9/13/21 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, September 13, 2021 3:30-5:30PM
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1. Call meeting to order at: 3:35 pm
2. Land Acknowledgement: We recognize the original stewards of this land we live and work on; The Ramaytush Ohlone Nations. May we learn to take as good care of it as they did. Intertribal Friendship House Native Land Map
3. Roll Call- Elected Site Representatives (✓ present)
Adelante Selby-Rita Melton and Yesenia Bravo ✓
Roy Cloud-Belinda Mendez and Maureen McPeek ✓✓
Roosevelt-Kohlby Hong and Chris Holm ✓
Hoover-Kevin Sugar ✓
Clifford- Jennifer Tanti ✓
Orion-Jackie Kroner ✓
North Star-Jacob Havey ✓
Garfield-Anum Khan ✓
Kennedy-Cindy Meek ✓
Taft-Kerry Benjamin and Kim Combs ✓
Henry Ford-Angie Teupel and Sandra Covacha ✓
SDC Preschool - Bernadette Garcia
Preschool -Aida Ortiz
Independent Study- Rebecca Robinson ✓
4. Committee Reports
Elections Committee **Members needed**
- Special Elections Candidates.
- 9/13/21 is the final day to vote (which includes writing in your name).
- We need CTA ID numbers for candidates running
Timeline for Executive Board Special Election (For VP and Corresponding Secretary)
August 31: Declaration of Candidacy (email@example.com)
September 1: Acknowledgment
Sept.1-8: Campaign (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sept. 9-13: Secure Vote (electronic) to membership
Sept. 14: Result Announcement
President Erinn Wahsburn asked RCTA Rep Council for opposition in naming Joan Solari as Interim Vice President for RCTA Executive Board, met with no objection from RCTA Rep Council
Joan Solari is now Interim Vice President for RCTA
Jennifer Tanti volunteered for RCTA Corresponding Secretary for RCTA Executive Board
President Erinn Wahsburn asked RCTA Rep Council for opposition in naming Jennifer Tanti as Interim Corresponding Secretary for RCTA Executive Board, met with no objection from RCTA Rep Council
Jennifer Tanti is now Interim Corresponding Secretary for RCTA
Treasurer's Report-Steve Murray
In our account (RCTA)
RCTA President $37,000 bill from RCSD, which will come from savings.
Current Data: According to CTA360- 329 Active RCTA Members
We may need to raise dues for members after 2021-2022 school year, if we would like to continue funding presidents .25 salary for union work
To cover the whole salary member dues would have to raise an additional $115 making our dues jump to $285
CTA is already asking us to bump our dues up to $205 for arbitration access through CTA
Grants through CTA can cover part of the president’s .25 salary schedule, but RCTA can’t afford a .5 salary schedule
If we get the grant, it could raise dues $65 for members
*Is there a way to organize a “fundraising” committee, to try to fundraise to eliminate the need to raise dues (or drastically raise dues) to try to help our teachers out!
Organizing Committee: Kevin Sugar email@example.com and Joan Solari
Mixer at The Office-Sept 17th 3:30-5:00 RSVP here 9/14 last day to RSVP
26 RSVP so far
$150 reservation fee plus food and bar break down
CPR training Saturday, Sept 25, 2021 (78 people)
-How will people be notified that they are invited to the 9/25 event?
- If you are signed up, it will be Saturday, Sept 25, 2021 at Roosevelt’s Upper
RCTA will ask Wendy Kelly to send out reminders and confirmation to all participants who signed up.
RCTA Lunches (RCTA Presence!!)-Erinn Washburn
-Set September and October Dates for:
Hoover Monday, Sep 27, 2021MS (12:30) Elem (11:45)
Garfield Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
Clifford Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021 MS (12:20) Elem
Adelante Selby Monday, October 25 (11:30)
*Erinn will reach out to Site Reps on each campus to ensure teachers are aware of the lunches on site dates.
Forms will be used to have semi-customize sandwiches for our members.
-Invite CTA benefits folks to lunches on school sites to get deals to our members
Provident Credit Union:
Membership Committee:-Christina Granato firstname.lastname@example.org
-Thank you to the temporary site reps who sent out the forms and gathered contact information!!
-The master list is still about 150 members short.
Please try and get all of the members at your site dialed in. Let us know when you update.
-Address changes for CTA database-Christina Granato email@example.com
- If you haven’t received your CTA card with the Educator magazine in the past week or so, you NEED to change your address.
Some New Members! Meets with the top admin every 3rd Monday (approx.)
Sigrid Bull McCarthy
Want to join a committee? All committees need additional members (EMAIL
Equity and Human Rights-Ethnic Minorities Committee
Want to start a committee?
Retirement and Benefits- Organize events to inform members about STRS and CTA benefits.
Community Outreach- Collaborate with community partners to bring services to students and staff.
Parent Liaison- Create relationships with PTO and School Site Council members
Quarantine Lesson Plans: 10 day-Async lesson plans: Principals should have given staff time to organize packets for async, using the pre-made lessons from staff development team.
Families are taking leaves for COVID, some sites have not given time to organize the premade packets.
School Admin should be given planning time with teams to choose the materials from the premade options, during a staff meeting.
Erinn will reach out to Wendy Kelly to ensure admins are communicated with about providing this time for teachers on all sites.
Teachers out sick, sites have asked for emergency sub plans
Taft asked for 5 days, some sites have one day, or three day plans
COVID Cases and Communications: The district is still responsible for tracking and tracing. RCSD is responsible for sending out communications to close contacts and to entire sites with a positive case. All COVID cases reported to you, need to be reported to the office on sites, so they can ensure RCSD can follow tracking and tracing protocols, already in place.
Parents can sign students up for testing. Is there a way to get paper copies for these testing communications to families that do not have access to or do not check emails?
Available Leaves for certificated employees
CTA conference grants if members want to go to a conferences through CTA.
Paper contracts on their way.
Most up to date contract and salary schedules can be found here online.
7. Member Concerns
- Subs: There are no subs right now. Worse than ever before.
Members are being pulled from their work: reading specialists, bilingual reading teachers, etc are being put in classrooms to sub (long and shorter term) without relief. Disrupting teacher morale across the district.
RCTA is working on an MOU to raise sub rates to try to recruit bodies to sub for us, right now DO employees who qualify are being sent out to sub and TOSAs and other teachers are being pulled from their posts to sub.
- Parental Pressure on Teachers
- Some sites are feeling like there is a lack of support from administration when
experiencing super aggressive parents, treating teachers poorly, and criticizing students
learning opportunities. Teachers are not always feeling that they are supported by their
administrators, not following through or intervening with student and parent behaviors.
Meeting adjourned at: 5:19 pm
10 minute meeting To Do’s:
1. VOTE in special elections (check social and promotions inbox tabs)
2. Invite to mixer on September 17th (ESPECIALLY NEW FOLKS) RSVP
3. CPR training information (NO MORE NEW SIGN UPS)
4. RCTA Lunch information
5. Share with new staff: New Member Information Join.CTA.org
6. Talk about committees and find members!
7. Keep contact information updated on site list (use the form I shared with you so I can see updates also.
8. Tell staff where to find paper contracts.
Web: rctacares.com Facebook: @redwoodcityteachersassociation