TRUE Member Update – December 15, 2017
- TRUE sent an email to TRUSD on Nov. 20th and again on Dec. 6th regarding Wednesday, December 20th. Is this a shortened day or a minimum day? On Dec. 6th H.R. Assistant Superintendent Gina Carreon responded: “Information will be coming out regarding this.”
- TRUSD sent a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the TRUE Executive Board regarding an early notification of retirement incentive. The Executive Board, after much discussion, did not sign it.
It is the duty of the Executive Board to implement policies, make recommendations on policy and procedural matters, establish priorities for and direct bargaining. The request to sign an MOU to offer a retirement incentive for early notification did not come to the TRUE Board with much time attached.
We felt that once again TRUSD was trying to use an MOU to conduct business, rather than go through the correct process of bringing the issue to the negotiations table. The Executive Board discussed this at length. The rush to sign was disturbing, and we felt that signing a notice of return or retirement in December was premature.
The Association’s duty is to represent all members in the most favorable way. We did not make this decision in a capricious manner; this was a difficult discussion and decision. We truly felt that signing this MOU would hamper negotiations and might have negative repercussions for our members.
- The Negotiations team has been meeting with TRUE members to gather specific language and concerns with our current bargained agreement (contract). Thank you to everyone who has taken time to share your ideas. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 we will begin negotiations at the table with TRUSD.
- TRUE members, along with CSEA and TRUSD administrators, have been meeting bi-weekly on safety issues. We are trying to establish some district-wide recommendations and policies to address this need and build a more cohesive community within the district.
- TRUE has been working to assist ECE teachers who are being assigned to work on campus alone during the school breaks. Teachers are being asked to unlock the school, turn off the alarms, and gather food from the cafeteria for their students, and if the teacher needs to use the restroom – they have been told to take the students with them and keep the door cracked so they can listen for any problems. This clearly is not acceptable!
- We also continue to represent our members for grievances, parent complaints, discipline matters, and the right to suspend students from your room and not have them assigned to your colleague’s room.
Please remember: your working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. We both deserve the very best.
Have a great holiday and well-deserved break.