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Classified Conference focuses on organizing

About 100 members of CFT’s Council of Classified Employees recently met in Anaheim for three days of training and networking.

The buzz in hallways and workshops was about Gov. Jerry Brown signing AB 670 less than a week earlier. The new law makes part-time playground supervisors part of the classified service.

“This is our opportunity to organize ‘noon dutys,’” said Carl Williams, the CCE vice president for Southern California and leader of the Lawndale Federation of Classified Employees.

Williams expects principals to try firing noon dutys they don’t like before the bill goes into effect on New Year’s Day. “We have to watch out for their well-being.”

Williams moderated a panel discussion with three classified leaders who have built their locals by organizing, reaching out, and building relationships.

During the five years Thomas Hamilton has led AFT Local 6108, the Long Beach Council of Classified Employees has aggressively developed personal relationships with members of its personnel commission and school board.

“We believe the old saying that if you aren’t at the table, you’re probably on the menu. We sit at every table possible,” Hamilton said. Sharing our views over coffee or lunch with district leaders is more effective than two minutes at a microphone in a meeting, he said.

Anabel Ibañez is the new political director of AFT Local 61, United Educators of San Francisco. Ibañez is the first classified UESF member to hold the position. Community organizing is a key component of the local’s political work, she said.

“We recognize the richness and power of coalitions,” Ibañez said, “That explains how we elected our full school board slate last November. Our families trust us, and that trust extends to the community.”

Menifee Council of Classified Employees President Albert Lopez said working as a delivery driver gave him the opportunity to meet non-members across the Riverside County school district. Membership in AFT Local 6109 doubled last year.

“A lot of people don't understand what we do,” Lopez said. “Getting out and talking really helps.”

The keynote speaker, state Sen. Josh Newman, was elected last year in an ultra-close Orange County race. His 0.6 percent margin of victory gave Democrats a two-thirds majority in the upper house, and Republicans are trying to recall Newman, ostensibly because he recently voted to increase the state gasoline tax.

“I’m happy to stand with unions in the fight against the charter school industry,” Newman said. “It’s the right side.”

— By Steve Weingarten, CFT Reporter

Celebrate our week! May 21-27 is Classified School Employee Week

2017 ClassifiedWeek FacebookThe work of classified employees is easily overlooked, but your behind-the-scenes work matters every day to the success of our schools and colleges. Join us in celebrating Classified School Employees Week on May 21-27 in 2017 — it’s our week to celebrate us.

The Council of Classified Employees has created tools you can use. Use the poster and graphics in your workplace and on social media. Let’s get out the word — classified employees and paraprofessionals are helping California students succeed every day!

Download and print this poster! Show classified pride in your worksite!

Download this Facebook profile picture and use it on your page during Classified Week.

Download this Facebook graphic for posting on your facebook page and local union page. Ask your friends and followers to share.

#CFTclassified17: Use this hashtag on your facebook and twitter posts.

Request for proposals released

Updated October 11, 2016

California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program

The annual budget passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor includes an appropriation of $20 million over five years to fund a CFT co-sponsored piece of legislation known as the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program. The appropriation will provide competitive grants to school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to provide incentives of up to $4,000 per year to TK-12 classified public school employees, and early childhood educators teaching with a permit in a public school setting, to obtain their bachelor’s degree and their teaching credential. The legislation both addresses the current teacher shortage in our TK-12 public schools by increasing the number of applicants to teacher credentialing programs and provides a career ladder for classified school employees.

On Thursday, September 15, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing released the Request for Proposals for the California Classified School Employee Teacher Credentialing Program notifying school districts, county offices of education and charter schools that they can now apply for these competitive grants to fund programs that provide money for tuition, books and associated fees to interested classified school employees to complete their bachelor’s degree and obtain a single-subject, multiple subject or educational specialist teaching credential.

The CFT encourages members who are interested in participating in this program to contact their district office, county office of education or charter school immediately to urge them to apply for this grant program. Final applications are submitted to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Final application:Friday, November 4, 2016 by 5 pm

The CFT encourages classified employee members to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. If you have questions about the legislation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Legislative Director, California Federation of Teachers.

Read our full story here:Right for the job: When classified and paras become teachers

Let the public know! It’s Classified School Employee Week — May 15-21, 2016

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Download and print this poster! Post it at your worksite. Claim classified week!

Download this Facebook graphic and post it on your personal page (include the hashtag #high5classified), starting Sunday, May 15. Local unions, post it on your union's Facebook page, encourage your followers to share.

#high5classified: Use this hashtag on your facebook posts and twitter posts if you tweet.

The work of classified employees is easily overlooked, but your behind-the-scenes work matters every day to the success of our schools and colleges. Classified School Employees Week is May 15-21 in 2016 — and it’s our week to celebrate and publicize our work.

Under the theme #high5classified, the Council of Classified Employees has created tools to help you get the word out. You can download these materials at the top of this page. Use them in your workplace and on social media. Let’s get out the word — classified employees and paraprofessionals are helping California students succeed every day!

Celebrate classified school workers and their work during Classified School Employee Week, 2015

May 17-23 is Classified School Employee Week in California.

CFT ClassifiedManyHats facebookClassified school employees keep California’s schools and colleges working. They are the unsung heroes of public education, and this week we sing of them.

The big yellow school buses run on time and run safely because of classified employees who know their students and know their neighborhoods. School secretaries push the essential information of an education system to the right places in the district and out to the parents and the surrounding communities. Custodians make sure the classrooms and campuses stay clean and inviting, and food service workers provide the nutrients for brains to absorb data and learn. Paraprofessionals provide crucial help in the classroom for teachers working with the largest student-teacher ratios in the country.

On our college campuses classified employees help college students of all ages obtain financial aid so they can stay in college. Computer specialists support students with systems of increasing complexity. Campus security personnel keep students, faculty and administrators safe.

Maintenance workers repair the buildings and run the physical plant.

You can’t see a lot of this work happening, but without it occurring behind the scenes there would be no public education.

For this week we celebrate the contributions of classified public education employees, but the work of classified workers makes a difference every day.

Download this Facebook graphic and post it on your personal page and your union's page.

Download and print this poster! Post it at your worksite. Claim classified week!

New Know Your Rights booklet available online!

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The Council of Classified Employees has produced a valuable new booklet. Know Your Rights: A guide to workplace laws for classified employees and paraprofessionals in California is a comprehensive analysis of the California Education Code as it relates to support staff. The booklet includes topics such as:

- hours of employment
- vacation and leaves (sick, bereavement, family, personal etc.)
- collective bargaining rights
- refusal to perform unsafe work
- layoff and reemployment
- unemployment compensation insurance

The booklet also covers the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and contains the Weingarten Rights.

Download the booklet from the Resources page of the classified section, where it will be permanently posted. Store this valuable resource on your phone for quick access. If you want to print the booklet, here's a tip: It's best printed two-sided. Black-and-white printing is fine.

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