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					California School Employees Association Merit System Standing Committee Holiday Inn – San Jose February 29 – March 1, 2008
Unapproved Minutes Call to Order: Carol Jones, Chairperson called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Roll Call: Carol Jones, Chairperson, Claire Cyr, Tony Medina, Dawn McCarron, Eunice Grigsby, Barbara Sandoval and Starlene Porter, our Staff Coordinator, were all present. Ken Holt has resigned. Kim Asboth has been re-appointed to the committee but had a prior commitment with the Dorothy Bjork Disaster Relief Fund Raiser and was excused. Minutes: Tony Medina made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 30 – December 1, 2007 as corrected. Eunice Grigsby seconded and the motion carried. The correction was in the spelling of Dawn McCarron’s name. Note: Agenda Items were taken out of order due to room restraints, but are printed in agenda order. Unfinished Business: Merit System Academy – Barbara Sandoval gave an overview of her attendance at the academy. . She felt that it was helpful that she attended with her personnel director and stated that it was a good time for them to attend together. She felt CSEA did a lot of the similar training, but better. They had two different presenters, and it was held over the course of 5 Saturdays in Ventura, California from 8 to 5 pm. So it made for long days with her drive from Lompoc. She felt it was quite a commitment but it was well worth it. She received a good deal of good information that could also guide her to other places to locate data and other information she may need. Barbara also stated that this training validates CSEA’s Merit System Training and recommends that everyone who has the opportunity to attend should go. CSPCA Conference: Dawn McCarron attended the conference in Millbrae on February 22, 23, and 24th . Her District paid for her to attend. She stated that she enjoyed the breakout sessions and attended the ones on, “How Districts Can Avoid Lawsuits.” and “Dealing with Reasonable Accommodations for Employee Leaves”. Dawn stated that she felt good for herself and her chapter, because some of the “hot” topics discusses were things her chapter had already dealt with in the past. She also stated that Jack Hayes had received the Schyler Award and Cy Young, a former Personnel Commissioner with her chapter had received the Life Membership.

Economic Summit: Eunice Grigsby attended the Economic Summit with the Southwest Interfaith Educational Foundation in Houston, Texas on November 30 – December 1, 2007 representing her children’s school and as a community member. At the summit the topic was focused on how the middle class is deteriorating. Eunice stated, “It captured her.” We as working class are the middle class, not the rich, and we have to work to cover expenses, and we need to go back to our community and educate people on how to help each other. Eunice stated that it will take the whole village plus to education everyone to make a difference. A very lengthy discussion was held based on the Houston conference that Eunice attended. Leadership – Organizing AFL-CIO: Eunice attended this Political Action Training on October 5 – 6, 2007 in Portland, Oregon. Basics were to learn how to “Educate, Agitate, and Organize”. Eunice’s feelings were that CSEA is so far ahead of AFL-CIO in our trainings and organizational skills. Their focus is on how to begin and start unions, etc. When it comes to trainings, CSEA is the Best. She felt that CSEA leads the charge, and stated that when CSEA gets involved, we get it done! Eunice stated that when one-on-one contacts are made, it does make a difference. Legislative Conference: Star Porter reported that there is a plan in place to work on the education budget. SCPCA: SCPCA Conference will be held in Orange County on April 25-26th, 2008 at the Hilton Hotel. Carol will be attending as Chair of the Los Alamitos USD< Personnel Commission. NEW BUSINESS Conference Booth: The Theme of this year’s conference is: “Building Strong Benefits for CSEA Members”. Carol asked each of us to give her our immediate thoughts on decorations for the booth. The booth set up will be on Sunday, August 3 from noon TO 3:00.. The area will be open to delegates from 3 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday and on Monday until the start of Opening Ceremonies at 3:00 p.m. After discussion it was determined that we will have a booth again this year. The committee shared ideas for decorations and for the theme. Expenses: Carol reminded the members to put down all mileage when you travel to RPM’s and other events and to expense the cost of stamps if you mail items. All monies spent on committee business should be placed on the expense report. Ed Code: The committee reviewed and discussed Education Code 45113, which deals with discipline being limited to information up to two years only. After much discussion, Dawn McCarron made a motion that we not attempt to change Ed. Code 45113 and encourage chapters to enter the language into their contracts during negotiations. Tony Medina seconded and the motion carried.

Rules and Regulations: At every meeting of the personnel commission the chapter leadership should seek to have a rule or regulation reviewed or at least reviewed to make sure that it is still functioning the way it should or to see if it needs to be revised. Tony stated that his Rules and Regulations were revised in 1984 and is on going, Eunice 2003, Dawn ongoing at each meeting, Barbara April 2001, Claire 2005 and is a work in progress. In reviewing the R & R’s of our own chapters we have found that some R & R’s have not been reviewed since 1984 to the current date and most are a work in progress. We need to be at the forefront of getting our members to have their own R & R’s reviewed constantly on an ongoing basis. The Torrance Rules and Regulations are used by the CSPCA as a guideline for consistency in numbering of Personnel Commission Rules and Regulations. Presentation: Starlene gave her merit system training presentation to the committee. Slides were tweaked and relocated in the presentation. A discussion was held on several slides, suggestions were made, and Star will adjust those slides then send us new copies of the presentation. Committee Reports: Barbara attended a reclassification advisory board meeting, a focus group, the final merit system academy meeting, the monthly meeting with her personnel director, and the merit system February meeting; Claire attended this meeting and has sent out the letters of introduction to the field offices; Tony has sent his letters of introduction to the field offices and attended this meeting; Dawn attended Region 73 RPM, and her personnel commission meeting, She was on a panel for Sacramento County Classified employee of the year; attended the Sacramento County Office Personnel Commission meeting; She attended the SCPCA Conference in Millbrae, and attended the funeral of the board liaison to her Personnel Commission. Eunice attended her Board meeting and the Feb/March meeting. Carol attended the Area H installation with the president of her Chapter and attended the State Board Meeting in San Diego on the 16th of February and gave a presentation to the Board. Good of the Order: Special thanks to the R & N group for sharing their lunch with us. The next meeting will be the telephone conference meeting on Thursday, April 10th. 2008 There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m. Submitted by:

Claire Cyr

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