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Education Industry Council meeting and Winter Celebration
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Place: 2300 Boynton Ave., Fairfield, CA
10:00 – 10:15 Introductions
10:15 – 10:20 Review of Agenda
10:20 – 10:30 Approval of minutes
10:30-12:00 Review Legislative updates (Nely and Karla)
12:00-2:00 Lunch and Winter Celebration
Please RSVP to: Please RSVP to the MRC @ 1-877-687-1021 or
RSVP using the Schools Industry Meeting page by Noon on the Monday before the meeting so we have materials and food for all.
MEMBER REQUEST: Due to some of our members having allergies to perfumes, scented soaps, etc. we ask that you please refrain from wearing perfumes to the meetings. It has also been requested that the only animals allowed at meetings be service animals due to animal dander allergies.
The Education Industry Council was formed in 1997 before 10 Locals merged to form SEIU Local 1021. The Education Council represents all SEIU 1021 members that work in PreK-12 schools, County Offices of Education and Community Colleges.
The Education Council’s purpose is to increase member participation and develop strategies and campaigns to make members and the public aware of common issues that affect all Education workers. The Education Council is also responsible to monitor the California State Budget and to educate members, the public and legislatures the needs of increased funding for Education.
Since the merger, the Education Council has focused on ensuring member voices and opinions concerning 1021 policies and contract campaigns are heard and taken into consideration by the 1021 Executive Board, SEIU State Council, and SEIU International.
The Education Council is also the place where we can come together on model contract language and share ideas and information as we prepare to bargain our contracts. Not only can we share information, but our Education Council staff is available to provide training on everything from basic union stewardship to how to bargain a contract.
The Education Council will work with Schools Industry delegates, members and SEIU 1021 staff to develop strategies to fight all attacks on educational funding, public employee pensions and other benefits.
The Education Council will focus on the implementation of the two year plan that was approved at the SEIU Local 1021 Convention in February 2012. We will organize ourselves to win public support for good union jobs and services, fix our broken economy and grow stronger. Prop 30 and 32 are two victories worth celebrating, and all the sweeter because our members played such a strong role in making them happen.
We must begin our work in earnest if we are to gain the slightest lead over management as they continue to find ways to overwork and underpay our members; all this while we ask more of them in the form of advocacy at worksites, involvement in committees and projects, and supporting local and state ballot measures.
We are asking every Chapter to participate in our Education Council. All members are welcome to attend the meeting. The Education Industry delegates are committed to provide you with all the tools necessary to prepare you for tough fights.
The Education Council generally meets Quarterly on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – The locations may vary between Fairfield, Sacramento and Oakland. Check out our website at www.SEIU1021.org and click on “calendar” for confirmation or call the MRC at 1-877-687-1021.
For more information about the next Education Council meeting, please email your Field Representative or call our Member Resource Center at 1-877-687-1021. The Education Council looks forward to seeing you at one of our meetings. Lunch is provided, so please RSVP by using the events calendar at www.seiu1021.org or 1-877-687-1021 if you are planning to attend!
Karla Faucett, Chair (Karla.Faucett@SEIU1021.ORG)
Education Council represents members from the following School Districts (PreK-12, Colleges and County of Ed): Sacramento City Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, San Lorenzo Unified School District, Hayward Unified School District, Fremont Unified School District, Albany Unified School District, Acalanes Union High School District, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Vacaville Unified School District, Geyserville Unified School District, Cotati Rohnert-Park District, Dixon Unified School District, SF Community College District, Peralta College District, Chabot/Las Positas College District, Santa Rosa Junior College District, Los Rios College District, Ohlone College District, College of Marin, Mendocino College District, Napa Valley College District, Sonoma County of Education, Napa County of Education.
EDUCATION COUNCIL STAFF:
Nely Obligacion, Nely.Obligacion@SEIU1021.ORG
Regional Field Director, Education Industry Council,
Kaden Kratzer, Kaden.Kratzer@SEIU1021.ORG
Ronda Goldsby, Ronda.Goldsby@SEIU1021.ORG
Angela Thomas, Angela.Thomas@SEIU1021.ORG
Greg Cross, Greg.Cross@seiu1021.org
Daz Lamparas, Daz.Lamparas@SEIU1021.ORG
Maria Peluso, Maria.Peluso@SEIU1021.ORG
Ian Arnold, Ian.Arnold@SEIU1021.ORG
John Shaban, John.Shaban@SEIU1021.ORG
Nathan Hansford, Nathan.Hansford@SEIU1021.ORG
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For the latest updates, go to: www.1021convention.org
The convention will be a transformative event, where members will gain greater clarity, energy, motivation and direction to step more fully into their power, with grace, vision, courage and knowledge. This is an opportunity for chapter building, engaging and developing potential leaders, hence making it a priority for staff and elected officers.
Q: What are the qualifications to be a delegate?
A: To be eligible, a member would have to had paid dues for any 4 months in 2014 as well as either January or February, 2015.
Q: Can fee payers participate in the nomination and/or delegate election process?
A: Yes, once they sign a membership form, then they can nominate and vote.
Q: How many delegates can each Chapter elect?
A: Every Chapter gets 2 delegates automatically. After 300 members, each chapter will have 2 additional delegates. For every additional 150 members, a chapter will have 2 additional delegates.
Q: What is the period of time for completing elections?
A: April 20-July 20, 2015
Q: What is an “uncontested ballot”? (Previously referred to as “white ballot”)
A: When there are more or an equal number of delegate slots as candidates, that is referred to as a uncontested ballot and the chapter does not need to hold a full election.
Q: How are alternate delegates selected?
A: In case a delegate can’t participate due to scheduling, illness, etc. Chapters should select alternates even if the delegate election for that Chapter is uncontested or the Chapter does not elect the full number of delegates which it is entitled to.
Here are the rules for selecting alternates: All Chapters are encouraged to select at least two (2) alternates. Alternates need to be ranked by votes received (e.g. the highest vote total becomes Alternate #1, second highest voted becomes Alternate #2, etc.)
In Chapters with “uncontested ballots” (where there are more or an equal number of delegate slots as there are candidates, thus making an election unnecessary), Chapters are still encouraged to select up to two (2) alternates and designate these as Alternate #1 & #2.
Convention Delegates, who become ineligible or unable to attend, shall notify the 1021 Convention Election Committee in writing no later than 8/20/15. An Alternate or Alternates will then be credentialed and seated. Delegates who notify the 1021 Convention Election Committee after 8/20/15 will not be replaced by an alternate.
Q: Which chapters may select honorary delegates? How will honorary delegates be selected?
A:Workers who have recently organized with Local 1021, but who have not ratified their first collective bargaining agreement may select honorary delegates. The process for selecting honorary delegates will be as follows: two (2) honorary delegates will be elected at upcoming membership meetings.
If you are a Delegate:
Q: How will delegates register for the convention?
A: Once the delegate certification form is turned in, the delegate will be sent a welcome letter by e-mail and mail which gives them directions on how to register. (That is why it is critical that their contact information is on certification form).
Q: Do we pay lost time for delegates attending the Convention?
A: Yes, follow the local’s lost time policy. Anyone working from 12:01am on Saturday through 11:59pm on Sunday will receive lost time.
For example: If a delegate works anytime on Saturday or Sunday they may request lost time. So for instance if a member has a shift that starts 11pm on Friday September 25th but goes to 7am Saturday the 26th they may request the time off for their Friday shift and they would receive lost time per the guidelines specified in the policy.
Q: What are the rules around Friday night hotel stays for delegates?
A: Delegateswho travel 75 miles or more (one way) are qualified for Friday night lodging. All Delegates are entitled to Saturday night lodging (there is no required miles to qualify).
Q: What are the rules around the hotel stay on Saturday evening?
A: All delegates are encouraged to stay at the hotel regardless of how close they live to the venue. The local will pay the cost for double occupancy. Depending on room availability, they may request a single room but would need to pay the additional costs.