CSEA Recap of the Year
by Saodat Aziskhanova
This is the final issue of Chaparral of the 2016-17 academic year and it is a time to revisit the year.
At the election conducted on November 8, 2016, the voters approved Measure GC, a $325,000,000 facilities bond for Glendale Community College.
Glendale Community College has been awarded Reaffirmation of Accreditation for a seven year period, the highest level of accreditation in January 2017.
Board of Trustees Election
It was a infoful Board of Trustees election in April; endorsed candidates by Guild and CSEA Dr. Armine Hacopian, Ann Ransford and Yvette Vartanian Davis were elected to the Board for a four-year term.
Classified Staff Retreat
During Spring Break classified employees had a two-day retreat filled with informational updates, workshops and training. The retreat was in a new venue, right here in Glendale, so around 70 classified employees were able to attend each day.
Classified Employees Week
The week of May 21st kicked off the Classified Employees week including an annual barbecue on Wednesday, May 24th. Thanks to administrators and managers for keeping a tradition of cooking and Dr. Viar for sponsoring the event. Because May 21-27 is Classified School Employees Week, I thought this would be a good time to share information about our classified employees. In fact, since the California School Employees Association was formed in 1927, our members have helped inform the public about the indispensable role classified employees play in public education. Gov. Ronald Reagan first proclaimed Classified School Employee Week in 1969, stating, “The classified employee is proud of his status and the integral part he plays in the total field of education throughout the State of California."
The Board of Trustees at their meeting on May 16th, adopted Resolution No. 34-2016-2017 recognizing the valuable services of classified employees and declaring May 21 – May 27, 2017 as Classified School Employees Week at Glendale Community College.
CSEA negotiations team is working on openers based on the survey of our members for the third year reopeners of 2015-18 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
On May 1st, we started Classification and Compensation Study. The goal of this study is to clean up our job descriptions so they provide accurate, detailed descriptions of the work being done as well as clear distinctions between classifications.
I would like to take this opportunity and thank the outgoing Guild President, Zohara Kaye and Academic Senate President Andrew Young for collegiate and collaborative relationship during their presidencies.
And the last, not the least, congratulations to Roger Bowerman, the incoming leader of the Guild and Piper Rooney, the newly elected Academic Senate President.
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