As the summer session is underway, there is anticipation and preparation for the new school year. It is always exciting during those first few days of fall semester, but this year, we have another reason to be excited.
With the retirement of Teresa Dryfuss, we close the book on our relationship that was sometimes challenging, sometimes rewarding, but CSEA Chapter 477 always tried to move the process along to create a more inclusive and respectful workplace. We will not stop striving for a better workplace as the new president begins his appointment on July 11th.
As a union, our obligation is to one another. As a union, we are a united force that will advocate for a workplace that is respectful, safe and inviting of innovation and excellence. As we start this new chapter of the Rio Hondo story, I will rededicate my work to bringing a workable relationship with the new president built on respect and the mutual goal of making our Rio Hondo community a better place. We have had a culture of fear and distrust. That must end. We have to let the new administration understand that we have to be treated with dignity and respect. It takes a community to educate a student and in the Rio Hondo community, not all stakeholders were treated equally. This has to change.
In this spirit, I am asking all members of Chapter 477 to get involved. We have some challenges ahead with state funding of community colleges. We have problems to solve and together we can do this, in that I am confident. We’ve come a long way in the last ten years and I can only imagine the great work we will be able to accomplish in the next ten, but it will require involvement. It is your union, your future and there is much that we can all do to support one another—attend the next chapter meeting, read your contract, know your rights, and most importantly, if you are a new employee and you haven’t joined us, join today!
Congratulations to our wonderful staff for reaching their anniversary milestone!
Decade Dinner Honorees
Serrano, Lorraine - Accounting - 40 years
Caballero, Irma G. - EOP&S - 40 years
Ozima, Paul - Information Technology - 30 years
Acosta, Monika - Financial Aid - 30 years
Romo, Gregory - Facilities Services - 30 years
Yount, Laurie - Library - 30 years
Lopez, Janice G. - Communications & Languages - 30 years
Hurtado, Araceli T. - Counseling & Student Success - 20 years
Maes, Crystal K. - Marketing & Communications - 20 years
Lona, Paul - Kinesiology, Dance & Athletics - 20 years
Padilla, Emily - Mailroom - 20 years
Rivas, Rosemary - Accounting - 20 years
Gonzalez, Hayde - Accounting - 20 years
Morales, Cynthia - Student Life & Leadership - 10 years
Sanchez, Ruth - Admissions & Records - 10 years
Barragan, Carmen - Facilities Services - 10 years
Wu, Edward C. - Information Technology - 10 years
Upcoming Event - Summer BBQ
Apply for a CSEA Member Career Grant
CSEA can help offset the cost of furthering your education. Career Grants are awarded to qualifying members who attend school on a part time or full-time basis. $1,000 grants are awarded to recipients based on financial need, goals and objectives, citizenship, and CSEA activities.
Application deadline is October 31. Go to www.csea.com/web/Benefits/Education-Services/Career-Grants for more information.
There are many education benefits for both the CSEA member and their dependents, visit www.csea.com/web/Benefits/Education-Services to see a list!
FREE RAFFLE FOR DODGER TICKETS
During the Summer BBQ (Friday, July 12, 2019) you will be entered to win a pair of dodger tickets! We have multiple pair of tickets that were donated to us. Therefore, make sure you attend (RSVP for the Summer BBQ) for a chance to win and go see the best team in the league!