Highly Classified CSEA Chapter 477 Newsletter - June 2019

President's Message

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!

Thank you,

Sandra Hernandez

CSEA President

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

Decade Dinner Pictures (Thank you Sylvia!)

Upcoming Event - Summer BBQ

Remember to RSVP for the BBQ Online, and See You There!

Getting ready for CSEA’s Annual Conference

CSEA's 93rd Annual Conference will be held July 28 – Aug. 2, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Like most CSEA chapters from around the state, our chapter will send member delegates to represent us at the conference. The delegates to represent us are Eliana Valdes (Marketing & Communications / GCR) and Carolyn Gonzales (Nursing). They will spend the week gathering information, debating resolutions and budgets, as well as casting votes for Association officers. In addition to participating in formally scheduled events, they will also have a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and network with colleagues from around the state.

Our delegates will have the opportunity to attend specialized workshops and seminars during Education Days. Topics include job skills, union building and personal growth. Workshop presenters include CSEA members and staff, as well as outside volunteers. Our delegates will be able to share some of the knowledge they gain from Ed Days with our chapter when they return. They will also have an opportunity to gather information at the many booths set up by CSEA-sponsored benefit providers and CSEA standing committees.

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!


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!

CSEA wrote Article 14 of our CBA with your Safety in mind.

CSEA’s goal was to create a safe working environment for all Classified Staff. Article 14 gives us the Safety awareness we need to protect ourselves and each other from injury on the job. Classified Staff are responsible to conform to and comply with all health, safety, and sanitation requirements imposed by State or Federal law and regulations. This means that when we agree to work at Rio Hondo we agree to be vigilant and exercise our rights to avoid injuries on the job. Did you know you can request necessary, protective equipment you need to perform your duties? e.g. receive and wear a belt when carrying heavy items, request OSHA approved seating and keyboard equipment to avoid carpal tunnel or back injuries, request working boots or equipment that will prevent foot injuries, request training to update skills and knowledge on how to handle chemicals or hazardous materials or equipment on the job. Exercising Safety means we will be alert to notice and to report unsafe practices, equipment and conditions. Some of our trades and professions require more knowledge about the risks and the precautions we can take to be safe on the job. It is vital that we keep abreast of new training and that we are given the opportunity to attend health and safety courses and know all of the ways to safeguard ourselves and others when at work

CSEA Chapter 477 Executive Board

Sandra Rivera (President)

Lisa Sandoval (1st Vice President)

Janice Garcia (2nd Vice President)

Angelica Bio (Treasurer)

Yolanda Ramirez (Secretary)

Albert Bretado (CPRO)

Steven Gonzales (Sergeant-at-Arms)

Andrea Rivera-Ringo (Parliamentarian)

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