A Month of Learning, Celebration

Black history is American history. February is a month to study and celebrate African Americans’ rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are part of our history. The 2022 theme, Black Health and Wellness, acknowledges Black medical scholars and health care providers – especially timely during this pandemic, which has disproportionately affected minority communities.

Watch CTA President E. Toby Boyd speak to the importance of Black history here. Find CTA resources and suggested lesson plans here.

It’s not too late to participate in this week’s Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action! Find classroom and school resources at CTA and NEA, including  tips to facilitate conversation and advocate for your students at the school and district level.

Tell Your Legislators: Vote Yes on COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

Our collective action, including calls from educators and other union members across the state, proved successful on Jan. 25, when Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced an agreement that will provide supplemental paid COVID sick leave (SPSL) to educators, school personnel and all California workers.

The proposal, which will be voted on by the Legislature next week, provides up to 80 hours of SPSL, with a guarantee of 40 hours to all employees. It is retroactive to Jan. 1 and extends to Sept. 30, 2022.

“This leave will allow school employees to quarantine, recover, and return to their students and classrooms,” said CTA President E. Toby Boyd, adding that the agreement “is the fruits of our collective labor as educators, labor partners and state leaders committed to the health and well-being of California workers.”

Join CTA to urge your legislators to vote yes! Click here to add your voice.

CTA Grants and Scholarships

Last call – apply for the MLK Jr. Memorial Scholarship by Feb. 11! See below.

CTA offers an abundance of opportunities to help you, your dependents and your students get support and recognition, from funding for classroom/school projects to assistance in pursuing educational goals. Scholarships/grants with imminent deadlines are below. Check out many others at cta.org/scholarships.

Action Alert – Stand up for Napa Valley Students!

Dear Supporters of Napa Valley Students:

Last month, because of our organizing, the NVUSD school board rejected the Mayacamas charter school petition by a unanimous vote. Now, the charter school has appealed to the Napa County Board of Education in an effort to overrule the decision of the local school board.

Eve Ryser, a NVUSD Board member and former Vallejo teacher, described the charter petition as “poorly planned and financially rickety” and said that it would “cultivate an elite private school experience on the taxpayer dime, to the detriment of the other students of NVUSD” ( Napa Valley Register).

The Napa County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the charter petition on February 1, 2022 at 3:30pm, and we need you to give public comment in support of Napa students. This middle school charter would devastate Napa’s traditional public schools and undermine strong district programs and support for all of Napa’s students.

The Zoom information for the NCOE meeting is here.

We have created talking points here.

FAQ’s about the Mayacamas petition can be found here.

If you haven’t done so already, please share our petition with your friends and family!

Thank you for standing up for Napa students!

NVEA & CSEA

March Redwood Service Center Council Invitation

 Hello,

I hope you and your family are well.

You are invited to the Redwood Service Center Council meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2022.  The meeting will be held in person with the following COVID protocols in place:

  • All attending will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test no more than 72 hours prior to the meeting.
  • Social distancing and masks will be respected.

Please RSVP here to register for the meeting and secure your room reservation. If you have issues accessing the RSVP form please use CTRL and click the link.

***If you will need a room reservation, please  RSVP here no later than February 16th.  Per our agreement with the Sandman Hotel, room requests received after this date cannot be processed as part of our room block.  If you are unable to submit your room request prior to February 16th, you will need to make hotel reservations on your own.***

State Council Reps, please note – your attendance at the four (4) RSCC meetings is a requirement of the position you hold.  The tentative agenda will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Please visit our new website and Facebook page.  Our new website is www.redwoodservicecenter.com and you can also find us on Facebook at this link: Redwood Service Center Council on Facebook.

Thank you; have a wonderful day!

 Alyson Brauning, RSCC Chair        

March Meeting Agenda

January Meeting Minutes

Save the date – Redwood Educators Conference – April 29th-30th

Hello,

I hope you and your family are well.

The Redwood Educators Conference will be held April 29-30, 2022 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Rohnert Park.  As a member, you are eligible both to attend and to present!  See below for the presenters application and registration form.  Please note that presenters will receive a $200 stipend.

As educators, we have much to be proud of.  The locals that make up the Redwood Service Center are a collective of hard-working teachers, nurses, counselors, school psychologists, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, and retirees.  The Redwood Educators Conference is dedicated to bringing members together, building up our support networks and resources to do our jobs, providing professional development opportunities, and relating the value of what the association brings to each of us.

We are stronger together!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I look forward to seeing you at the Redwood Educators Conference!

Alyson Brauning,
Redwood Service Center Council Chair

Presenter application

Registration form

We stand with Rohnert Park-Cotati Teachers

For more information, please click here!

Link tree can be found here 

January 2022 – NEA Board Report

Virtual Retirement Workshop – February 8th

Register here!

More news!

Inside the Secret World of Union Busting

Ever wonder why only 1 out 10 workers in the USA have a union – lowest since the early 1900s?  Can you have freedom and democracy when there is widespread fear and terror in the American workplace?

https://capitalandmain.com/series/inside-the-secretive-world-of-union-busting

 

Confessions of a Union Buster

30 minute video with a former union buster who shares his former tactics with a pilots union.  See if you can see the similarities in tactics in our own collective bargaining campaigns (one example is delay, delay, delay)?  The classic labor education book with this title is being re-issued soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAgjII4CRi4

 

‘I’m hanging by a thread’: Teachers say school shootings and mental health struggles have made this year their hardest yet

This is a good article for sharing so that others outside of education get a sense for what educators are going through right now.  You all already know this as you are living it.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/17/us/teachers-school-violence-pandemic-burnout-trnd/index.html