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Citrus County Education Association One Voice, One Vision, One Mission

October/November 2017

Bargaining is Finished

We had bigger and bigger turnouts at our bargaining events. It really helped our collective cause. Please take the time to vote to ratify our Tentative Agreement with the district.

We will continue to bargain for contract language in the new year. You are invited and encouraged to attend all bargaining sessions. Your support makes a better case for everyone. Bring your member and non-member friends! Bargaining takes place in the basement of the District Services Center in Inverness. In an effort to have more time in their classrooms, to assist with the sub shortage and in order to make it possible for stakeholders to attend, the bargaining team has persuaded their district counterparts to meet later in the afternoons. Please come and observe and support your bargaining team as they advocate for you!

CCea teams with Jessie's place

Our Community Outreach Committee raised $200.00 for Jesse's Place, a rehabilitation place for children that have been abused in some way. They are going to use the money for a Christmas Party for the children. We are collecting unopened gifts for them. The party is December 7th so we are collecting them until the end of this month. They are asking for gifts for children age 3 to 17. Jewelry for girls, crafts, toys, etc. Contact Victoria Lynne Smith via this post if you would like to give.

dragon boat race

CCEA participated in our second Dragon Boat Race on Lake Hernando. The team had a great day and used our viking theme once more. Kim LaRue (CREST) crocheted our drummer's beard and hat. The Membership and Community Outreach committees also had an information booth at the festival.

Movie Night

Our Membership Committee planned and hosted a Halloween Movie Night. They showed Hotel Transylvania and Beetlejuice. Families of members, potential members and the community joined us for another successful social event. Join us next time!

FEA Delegate Assembly

CCEA sent 12 delegates to the Florida Education Association's annual Delegate Assembly. Your elected delegates met in caucus every morning at 7 am to discuss and debate New Business Items up for a vote on the floor. Two members of the CCEA delegation, and members of the FEA Republican Caucus, Suzie Martin and Mike Shier II (both at CRHS) presented a NBI which asked the assembly and officers to have more inclusive language regarding political comments, such as "turning the legislature blue". After a lively debate, NBI 22 passed. CCEA is a non-partisan organization. We fight for the rights of stakeholders in public schools. Whatever your party affiliation, we have opportunities for you to get involved on the national, state and local levels. Contact Donald Whitaker at IMS or Deborah Daniels at CRMS for information on becoming involved in our Government Relations Committee.

cpr/first aid/aed training

CCEA Parliamentarian Kimberly LaRue (ESP, CREST) led a CPR/First Aid/AED training course for ESPs and teachers. Kimberly became a trainer this past summer at the FEA Summer Academy. There will be another training in February. Please contact Kim if you are interested.

membership Award

CCEA President Victoria Smith accepting a Gold Level Membership Award at the FEA DA for our increase in teacher membership.

Remember last year's attempt by the legislature to silence our union and take away our collective bargaining rights? It's back. HB25 aims to take away our rights if our density is below 50%After last year's attack, our teacher density numbers have risen to just above 50%! That is something to celebrate!

While we have made great strides in improving our membership numbers, we still have a ways to go when it comes to recruiting new members, especially when it comes to secretaries and paraprofessionals. The density for our ESPs is at CRISIS LEVEL, below 30%. CCEA stayed longer at the bargaining table this session, specifically to fight for this group of members for increases in salary. What will happen if we are no longer allowed to bargain for you? Remember, recruiting members is EVERY MEMBER'S responsibility! How many can you welcome to the fold? Please click on the link below for a membership application. Completed applications can be sent to Vickie Smith at CHS or any Site Leader.

help wanted!!

Want to make a difference for YOUR union? We are still looking for a dedicated individual to become our Newsletter Editor. Training and inspiration, provided! We are also always looking for members to write articles, letters and editorials to be shared in our newsletter, our website and facebook page as well as with The Chronicle. Please contact Amy Flippen at amyLbennett@yahoo.com for more information.

upcoming events

Watch for dates and times for upcoming events!

CCEA is Honoring our Education Support Professionals

December 5th, American Legion in Homosassa, 5pm ESP Dinner and BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Don't miss it! All paraprofessionals and secretaries in the district are invited. Teachers are needed to serve dinner. Please RSVP to Mike Shier II (CRHS) if you will be attending or if you can help serve. shierm1@citrus.k12.fl.us

December 9th, Inverness Christmas Parade and Book Giveaway. Float decorators needed! Please contact Mike Shier at CHS, Mike Shier II at CRHS, Kim LaRue or Linda Stiegler at CREST for more information.

Elvis is Coming! Stay tuned for information about an Elvis Night. We are also planning Karoke, and Movie Nights. Come out and mingle with your union brothers and sisters.

Newsletter Contributions

Have an item for our newsletter? Just send it to Amy Flippen at amyLbennett@yahoo.com.

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