Chapter 736 News
April 2012 Butte County Schools
CSEA Chapter 736
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Message from our President
1 Message from our President Hello 736 Members,
There is a lot of activity happening in our chapter,
1 Classified School Employee Week and we are asking for your help. The chapter is
2 very busy with upcoming events, and we are
Help us get the Protect Schools and looking for volunteers to serve on the Audit
Public Safety Initiative on the ballot! Committee, the Classified School Employees Week
3 Members Benefits (CSEW) Committee, and the BSSP Employee
3 From our Site Representative We currently have an opportunity for someone to
4 Administrative Professionals Day be a representative from our chapter at BSSP
Employee Advisory Committee Meetings. This is our
opportunity to voice our concerns to the Board and
have our questions answered. The committee
person would need to attend BSSP Employee
Classified Employees Advisory Committee meetings. Anyone who is
interested in being on this committee, who has an
interest and understanding of insurance, should let
A Legacy of Service me know.
BSSP has also created a Wellness Committee.
Susan Rizzo has been appointed to the Wellness
The Executive Board is also looking for members
who are interested in serving on the Fundraising
Committee. We need 2-3 people who can come up
with ideas for raising funds for our chapter and
Classified School Employee who can coordinate these activities.
Week We are also preparing for our annual CSEW BBQ.
Anyone interested in being on this 4-5 person
Chapter 736 BBQ committee should let me know. It is time to start
working on the planned events. More information
May 24, 2012 will be sent to members in the coming weeks.
Lastly, I regretfully inform you that Penny Martinez
11:30 am – 1:00 pm has resigned from her position as Chapter
Bicentennial Park Secretary. Penny does not have the time,
presently, to devote to this position. The position
• Raffle • Guest Speakers requires one to attend chapter meetings and
Executive Board meetings to take Minutes. It is
• 50/50 • Tri-Tip & Chicken estimated that approximately 6 hours per month is
devoted to this position. The Executive Board has
Nominate Member of the Year! no nominations at this time. Anyone interested in
being the secretary for our chapter should contact
Chapter President, Tammy Long.
Best Department Basket Competition Tammy Long, Chapter President
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The clock is ticking…
Help us get the Protect Schools and
Public Safety Initiative on the ballot!
Our schools and colleges desperately need more funding to get out of this endless
cycle of budget cuts. Every year, more classified employees and teachers are laid off
1940s and our students suffer the consequences.
In the years following World War II,
Gov. Jerry Brown announced in January that his budget for next year is tied to his
CSEA established itself as an
ballot measure to raise more revenue for the state budget. Soon after, two other
important part of the education
ballot measures were announced by independent groups.
community. In just 10 years, Last week, CSEA worked with the governor and others to reach a compromise with
membership shot up from 1,400 backers of one of the alternatives, and CSEA’s Board of Directors has endorsed this
members to nearly 10,000. Having compromise ballot measure.
found strength in numbers, CSEA
Now we have just a short window of time to collect enough petition signatures to
demanded that basic rights and
qualify the initiative for the November ballot. Volunteering just a bit of your time
benefits, which had been enjoyed by
right now could prevent further layoffs down the road. Contact your Field Office to
teachers for years, should finally be volunteer today!
extended to classified employees.
The Protect Schools and Public Safety Initiative would raise up to $9 billion to help
fund schools and colleges by temporarily increasing the state sales tax by a quarter-
CSEA Chapter 736 percent and the income tax rate on high-income filers. The sales tax increase would
last four years and the income tax increases would last seven years.
If voters approve the governor’s initiative, public education will get at least $2.5
billion in new funding, and the rest of the new revenues would help to close the
General Questions / Referrals expected budget gap in 2012-13.
Site Representative: The other revenue measure trying to qualify for the November ballot is sponsored by
Melissa Sanders wealthy L.A. lawyer Molly Munger and the state PTA. While it has laudable goals, it
firstname.lastname@example.org has some key shortcomings.
Job-Related Problems / Grievances Budget experts generally agree that it could result in even more pressure to suspend
the state’s Proposition 98 minimum school funding guarantee. It also does not bring
in any additional education funding for the budget year, and it could result in
Tammy Long triggering $4 billion in cuts if the governor’s initiative does not also pass.
Further complicating the budget picture, the Munger initiative doesn’t substantively
Labor Relations Rep.: provide revenue to the non-education side of the budget, so programs for the needy,
disabled, seniors and low-income families will be slashed. At the same time, it
increases taxes on almost all income earners, while the governor’s initiative focuses
income tax increases on the super rich.
Dues / Membershp Questions
CSEA and classified employees care about the “whole child” and the families of our
Chapter Treasurer students. That is why we are strongly supporting Gov. Brown’s compromise
Sandy Brugger initiative, which will fund education and other important programs and solve the
email@example.com California budget crisis.
News Items “We can’t afford to take the risk that voters could reject new revenues in
November,” said Association President Allan Clark. “The governor’s ballot measure
Public Relations Officer has the broadest support and the best chance at passing in November. It provides
JoAnn Rizzo more money for education and begins to reduce the state’s budget deficit.”
Clark says without the new revenues generated by the governor’s education funding
Pre-Retirement Resource initiative, the state’s budget shortfalls are expected to continue over the next five
years. The state’s Department of Finance has estimated a budget shortfall of $9.2
Chapter billion in 2012-13, and annual budget deficits of about $5 billion thereafter.
Pre-Retirement Resource Person
Ellie Watson “If we continue to face state budget cuts every year, we are certainly going to see
firstname.lastname@example.org more classified layoffs,” Clark said. “That’s why we have to make sure we get
enough signatures to get this initiative on the November ballot.”
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EREST What are Members Benefits? FR
What are Member Benefits? Retirement Assistance and Education
Member Benefits provides economic advantage to Know your CalPERS rights. For expert assistance, call
CSEA members above and beyond the benefits Nadine Franklin at 800-632-2128, ext. 1205.
fought for through collective bargaining process at And so much more!
the local and state levels. You get your dues Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Plans (for assistance,
money back in form of savings on things you and cal Deb Jachens at 800-632-2128, ext. 1309), Legal
your family need! Referral, Auto Insurance and many more discounts and
Obtain Discounts on: Amusements and attractions services through Union Plus and Union Safe made
from Disneyland to Blue and Gold Fleet at Pier 39 possible through our affiliation with AFL-CIO.
to Legoland. Hotels nationwide, Amtrak,
Honeybaked Ham, Panera, See’s Candies, Movie Easy to use
Tickets, Rental Cars, Bob’s flowers…Water Parks, Go to http://www.csea.com/benefits or call us directly
Oregon Shakespeare Festival…Dell computers, at 1-866-487-2732
AT&T Wireless, Spas & Salons, Health Clubs,
Discount Golf, Pet services including discounts on
veterinarian services and pet insurance…Wow!
Obtain Financial Assistance for you and your
family: Education Grants and Scholarships for your
child, spouse and yourself! Chase Bank mortgages,
Credit Cards with exclusive benefits, Credit
Unions, Credit counseling, and more.
Use your CSEA Membership Card
Every CSEA member is issued a CSEA Membership Card.
Present this card to participating vendors and receive a
CSEA Scholarship Services
discount of up to 15 percent off the standard price.
CSEA's Scholarship Program provides
CSEA members and their families
with a wide range of educational If you have lost your card and need a replacement, call
assistance. Applications are due (800) 632-2128, ext. 1253.
Union Plus Mortgage
It pays to have a Union
Plus mortgage from Chase. Active
and retired union members, their
parents and children can access From your
these exclusive benefits...More Site Representative
Free gas card
Get a $100 gas card with purchase of I would like to introduce you to our Site Representative, Melissa
a new auto insurance policy from Sanders. Melissa acts as the primary contact for employees and is the
UIP...More two-way communication link between the union and the member.
She will refer any employee’s with problems to the correct person for
Provident Credit Union further action.
When you open a Provident Checking
account, Provident will give you $50 If you have any questions or need information regarding member
and donate another $50 to your
benefits, union dues, membership or have a concern, please contact
Melissa at email@example.com .
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Please send your ideas,
articles, opinions, questions
and comments to:
JoAnn Rizzo, CPRO
Butte County Office of Education
Mark your Calendar!
1859 Bird Street
736 Chapter Meeting
Oroville, CA 95965 April 11, 2012
(530) 530-5668 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
CSEA Chapter 736
PO BOX 2601
Oroville, CA 95965
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