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4/3/23 Rep Council Minutes

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, April 3 2023 3:45-5:30 PM

1. Call meeting to order at: 3:57 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 Yesenia Bravo motioned to approve. Shari Tsuchiyama seconded the motion.

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, (Devin Mulllane)

Kennedy: Endre Balogh, Cindy Meek

MIT: Mary Jane Gertz, Rich Wallace

Northstar: Ariana Baltay, Jacob Havey

Orion: Jackie Kroner (Regina Lemp)

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

Without objection, minutes approved

6. Site by Site 1 Minute Share-outs

Adelante Selby Reps: Teachers worried because PE coaches (PE+) go on strike when they are upset. All of them call in sick. Teacher

CDC Preschool Reps: Accepting that we are forced to work with SPED kids; who do we follow?

Clifford Reps: Shelter in Place; interesting how it was presented to the public; it was not a lockdown, but shelter in place. Parents were worried. A lot of parents showed up to the school and tried to get their children.

Garfield Reps: Official letter - close 6th and 7th grade; send to MIT and Kennedy. 8th grade for one more year. Attrition is still an issue. There are a lot of openings. Subs continue to be a problem. Admin steps in. Teacher survey - use prep time to act as subs or have students push into classrooms.

Henry Ford Reps: Everything is ok.

Hoover Reps:

Kennedy Reps: Admin focused on bell schedule and schedule. 750 students for next year; trying to keep 7th and 8th separate.

McKinley Reps: Concerned about the the number of staff meetings - 2 or 3 meetings this week and Thursdays are not sacred

North Star Reps: A lot of field trips - Coloma 4th grade. Yosemite was canceled

Orion Reps: One class tomorrow will have a field trip in Fremont.

Roosevelt Reps: Finished up with Jog-a-thon; conferences over; ramping up to the end of the year; ELPAC testing; same middle school drama - so many staff leaving for the last 3 years; principal

Roy Cloud Reps: Little Mermaid play this last weekend; missed 3 days of school because of power outage; 7th grade Yosemite was canceled. Some teachers will have to move to make room for TK

SLP: working with SPED Director with numbers for next year.

Taft Reps: ELPAC testing; some testers will make appointments with families to test over the break; math night; field trips; ready for spring break; First Aid certification every two years - will Union host training?

7. Committee Reports

Bargaining/Negotiations Team: Brian Cagle, Michelle Territo, Erinn Washburn, Jenn Tanti, Yesenia Bravo, Amy Barstad

3 parts - Folder with all the language; there is a form to vote to ratify or not; and Brian’s cliff notes.

A couple weeks ago, Brian sent out a summary. There’s a lot of discussion over the contract. Compensation package 6% for this year - a separate retro check in June for this year. Next year 4% increase; Hourly rate from $35 to $55; SLP are getting their own salary schedule beginning next year. It’s hard to find SLP. Compensation wise - the district is fairly agreeable. 11 years our salary will have improved 37%.

Few other notable items:

-Meetings back to Thursdays and staff can vote on start time. Teachers are supposed to stay until 4:15 p.m. technically. Most principals will allow you to work from home because the Thursday time is staff meeting + prep. District can only hold 30 meetings per year.

-4th and 5th grade teachers are guaranteed to get 80 to 100 minutes of prep time.

-Minimum days before: Thanksgiving, Winter Break, MidWinter Break, and Spring Break

-6.11.4: Teachers have to take additional students if there is not a sub as a last resort. Varies from site to site.

-40 minute duty-free lunch; still a 7 hour workday.

-Questions? Brian’s email is on the summary page.

-??? Can we change some of the contract language next year? MOU. we can open 2 articles in 24-25 + compensation

Elections: Steve Murray

Elections for 2023 RA local representatives.

This year, the NEA Representative Assembly will be held in Orlando Florida July 1-6

Election timeline

March 6-10th: Declaration of Candidacy-email

March 13th: RCTA Posts Candidates-email from rctanews

March 14th-24th: Campaigning-email to

March 27th- 30th: Voting: Simply Vote link sent to all members on our contact list

March 31st: Results posted-email from rctanews

RCTA representatives for the NEA RA are:

  1. Yesenia Bravo

  2. Jacob Havey

Alternate 1: Jeanne Martin

Organizing Committee: Rita Melton, Cindy Meek, Jacob Havey, Angie Tupel

Winning with Words-organizing training/planning session

Wednesday, May 3rd 4:00-5:30 RSVP

Anyone interested can join. We want to come up with an organizing plan. It will be here. We would like to have 20 people. Right now, 9 members (organizing committee and RCTA Board) have signed up.

We used to have a teacher’s aide in our classroom. With class size reduction, the teacher’s aide was taken away. When class size increased, the teacher’s aide was not returned.

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. 8MITMar. 22KennedyApr. 19HooverApr, 26OrionMay 10NSAMay 24RooseveltJun. 14 Jun. 21 Jun. 28

Treasurer's Report: Steve Murray

Spending YTD- 9/2022-3/2023

Balance Checking: 40,453.33Balance Savings:50,422.89

For reimbursements, please submit receipts to Steve Murray at

Be prepared for a vote at our May rep council meeting.

CTA $768>>$786

NEA $204>>$208

Monthly increase looks like $115.70>>$117.90

RCTA $185 annually

Vote on president release time

.15= 5.25 hr/week

.15= 17,789 from savings (not regular budget)

-RA Conference $5000 @ 2 in July

-Canceled Zoom

-Simply Vote

* less expensive than paper voting;

*teller’s report: sent 290 emails - 45 voted;

*two separate voting next year

-$20,000 for food - lunches for staff, meetings

-Political Action Fund - $1 per person. Check written every June ~$3700

-President Release time has been taken out of checking, not savings

-Next meeting, we will take a vote on the budget. Please take back to members and discuss.

-Monthly deductions: is it 10 or 11 months?

***Erinn will talk to Melissa Lopez about the number of times monthly deductions are taken.

-Proposal for President release time for 23-24 school year: .15 release time;

Question: the money that covers the president release time is for sub pay versus teacher salary. How does the district pay it? Are they charging for FTE?


Vote for President to be paid through RCTA savings: Unanimous yes

RCTA 8th Grade achievement scholarship award

2 students per school

Deadline: May 22nd

Jen - send out separate email with a form.

Membership Committee: Cindy Meek

The district will not be giving new employees the association sign up form anymore. Traditionally, this is how 90% of people have signed up for CTA/RCTA.

Need helpers for New Member Orientation: August 8, 2023 (Erinn’s Birthday)

30 minutes before lunch and we will provide lunch for new members 11:00-1:00 p.m. commitment; Raffle, gift cards

Talk to new hires individually: Shari Tsuchiyama,

Sign people up: QR Codes

Order and manage lunch:


Sigrid McCarthy, Rita Melton, Cindy Meek, EB, Yesenia Bravo

Social Organizing Committee: Belinda Mendez, Xa Mai

Retirement/end-of-year bash: CHANGE ON CALENDAR May 22, 2023 3:45-5:30

**Need a list of retirees - Talk to HR

Larry Goity

Chris Holm

Lourdes Conde

Rustic Oyster House on El Camino Real RSVP

CPR class. District health person-Patrina Redd asked if RCTA would like to host and pay for a CPR class for members interested. $60/person.

Historically, the district has split the bill with RCTA. Kevin Sugar helped organize it. Joan has a contact for a different company for $45. It should be part of PD. Vote: in favor for RCTA paying for half to help host on a Saturday morning - unanimous yes

Human Rights and Equity Committee: Erinn Washburn-LGBTQ Chair, Joan Solari-Women’s Chair, Ethnic Minorities Chair-Open

Need Ethnic Minorities Chair

Human Rights and Equity Conference report-Some Highlights-Joan Solari, Erinn Washburn

Conferences Coming up:

Presidents Conference | July 13-16 – Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame

Summer Institute | July 23-27 – UCLA

Special Education Conference | October 6-8 – Hyatt Regency OC, Garden Grove

State Council Report: Erinn Washburn SM-2 representative

-NEW CTA officers

President: David Goldberg

Vice President: Lesley Litman

Treasurer: Erika Jones

-NEA dues going from $204>>$208

-CTA dues going from $ $768>>$786

-Lots of props to UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles who went on strike alongside their classified workers union. Got them a 30% raise…which brought them up to the poverty line.

-Big talk about divesting from Fossil Fuels CalSTRS

-Great presentation from Cal Care. Single Payer Health Care Initiative lead by National Nurses United

-Narcan (anti-opioid overdose inhalant) in all schools

Calendar Committee: Brian Cagle, Erinn Washburn, Pam Barasch, Steve Murray, Anastacia Stamates

Two additional professional development days MOU

Waiting for the district office; goal settings? Is the District moving to that or not?

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.

The March 20th Climate committee meeting was canceled.

Grievance Committee: Michelle Territo

It is very important that you talk to your site administrators about any problems you have at your site. Document these interactions.

A grievance is an RCTA contract or EdCode violation

Benefits Committee: Ann Barlijafa,

To set up your site visit contact:

California Casualty

Angie Rajczyk-

Michael Moore-Provident Credit Union 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 to receive your reimbursement check.

How do I set up a luncheon for my members? Try this.

Political Action Committee: Jacob Havey

9. Announcements:

-The minutes for this meeting will be posted in the blog section of

-Currently negotiating an MOU that would allow for sick day donations for people who ran out of days due to COVID and now owe the district money.

-SPED admin will be getting in touch with CDC preschool soon about expectations and requirements around inclusion next school year.

Meeting adjourned at:

10 minute meeting/Leadership Team To Do’s:

1. Someone not getting union emails? Have them sign up here: RCTA contact

2. Interested in planning with our Organizing committee? Winning with Words RSVP

3. Vote on tentative agreement (TA) for our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

4. Share proposed budget and be prepared to vote at next meeting


5:32 meeting adjourned.

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