1/9/23 Rep Council Minutes
RCTA Representative Council Meeting Agenda
Redwood City Teachers’ Association Mission Statement: The Redwood City Teachers Association exists to promote and protect the professional health and longevity of its members. It is dedicated to the pursuit and support of excellent teaching, equity, collective bargaining, and fair working conditions. We are devoted to the education of the children, their families, and the community of Redwood City.
Monday, January 9th 2023 3:45-5:30 PM
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1. Call meeting to order at: 3:49 p.m.
2. Land Acknowledgement: We are doing this work on the unceded land of the Ohlone Nations.
3. (Need a motion) Approval of the agenda Motion :Kevin Sugar 2nd: Jacob Havey
4. Roll call
Adelante Selby: Yesenia Bravo, Rita Melton
CDC: Ivonne Castillo
Clifford: Larry Goity
Garfield: Anastacia Stamates, Chris Taylor
Henry Ford: Sandra Covacha, Angie Teupel
Hoover: Kevin Sugar
Kennedy: Endre Balogh, Cindy Meek
MIT: Mary Jane Gertz, Rich Wallace
Northstar: Ariana Baltay, Jacob Havey
Orion: Jackie Kroner
Roosevelt: Eryn Heon, Chris Holm, Sharon Tsuchiyama
Roy Cloud: Eve Avalos, Xa Mai
SLP: Megan Klein
Taft: Kerry Benjamin, Sigrid McCarthy
Attendance Key: Present Absent
5. Approval of the Minutes Minutes approved without objection
6. Site by Site 1 Minute Share-outs
Adelante Selby Reps: K-2 There’s been frustration about rainy day lunch time; you don’t get a break; too short to let them play especially for kinder; absences have improved compared to before break; toy drive at the Atherton PD was successful; children were able to choose toys.
CDC Preschool Reps: Interim Director - Derrick Grasty - part time classes are struggling; classes doing well so far; children are used to coming to school; we are being bombarded with students; do not have training so the students might not get services that they need
Clifford Reps: Things are going well; Staff looks out for each other; iReady diagnostic analysis; ELD; NUA work.
Garfield Reps: everything mostly ok with the new building; still waiting for some things to get finished; everything seems to be ok.
Henry Ford Reps: iReady before winter break; NUA - Stefanie R. to model lessons;
Hoover Reps: School is doing well. Admin. are putting their best foot forward to make positive changes; Staff thanksgiving lunch; Admin is really working hard to be positive. Greatly appreciate the effort.
Kennedy Reps: Attendance issues with some students; assembly today; facilities issues - seems like those might be getting addressed. Work on collaboration within the classroom; end of January will have testing; last couple of weeks: cougar cash for student rewards has made a positive impact
McKinley Reps: Filled vacancy for a full time substitute; moving through 1st year environment - new principal and half the staff is new
North Star Reps: Things are going well; had book fair with MIT; finished up 2nd round of iReady diagnostics; Staff looked at the results.
Orion Reps: lots of student absences; one class in particular
Roosevelt Reps: things are going good; still do not have a credentialed PE teacher k-5; middle school is covering some of the 5th grade PE; just lost garden teacher;
Roy Cloud Reps: Love our principal; everything is going well.
SLP: Not much to rep; still trying to hire a preschool SLP
Taft Reps: Have filtered water for staff; working elevator; principal can be a little not nice, mainly k-2; Overall ok.
9. Committee Reports
Calendar Committee: Brian Cagle, Erinn Washburn, Pam Barasch, Steve Murray, Anastacia Stamates
Discussed 23/24 Calendar
-Add two days to calendar (187 days change to 189 days) SURVEY
Negotiation members felt that members should be surveyed. Those days will add to retirement. It came from Wendy because DO gets more responses than RCTA.
Current Numbers: 116 yes, 74 no, 23 undecided
Contract says 7 non-instructional days if it passes will move to 9 non-instructional days
-Moving conferences from Thanksgiving week M,Tu to week of minimum days in
October: Goal Setting Meetings
-Report Card will be done at the end of the 1st Trimester
-Progress report/Goal Setting conference? @ other school through out peninsula; wasn’t for all students
-Seems like double work if we have to complete progress report and then might have to meet with parents to discuss report card
-Bring up these ideas in Climate Committee
-Two PD days Nov. 1st (day after Halloween), February 5th (align with Sequoia and follow-up to January PD)
Thanksgiving Week: Monday=full day; Tuesday= minimum day
-Align with Sequoia for holidays (Dec. 21-Jan. 5)
Bargaining/Negotiations Team: Brian Cagle, Michelle Territo, Erinn Washburn, Jenn Tanti, Yesenia Bravo, Amy Barstad
-Met for the first time in Dec.
-All proposals were all written.
-Meeting again February 1st - the District should have written proposals and counterpoints.
-DO Reserve 14%; in past district were struggling to maintain 6%
-18% compensation = 10% increase this year; 3% 24/25;
-3% class size reduction k-2: 24; 3-5: 26, 6-8: 28
Organizing Committee: Executive Board
T-Shirts: Will be delivered to your site January 9th-13th
Tell all members to wear t-shirts on February 1st, our next bargaining date.
Hold onto some to give out on February 1st.
Board Meeting sign up. RCTA will pay $15 toward your meal on meeting night. Site Schedule:
Oct. 26 Nov. 9Silvia AntonelliNov. 16Erinn Washburn, Brian CagleDec. 7CliffordDec. 14CliffordJan. 11Garfield Jan. 18Roy CloudFeb. 8FordFeb. 15FordMar. 8HooverMar. 22KennedyApr. 19MITApr, 26OrionMay 10NSAMay 24RooseveltJun. 14 Jun. 21 Jun. 28
Treasurer's Report: Steve Murray
Balance Checking: $37,397.07Balance Savings:$50,416.67 total $87,813.74
For reimbursements, please submit receipts to Steve Murray at email@example.com
Climate Committee: Anastasia Stamates, Erinn Washburn and Jacob Havey meet with John Baker, Wendy Kelly, and Janet Lawson to discuss solutions to district-wide concerns.
climate committee concern on this document.
-Report on 12/12/22 Meeting
- Prob 1 & 2 teacher pink slip
- We need a new process so that we do keep firing.
- Big 5 - School Safety - If there is an earthquake, make sure everyone exits the building.
- Next Meeting January 23rd
Human Rights and Equity Committee: Erinn Washburn-LGBTQ Chair, Joan Solari-Women’s Chair, Ethnic Minorities Chair-Open
Need Ethnic Minorities Chair
Good Teaching North feb 3-5 at Hyatt SFO
New Educator Weekend March 10-12 Santa Clara Marriott
Equity and Human Rights March 17-19 Santa Clara Marriott
Social Organizing Committee: Belinda Mendez, Xa Mai
State Council Report: Erinn Washburn
NEA Representative Assembly elections!!
-State delegates declare candidacy Jan 5-31
-RA is July 2-6 in Orlando, FL
Next State Council meeting is January 27-29
Membership Committee: Cindy Meek CINDYHM@pacbell.net
Grievance Committee: Michelle Territo firstname.lastname@example.org
It is very important that you talk to your site administrators about any problems you have at your site. Document these interactions.
Weingarten Rights: Your Right to Union Representation
Benefits Committee: Ann Barlijafa,
To set up your site visit contact:
Norma Alfaro-California Casualty
Michael Moore-Provident Credit Union
email@example.com 800-632-4600 ext. 2612
Set up a time with the benefits vendors to come to your site. Order lunch for your members. RCTA will reimburse you. Try to keep it at $15 per person. Save your receipts and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your reimbursement check.
How do I set up a luncheon for my members? Try this.
Political Action Committee: Jacob Havey
-February 6th RCTA meeting will be in person at Red Morton Community Activities Building. 1400 Roosevelt Ave.
-SPSL has been extended through December 31, 2022. You are entitled to up to 80 hours of covid leave. You must fill out this form to receive it. There is a limit on the amount of money this will pay out, so you may have to use some of your own sick leave.
State of Emergency will be lifted on 2/28. Can’t mandate teacher to stay home. Before 2/28, teachers might be able to work from home with accountability. Still to be negotiated.
-The minutes for this meeting will be posted in the blog section of RCTAcares.com
Meeting adjourned at: 5:09 p.m.
10 minute meeting/Leadership Team To Do’s:
1. Someone not getting union emails? Have them sign up here: RCTA contact Form
2. Pass out new RCTA t-shirts
3. Wear t-shirts February 1st (memo to all members-multiple times-multiple ways)
4. Set up a staff lunch paid for by RCTA.
5. Sign people up to go to board meetings.
6. Next rep council meeting is in person.
CA Administrator Performance Expectations
Web: rctacares.com Facebook: @redwoodcityteachersassociation