President Cappellano’s Message
As a member of San Luis Coastal Teachers Association (SLCTA), you have the support of 400 members behind you. The 10 member executive board and representatives from your site (site reps) meet monthly to address issues, problem solve, plan events, and put on informational workshops for you. In the spring, your association negotiated a new 3 year contract that strongly supports you and all of our certificated staff. This 2019 contract includes a salary schedule increase of 2% this year, with an added 2% next year*, and another added 2% the following year*. Additionally we added new part time step advancement language, 5 “no tell” days, fewer secondary extra duty hours (10), prep time added to elementary late start Mondays, prep time language that included all classroom teachers (PE, music, special education), 8 release days for special education teachers, SLCTA presidential notification if class size exceeds contract language, new “years of service” language, and strong health insurance benefits that do not include a “CAP” on the district’s contributions, to name a few.
As your president I think a lot about what our association has to offer. This may best be described by levels of support. To begin with we support you at your site, first and foremost. This ranges from our site rep getting to know you, checking in with you, having the contract available to you if you have questions, and having short 5-10 min. monthly meetings, usually after the site staff meetings. As a local association we continue to support members by meeting with members who have specific contract or site issues, by offering workshops (teaching workshops, financial planning, and retirement workshops), and by connecting with you to build a strong, supportive union(through membership engagement activities and a great scholarship program for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in education). At the state level, we are a part of California Teachers Association (CTA). CTA offers excellent conferences to support your teaching and the education of our students. Through CTA we also have access to strong insurance packages through California Casualty Insurance, excellent legal counsel that knows education and labor laws to support us and our students, and an avenue to support leaders and laws that support public education and students. Additionally we are part of the National Education Association (NEA), which takes that similar support to the national level.
Site Representatives – Shall be elected by and from the Active membership for each faculty group
Each faculty site, or site unit shall have at least one representative for each fifteen Active members on staff, or major fraction thereof
Executive Board – Shall be composed of the elected officers, with duties to coordinate activities of the Association
Recommend a budget for the Association to Rep. Council
Direct bargaining activities subject to policies established by Rep. Council
Direct grievance activities and adopted procedures
Exercise all business and organizational powers for the Association as prescribed in bylaws
Negotiations Team – Shall be appointed by the President with the concurrence of the Executive Board
Duties are to represent and to bargain for the bargaining unit members
Report activities to the Executive board as the board requires