CSEA FILES A LAWSUIT AGAINST ITS OWN EMPLOYEE
Management’s discipline practices have gone too far. It’s over aggressive investigations, threats, and circumstantial allegations have already caused several headquarters employees to quit, and now, when an employee didn’t just quit under the pressure of CSEA management’s demands, CSEA filed a lawsuit against him in Superior Court for $100,000.00.
Management’s smoking gun? The employee spoke another language on the phone, and didn’t allow them to search his house, so he must have been asking someone to destroy a laptop CSEA can’t seem to find!
It is unbelievable that CSEA management can do this. There is no employee who could last long under this sort of onslaught. Any one of us could lose a house over just having to fight this kind of allegation, whether it is true or false.
CSEA only sued the employee after he proclaimed innocence of the charges and requested a hearing in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The frosting on the cake? CSEA paid to have the employee served at his own (AEU) union meeting where he was asking for help. The employee now must hire an attorney, costing $50,000.00, to fight the CSEA’s lawsuit against him.
When you ask CSEA management why they are doing this, they blamed the CSEA Board of Directors.
This is too much from any employer, let alone a union. It is because of this AEU has decided to start a GoFundMe page to help the employee raise funds for his necessary legal defense. This employee should not have to lose his house because of CSEA. This is not how those in the labor movement should act.
Please help in any way possible at the following link: Go Fund Me
If you want to read the lawsuit for yourself click here: Lawsuit Documents
Please also see the attached Flyer.
The Bargaining Committee is happy to report that the ratification of the 19-20 salary re-opener negotiations, Zoom and Freshservice Effects and Policy 104 Payment Authorization Effects all passed through ratification. The Bargaining Committee is so pleased to share that we had 76.1% of our bargaining unit members participate in this ratification, which is a record high. The Bargaining Committee is so thrilled about the amount of participation and we look forward to the future and the collective strength of the unit.
AEU Bargaining Committee
Denesa Moore, Chair
Val Hollins, President
The ratification notice for the other items went out earlier today. Please take a look at the agreements and bring any questions to the telephonic informational meeting on October 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM.
If you have any new hires in your office, please make sure AEU has their personal email address so they can be in the loop and vote in the upcoming ratification.
Thank you for staying tuned and for all of your participation in these negotiations. #AEUStrong
The informational meeting will take place via conference call on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM.
The call in information is (951) 797-1058 - Access Code: 577067
Online voting will open: 12:01 AM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.
Online voting will close: 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Every AEU Member will receive an email from Simply Voting with a link to the online ballot and a unique Elector ID and Password that will be able to be used one time.
If you do not receive an email with your voting instructions, please contact AEU Bargaining Chair, Denesa Moore Reinor, email@example.com
Download: AEU Ratification Notice October 2019.pdf , 2019-09-24 18_10.pdf
Negotiations- Day 2 is complete. We are happy to share that we entered into agreements with the employer on Policy 104 Payment Authorization effects, Zoom and Freshservice effects and the and the 2019-2020 Contract Re-Opener.
Effects of Policy 104 Payment Authorization
While using the form is mandatory, we were able to negotiate that the gathering of the financial information on the form is not a mandatory requirement—staff can contact their field directors or the accounting department to collect the data. We were able to also able to secure that we are protected if there are any allegations of misconduct arising from the collection of personal information.
Effects of Zoom and Freshservice
We were able to negotiate that employees can request a personalized, on-demand training for these new programs. We were also able to secure that employees may still call or utilize the Computer Support IS email to report any technical difficulties.
2019-2020 Contract Re-Opener
We are pleased to report that we secured a 3.0% on-schedule raise effective June 1, 2019. We were also able to secure a one-time bonus payment of $2,000.00 for each bargaining unit member.
Day 3 resumes with the information systems layoffs negotiations. Please stay tuned for updates at the table. #AEUStrong
counter-proposal from AEU to CSEA. counter-proposal from CSEA to AEU.
On behalf of AEU members, I’d like to take a minute and recognize the context which we will begin our reopener negotiations. AEU represents over 200 members, who each day carry out the mission of CSEA.
It is important to understand that in the nearly 15 months since the Janus decision, with the direction of the CSEA leadership and its staff, we have found ourselves in a position in which CSEA is uniquely able to recognize and address the needs of its staff. Through the efforts of all, we were able to mitigate the flood gates opening and loss of members; our collective efforts resulted in fewer than 2,000 CSEA members opting out of their membership, outperforming the projected membership loss.
As a staff, we share the desire to build a better workplace for our CSEA membership, to see them thrive, and to share in the rewards of such efforts. This membership retention has resulted in approximately $2 million dollars staying in the budget on an on-going basis from dues.
Based on AEU’s review of the last four (4) years of CSEA budgets, we have seen $6.3 million dollars in savings from unfilled/vacant staff positions in salary. Unfilled positions meant, nearly $2.8 million in savings on medical insurance/dental/life and vision and $5.3 million in defined benefit pension savings. In total, there has been $14.6 million in savings stemming from unfilled/vacation positions.
Less staff has resulted in increased pressures in the field, turnover has resulted in lost consistency and stability in the field working for our CSEA members. These circumstances have added to the stress of an already stressful vocation. This context has resulted in CSEA becoming a training ground for other Unions. We can no longer afford to spend the money on training new staff, only to see them walk away. It hurts us all.
Since January 1, 2016, CSEA has had a nearly 38% percent turnover in staff. That number is even higher in the Senior LRR and LRR positions at 42.8%. Meaning, we have roughly 2 out of 5 employees with less than three years with CSEA. CSEA has the ability to ensure staff is properly compensated, the positions are filled, and we continue to carry out the mission of CSEA in order to build the Union our members and staff deserve.
With all this said, we believe our bargaining proposal represents a solid rationale, based on the numbers and context we find ourselves in.
For more specifics and our initial proposal please see the attached.
Attention CSEA Members!
Welcome to your 93rd Annual Conference from the staff!
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AEU recognizes and thanks Brother Arnold Morin for his service on the AEU Board:
The International Labor Communications Association awards for 2018 have recently been announced and current (and former!) AEU members Hugo Jimenez and Jay Peeples were winners of first and second place awards!
Congratulations to Jay and Hugo from AEU! Well deserved!
For More Information Visit: ILCAonline.org
The AEU's first mobile application has been released, and is available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store:
All login information for the mobile application is the exact same as the website. Please only install this mobile application on your personal cell phone and not any employer based cell phone. The AEU Executive Board has voted to give all AEU members who install the application a gift card as a way to say thank you! Make sure you allow Push Notifications if asked; we promise to use them reasonably! We will be sending out information soon (via our first push notification!) on how you can collect your gift card from AEU. AEU will be updating the mobile application regularly, make sure you allow app updates.
Some of the features of the AEU Mobile Application are as follows:
- Contact AEU
- One-touch dialing and email
- Live News/RSS Feeds
- Photo Gallery (Coming Soon)
- Calendar of Events
- Social Media Integration (More On This Soon)
- Event Information
- Executive Board
- Instant AEU/CSEA Contract Access
- Instant Access to other AEU/CSEA Agreements
- Push Notifications
- Password Protected “Members only” Area
- Account Settings - Members can update their personal AEU account settings directly from App.
- Seniority List (Coming in First Update)
- Meeting Agendas/Meeting Minutes
- Online Voting
- AEU Document Archive
- Plus More!
If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or issues with the mobile applications please email AEU Secretary/Webmaster Michael Breyette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download: AEU CONF AGENDA.pdf
Ratification of the Vacation Tentative Agreement, attached, will be held Saturday, March 10 at:
300 S. Court
Visalia, CA 93291
Questions and answers will start at Noon, and the ballot box will be open at the conclusion of the Q&A, and close at 2pm.
If the TA passes, vacation requests will be turned in on March 15th instead of April 15th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any bargaining team member.
Download: AEU CSEA TA Vacation Jan 10 2018.pdf
Attached is the tentative agreement for the realignment effects negotiations that occurred yesterday on October 4, 2017. If you have any questions, please ask any bargaining team member. Please attend the ratification meeting and exercise your right as an AEU member to cast your vote!
Sunday, October 29, 2017
300 South Court Street
VISALIA, CA 93291
Q & A: 12:00PM
Voting begins after Q&A and the polls will remain open till 2:00pm
Your AEU Bargaining Team recommends a YES vote on this agreement.
We look forward to seeing you in Visalia on October 29, 2017!
Download: AEU Realignmnent Effects Oct 2017.pdf
AEU would like to thank the CSEA Delegates for your continued support of the CSEA Humanitarian Fund! To help continue to build and maintain a strong fund for everyone, AEU will be conducting a raffle at CSEA conference with 100% of the proceeds benefiting CSEA’s Humanitarian Fund!
AEU Raffle Prizes:
- Keurig Travel Coffee Maker
- FitBit Charge
- Wine Basket
- Portable Charger
- COME HOME TO MAUI CONDO PRIZE
- This beautiful island offers the best tropical paradise—warm waters, plentiful fish and turtles, gorgeous sunsets and terrific food 7-night stay at a private condo located in Napili (West Maui)— 1 mile from the very best beaches on Maui, 6 miles north of Lahaina Town and Kaanapali.
Raffle Ticket Prices:
- $2 = 1 Ticket
- $5 = 3 Tickets
- $10 = 8 Tickets
Download: AEU Raffle PrizesTickets_2017_2.pdf
Good evening everyone,
Attached is the ratification meeting notice for the Successor Contract. A copy of the tentative agreement can be read under Bargaining Updates above.The meeting will be held at the Visalia Marriott on June 3rd. Details in the notice attached.Hope to see you all there!
Download: AEU Ratification Notice Successor June 2017.pdf
Attached is the agenda for our AEU Conference which will be held at CSEA Headquarters in the Boardroom, beginning at 10am on Friday May 19th.
The Conference is open to all AEU members, but release time if only provided to the Executive Board and Stewards.
Dinner will be provided for all attendees, so PLEASE RSVP to Arnold Morin, Ext 1284 or email email@example.com NO Later than Wednesday May 17th so we can have an accurate count for food.
We look forward to a great Conference this year!
Download: AEU Conference - May 2017.doc
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