January Newsletter

Jan 2016 Newsletter

Freidrich’s Transcripts

These are the transcripts from the oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court two weeks ago.


LVEA Supports Menges and Wasserman!

The LVEA Rep Council voted unanimously to support Linda Meneges and Mathy Wasserman in their bids for school board!  Please click here for our press release announcing our support!

Measure E Phone banking

We need all hands on deck for phone banking.  Please take a moment to sign up for your school’s night.


5 Reasons to Join LVEA

Top 5 Reasons to Join LVEA

Contract Settled!

Your LVEA Bargaining Team has completed negotiations for the 2015/16 school year.  Below is a link to the contract changes and a summary sheet.  You will be asked to vote on the changes between now and the end of July.  Please take a moment to read the changes and vote!  Thanks very, very much to the bargaining team for all of their hard work (over the summer no less)!

Contract change summary

Contract with edits. Bolds mean additions and strikes mean deletions


STRS and Social Security

If you were in the private sector before teaching, please take a moment to read this over to get some info about the impact that the Social Security offset will have on you.

STRS and Social Security

LVUSD Ed Services Administrative Job Responsibilities

See attached file for Ed Services Administrative Job Responsibilities. The first two pages list the proposed responsibilities for the Assistant Superintendent of Ed Services assuming that two Curriculum Directors are hired. Pages 3-6 show the Board approved Job Descriptions for the planned Curriculum Directors – one for elementary and one for secondary.

LVUSD Ed Services Responsibilities

Writers Workshop Results

Please follow the following links for the responses to the Writers Workshop survey conducted in January/February 2015:

Writers Workshop Survey Numerical Data

Writers Workshop Narrative Responses

Workers Comp

Workers comp-
Over the last few years, LVEA leaders have had to represent several teachers with workers’ comp (WC) issues. Most of the time we are getting called in after the situation has gotten so bad the LVEA member can’t stand it anymore. Please use the following tips to ensure your rights are being protected:
1) You can get YOUR doctor to be your WC doctor. There is a form he/she needs to fill out (you get it form the district office) that allows him/her to be your primary care giver through the WC process. If you do not have this form filled out, you will be assigned a doctor. This form must be filled out and on file PRIOR to any injury. Click HERE for the form.
2) Fill out an incident report when you get hurt at work. If you don’t do this, you will not be covered by the WC system.
3) You will also need to fill out a workers’ comp claim. There is a form that needs to be filled out at your site. BE SPECIFIC in your description. Make sure you describe how the injury occurred and list all of the body parts involved. For example, if you fell and hurt your knee, think about the fall- did you stop yourself on the ground and jarring your wrists? If you did, make sure you put that in the report.
4) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE overly communicate about what is going on with your treatment, concerns, or questions. Make sure you contact Lori Fitzpatrick in the district office. She is LVUSD’s point person for WC issues. Also, contact LVEA so we know what is going on.
5) When you get a doctor’s note give it to your principal, give it to the DO, and CHECK to see that they got it. Let LVEA know what is happening too.
6) When you are taken out of work by a doctor (either for an injury, illness, pregnancy, ANYTHING) upon your return you must have an “accommodations meeting.” This meeting MUST occur before you step foot back into work. It is a meeting to discuss the recommendations your doctor has made for you to come back to work. PLEASE contact LVEA when you are about to have one of these meetings.

New laws have been passed for the WC system to benefit the WC insurers- NOT YOU. If you aren’t vocal and aren’t reaching out to LVEA, you will likely fall through the cracks. If you have any WC questions please contact Lori Fitzpatrick in the DO or LVEA.

LVEA Office Hours

Monday-Friday 11-4:30

LVEA Meeting Schedule

Rep Council- 3rd Monday of each month;
Exec Board- 2nd Monday of each month

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Your Weingarten Rights

The US Supreme Court has ruled that The National Labor Relations Act gives workers the right to request union representation during investigatory interviews by supervisors, security personnel, and other managerial staff. These are called Weingarten Rights.

An investigatory interview occurs if:
1) management questions you to obtain information; and 2) you have a reasonable apprehension that your answers could be used as a basis for discipline or other adverse action.

You must ask for union representation either at the beginning of or during the interview. Management does not have to remind you of this right.

If your request is refused and management continues asking questions, you may refuse to answer. Your employer is guilty of an unfair labor practice and charges may be filed.