The Reform Panel

Sometimes individual schools require changes to the Master Agreement or to Board Policy. On these occasions, they turn to the Reform Panel to make these changes called “variances.” This joint committee of administrators and CEA representatives, including the superintendent and CEA President Rhonda Johnson, meet each month to consider such requests.

Sometimes workplace variances are needed to accommodate the curriculum. At other times, some of us have ideas that we believe would improve instruction in our classroom or building. This process allows us to implement those ideas without violating or renegotiating our contract.

Here’s how it works: If you have an idea that isn’t provided by our Master Agreement or school board policy, fill out a variance form which asks you to explain the program’s expected outcomes and rationale for the change. Then present your idea to the Reform Panel. Your principal must sign the form, and two-thirds of your building peers must agree to the idea. Parent involvement in some matters (such as a school schedule or a uniform policy) also is essential.

For more information on the Reform Panel, consult Article 1503 of your contract.

 

Join the sick leave bank

One of the most valuable benefits of CEA membership is something you might need one day: our sick leave bank. Each year, some of us experience devastating illnesses and injuries that require long recovery periods; or, we simply have not accumulated enough sick leave if something were to happen. This is a especially true for beginning teachers.

Anyone who has joined the bank by donating two sick days and then exhausts his or her own share may take a loan from the bank of up to ten days. The days you borrow can be paid back as you accrue them. The two days that you deposit when you join will be returned to you when you retire or resign from the district.

Please sign up. If you have already joined the bank, you don’t need to rejoin. The deadline to join the Sick Leave Bank is Sept. 30. The donation form is available on the CCS Intranet under “Human Resources.”

 

 

 

 

 

Wait. Don’t comment

When your administrator pressures you to quickly provide a written or verbal statement about an incident that you witnessed or were involved in, stop, think and call CEA. Do not be insubordinate, but do let your administrator know that you have the right to representation before making any statements. A number of our members have needlessly incriminated themselves because of statements they provided to their administrators.

If you get called into a meeting with your principal or supervisor for an unspecified reason, it is your right under the law (NLRB v. Weingarten) to:

Ask the principal or supervisor to clarify the reason for the meeting. Don’t refuse to attend, but ask why.

Get representation. If the meeting becomes disciplinary in nature, you are entitled to call CEA, even if your principal says you shouldn’t or can’t.

Set the meeting at a time when your representative can attend. The administrator is obligated to do so.

Take up to five school days to schedule the meeting to make sure your representative can be there.

You have the right to the representative of your choice, not your principal’s choice. You can be represented by your FR or by a staff member from the CEA office. Faculty representatives do not have to participate in hearings if they don’t feel comfortable doing this kind of work.

CEA suggests representation any time the purpose of the meeting is for one of the following situations:

• Any type of disciplinary action

• Investigation meeting

• Reprimand

• Infraction of a work rule or board policy

• Questions concerning request or use of sick or personal leave

• Allegations of abuse

• Parental, student or community complaint

For more information about professional behavior, read Article 404 of the Master Agreement.