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.

Classified Conference showcases history of effective representation

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The annual conference hosted by the CFT Council of Classified Employees featured exciting plenary speakers, elected officials, a big fun Mardi Gras-themed party, and workshops for nearly every interest. The event was held October 18-20 at Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa.

Participants celebrated 31 years of classified representation through unionism, honoring council leaders, past and present, and highlighting the key role that classified employees perform every day in California’s schools and colleges.

See photos on the CFT Facebook page to get a sense of the learning and fun that transpired at the 2013 Classified Conference.


PACCD and ISSU-CFT reach tentative agreement

Classified staff employees ratify unanimously

On Thursday, July 20, the members of the Instructional Support Services Unit-California Federation of Teachers, Local 6525, (ISSU-CFT) met to review and vote on a tentative agreement recommended by union president Julio Huerta and the executive board of ISSU-CFT.

The Tentative Agreement completed negotiations between the District and ISSU-CFT on the reopener of the current collective bargaining agreement. ISSU-CFT includes most of the nearly 225 professional and office staff at PCC. The main element of the Tentative Agreement is a salary increase totaling 4.79% over two years: 2% retroactive for 2012-2013; 2% for 2013-2014 plus 0.79% or half of the COLA that is included in next year’s State budget.


Celebrate the role of classified staff during Classified School Employee Week!

classified-week-web-graphicClassified staff keep California schools and colleges working. From making sure the buses are on time and running safely to helping college students obtain financial aid so they can stay in college, the work of classified members makes a difference every day.

Classified work in dozens of job roles ranging from clerical, maintenance and operations, food service, and computer services to classroom aides. Each classified worker helps the workplace run a little better and contributes to the quality of education for our students.

May 19-25 is Classified School Employee Week in California. Help get the word out. It's our week - let's celebrate it!

Download this "Thank a classified employee" poster and urge your colleagues, classified and faculty, to post it in their workplaces.
Download this Facebook graphic and post it on your personal page and your union's page.

Mark your calendars for CCE Conference 2013

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The 2013 CCE Conference will be held October 18-20 at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa. It’s a three-day jam-packed conference with lots of professional learning opportunities and fun themed social events. Make plans to attend now! You won’t regret it.

October 18-20, 2012
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 540-7000

Negotiating new Diastat law

The passage of SB 161 last year allows administration of a prescription dose of valium by a non-medical K-12 school employee volunteer to students with seizure disorders. CFT opposed this legislation because we believed it placed school employees in the position of performing tasks better performed by medical professionals. Nonetheless, it is now law.

Local leaders should have received important information to help guide affected locals in the implementation of the recently passed Diastat legislation. Contact your local leaders or field representative for more information.

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Local leaders should have received important information to help guide affected locals in the implementation of the recently passed Diastat legislation. For more information or documentation, contact your local leaders or field representative.

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