California Educator

May 2014

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Advocacy I F Y O U W O R K for a school district and then retire or leave the district, you'd expect to get paid for the work you have already completed, wouldn't you? Well, thanks to CTA, you will be. In a long-awaited victory for Santa Ana teachers, a dis- trict court ordered the Santa Ana Unifi ed School District to pay teachers who worked summer school and then left the district's employ prior to being paid. It all started during arbitration over summer wages. The original award covered all teachers who worked summer 2007. Both sides agreed the district would honor the award for those teach- ers who worked the summers from 2007 through 2010. Legal victory: Santa Ana teachers paid for summer work And you should be, too. Here's why. After almost weekly discussions with CTA and Santa Ana Educators Association leadership regarding payment, the district paid the majority of the bargaining unit, but refused to pay those who left the district, citing a vague, undefi ned and unknown rule barring the payment of teachers who were no longer employed by the district. This included 88 bargaining unit members who had retired or resigned from the district. The district court agreed with SAEA that the school district was obli- gated to pay all of the bargaining unit members. Only after litigation and constant pressure from CTA staff member Norma Ortiz and SAEA Presi- dent Susan Mercer did the district pay $88,000 to the remaining teachers in January 2014. Legal 37 M AY 2 0 1 4 Credentials and Certificates § Multiple and Single Subject § Administrative Services § CTEL § Education Counseling/PPS § School Psychology/PPS § Special Education: Mild/Moderate § Reading and Language Arts § Child Life Specialist § New Learning Technology Bachelors § Liberal Studies § Child Development Doctoral § Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.) (La Verne Campus) Masters § Educational Leadership § School Counseling § School Psychology § Special Education § Reading § Special Emphasis § Child Life § Child Development (also online) WASC accredited, CCTC and NCATE approved. Programs offered at campuses throughout California. Contact for more information: College of Education and Organizational Leadership 1950 Third Street La Verne, CA 91750 877-GO-TO-ULV 37 M AY 2 0 1 4 "La Verne provided the tools to make me an effective educator." Natasha Burrell M.Ed. Special Emphasis/Credential 2010 M.S. Educational Counseling/ PPS Credential 2014 6th Grade Math and ELA Teacher 14025596 Educator 05 May 2014 v1.6 int.indd 37 5/16/14 3:21 PM

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