Membership Engagement Committee

 

September 2016

Meeting on September 9th @ the Barn to discuss planning and setup for party

April 2016

SCOTUS decision is a victory for students, educators and working families.

 This morning the U.S. Supreme Court sent a victory to our students, our communities and working families everywhere. With a 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. CTA the lower court ruling is affirmed and 40 years of common sense law stands. The decision allows educators across California the opportunity to come together and make our voices heard on issues that affect all of us such as providing quality public schools and colleges for all students.

 This case was never about doing what’s best for students, it was a political ploy by the wealthy corporate special interests backing this case to make it harder for working families and the middle class to come together, speak up and get ahead. CTA will continue to advocate for the public education all California students deserve, fight for social justice, and secure better learning and working conditions for students and educators.

 

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As some of the same wealthy special interests who manufactured this case are also trying to prevent President Obama from filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court, it’s time for all lawmakers to uphold their constitutional responsibilities and keep moving the nomination process through Congress. The time to act is now. Reach out and email your Senator today.

 

Membership Engagement Committee met on Friday afternoon.

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Friedrichs v. CTA

BACKGROUND

In 1977, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education that teachers, firefighters and other public service workers had the right to join together to form a union that would be their exclusive representative for the purposes of bargaining wages, benefits and working conditions just like workers in the private sector.

SCOTUS also ruled that workers who receive these benefits could contribute a “fair share” fee to pay for them, even if they opted not to join the union.  It’s a little like splitting the check at a dinner with friends.  If everyone eats, everyone should chip in- even if one person didn’t agree on the choice of restaurant.

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association was filed on April 30, 2013, in federal court in Santa Ana and seeks to overturn the 1977 Supreme Court decision.  The Supreme Court of the United States is expected to reach a decision by June 30, 2016.

So what is Fair Share, exactly?

THE CASE FOR FAIR SHARE

  • Fair Share is a common-sense way to ensure fairness and protect equity, individual rights, and the pocketbooks of educators.
  • Every educator who enjoys the benefit and protections of a negotiated contract should, in fairness, contribute to maintaining the contract.
  • Fair Share fees are not used for political or ideological activities. NEA and CTA conduct a thorough analysis of their finances each year, with review by an independent auditor, to ensure that the amount charged to fee payers does not include any political or ideological activities.
  • Fair Share does not force individuals to join CTA. In fact, Fair Share protects the individual rights of educators to choose whether to join the Association.
  • Fair Share simply makes sure that all educators share the cost of negotiations for benefits that all educators enjoy, regardless of whether they are Association members.
  • Under Fair Share, all members enjoy the benefits, rights, and protections of the bargained contract, but the similarities end there. The importance and power of CTA membership cannot be overstated.

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND PRVILEGES

  • A voice in running our Association. As members, we have the right to participate in the decision-making process of our local, state, and national Associations. We decide the issues our Association will champion, such as improving working conditions in our schools and the quality of education for our students.
  • Strength in numbers. The more members in our Association, the stronger our voice in advocating for our families and our students.
  • Added protection and expertise. The right to representation by experts and union attorneys in matters unrelated to the contract is a benefit only provided to association members.
  • Impact on public policy. Through our Association membership, we are guaranteed a strong and credible voice in legislative and public policy discussions to help advance legislation and policies that benefit our students, public schools, and school employees.
  • Access to professional development. Through our Association, we can participate in unique conferences and professional development offerings.
  • Financial savings. Association members can enjoy substantial savings by taking advantage of discounted rates provided by CTA and NEA Member Benefits. For example, discounted car and homeowners insurance, appliances, and car rentals are available to members.

CTA  ~  OUR MISSION

The California Teachers Association exists to protect and promote the well-being of its members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education; to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected; and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.

The Membership Engagement Committee exists to establish communication between the executive board, representative council, and the general membership.  The MEC has the ability to create new opportunities for community service, member interaction, and professional development.  This committee also reaches out to non-members, in an effort to make membership in the SLCTA vital to everyone in our district.  

This committee is looking for creative people who will plan events and create new opportunities for member involvement.  We are also looking for people who can help build a sense of community in our union through regular newsletters and website updates.  

MEC Meeting: 2/5/16

The first meeting will be held at Laguna Grill on Friday, February 5th at 4 p.m.  We are hoping to get at least one member from each site to join.  A $30 stipend will be paid to each member that attends each meeting. 

Please RSVP to the union office.