exceptional members with awards such as the Humanitarian of the Year and Activist of the Year, followed by placements on the Honor Roll and Life Membership. By Thursday afternoon, we had finalized the business portion and transitioned into the conference’s Education Days in which a variety of classes were offered to members. Classes involved topics such as leadership development, stress management and mindfulness – to name a few! Two keynote speakers delivered outstanding messages of encouragement and accolades to all volunteers of CSEA, with some additional helpful tips on managing stress and emotions related to doing the business of our great union.

Thursday evening, the delegates dressed up in their finest to attend a dinner and dance hosted by CSEA. The theme was Vintage Las Vegas and the focus was on a time period in the 1960's, with impersonators and a musical tribute to the Rat Pack. It was an opportunity to unwind, network, and have a little fun after working 12 hour days for three days.

Our final day of conference was spent electing officials (some re-elected) to the state’s executive board. We finished with the good of the order and said goodbye to friends we had made during the week.

Annual conference is hard work for delegates that volunteer to attend, but it is absolutely necessary to the success of the association as a whole. We are a member-run organization and the annual conference delegates ultimately decide the future of CSEA.


If you would like to participate in future conferences, begin by getting involved in your chapter. Attend monthly meetings;volunteer for committees and help us fight for equality and fair treatment for all classified staff. One person can’t do it all, but together we are stronger!

Click here to see more pictures from the conference



MEET ALYSSA REYES, CHAPTER 468's NEW LABOR REPRESENTATIVE!



 
The new labor representative for CSEA - Chapter 468 is Alyssa Reyes.

Alyssa has worked with CSEA as an unassigned labor relations representative. She’s covered various chapters in her time with CSEA, including Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Corona-Norco, and Chino.

Prior to becoming a labor rep, she worked in community health and has a background in gender and cultural studies. She has been able to use that experience to continue advocating on behalf of our members here at CSEA.


















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Register early for the 21st California Paraeducator Conference
CSEA is presenting the 21st Annual California Paraeducator Conference Feb. 20-22, 2018 in Ontario. Last year, nearly 1,300 participants attended the event, which featured 46 different workshops, covering everything from autism spectrum disorders to school violence prevention. 

Get involved
As a member-run union, we rely on members like you to step forward and contribute new ideas and new energy. There are many ways you can get involved with CSEA. Local chapter meetings are open to all members and everyone is encouraged to attend. Talk with chapter leaders to find out what kind of help is needed.

Plan ahead for retirement

Sign up now to attend a FREE CSEA Pre-Retirement Seminar in your area and get the information you need to maximize your pension benefits. It's never too early to learn about your retirement.


Executive Board


CHAPTER PRESIDENT
ALAN KAUN

CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT
JULIE GUNDLING

CHAPTER SECRETARY
LINDA PETERSON

CHAPTER TREASURER
VIVIAN PHAM

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
SONJA MORRISSEY

CHAPTER WEBMASTER (appointed)
SONJA MORRISSEY

Union Contacts


Area: H

AREA DIRECTOR:
BILL HAGAR

Region: 49

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE:
RONDA WALEN

Field Office:
ORANGE
326 W KATELLA AVE #E,
ORANGE  92867
(800) 564-9979

FIELD DIRECTOR:
TIARA COX

LABOR RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE: ISABELLE FRANZ

Employer(s) / District(s)


ORANGE COUNTY DEPT OF EDUCATION