Back to Work, Back to CSEA
by Narbeh Nazari
A new school year has started, and we’re all busy getting schools up and running with students settled in and ready to learn. There’s a lot of activity going on, but don’t forget to reacquaint yourself with CSEA and all the rights and benefits you have as a union member. Here is a short list of things to remember as we continue into the new year:
Know your Contract!
Be sure to have a copy of your contract or access to it online. All your rights and benefits negotiated by CSEA are outlined in this collective bargaining agreement, also known as your contract. If you have questions about the contract, ask a member of the negotiations team, one of your executive officers, or ask me. Please click on the link below to access our current contract.
Meet your Site Reps and Stewards
Many chapters have Site Reps, who are CSEA volunteers who can help answer any questions you have about your CSEA rights and benefits. If they don’t have the answer, they can refer you to the appropriate chapter officers or union staff. Our site representative for Garfield campus is Silva Gharabetian.
Attend a Chapter Meeting
CSEA is a member-run union, and the easiest way to participate in our democracy is to attend a chapter meeting. Out chapter meetings are scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month. Not only are these meetings open to all members, but all members are encouraged to attend. This is also a good place to get to know your chapter executive board and get up to date information about what goes on our campus.
Chapter meeting dates and events and other information is available on the GCC CSEA Chapter 76 webpage: https://www.glendale.edu/csea
Attend a CSEA training
From Know Your Rights workshops to Pre-Retirement Seminars and everything in between, CSEA offers a wide range of training opportunities to members. Grow your career and make the most of your current skills with CSEA’s M&O Academy, Paraeducator Conference, and Training U professional development program.
Save some money
CSEA’s Member Benefits program offers dozens of great money-saving discounts. Get reduced-rate mortgages and other financial services, plus choose from many member-only insurance programs. Don’t forget to take advantage of all discount tickets to theme parks, movie theaters and other family fun.
We rely on members like you to step forward and contribute new ideas and new energy. There are many ways you can get involved with CSEA such as volunteering for our governance committees. When you’re at a chapter meeting, ask me or any of the executive officers to find out what kind of help is needed.
Reference: Back to Work, Back to CSEA (2019)
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