The BOTA Bulletin

October/November 2018

BOTA Membership 411

The Brea Olinda Teachers Association started the 2018-19 school year with incredible momentum! We have had added many new leaders and are accomplishing more than ever for this time of year.

In addition to representing members, hearing and addressing member concerns, striving to continually improve working conditions, and bargaining our contract, this year BOTA is making member engagement a priority. It is our goal to empower all members to feel ownership of our association. We want you to know that BOTA has your back!

Here are some highlights of what we've been working on so far:

  • Taken on the enormous task of updating member records and contact information so that all members are fully informed.
  • Established the BOTA Bulletin to educate members on the inner workings of the association, highlight member benefits, events, conferences, member achievements, and more.
  • Hosted a successful Membership Benefits Open House with NOCUT to help members take full advantage of the benefits available to them.
  • Created monthly BOTA Bashes to provide an outlet for members to engage with one another in an informal, supportive, and fun atmosphere.

Stay tuned for more updates. If you have ideas, let us know! We welcome your participation. We are stronger together!

Meet the E-Board

President: Pattie Romero

Pattie Romero has been a member of BOTA since 1988, during which time she has served as a site representative, secretary, grievance chair, vice-president, and now president. Pattie's goal as president is to increase member communication and engagement. She wants everyone to feel like they can be involved and that their voices will be heard.

Pattie has a Masters Degree in Science Education from CSUF, so science and learning about our world are her passions. She also has an administrative services credential from UCI. Pattie has been married for 35 years to her best friend, Eddie. She loves Disneyland, Star Wars, superheroes and all things "nerdy." Her hobbies include traveling, gardening, reading, and camping.

Pattie is proud to be your BOTA president and is thrilled to be part of a team that works so hard. She is looking forward to an amazing year.

Vice President: Chris Book

Chris Book has been in the education field for 34 years and currently teaches 4th grade teacher at Arovista. Chris has been a BOTA member since 2000. Prior to his current role of Vice President, he served as Site Rep, Secretary, and State Council Alternate. In addition to his duties as Vice President, he also attends all school board meetings and reports happenings to Rep Council. Chris enjoys serving with the teachers in our district to help make our association the best it can be.

Secretary: Glenda Bartell

This is Glenda's 16th year teaching in the BOUSD and 18th year teaching overall. She currently teaches instrumental music (band, orchestra, and guitar) at BJH but has previously taught band at all six elementary schools as well. Glenda was inspired to get involved in BOTA leadership after watching her husband, Joe, lead BOTA as President for 7 years and serve CTA at the state level in multiple capacities. Glenda's goal is to get more members more informed and involved with our association than ever before. Glenda also serves as the Membership Committee Chair.

Treasurer: Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper teaches 3rd grade at Arovista Elementary School. This is her third year teaching in the Brea Olinda Unified School District. She has been a BOTA member since she started teaching in 2016. During the 2017-2018 school year, Ashley was Arovista’s Site Rep and is now currently serving as Treasurer for the association. Ashley is looking forward to working with teachers and BOTA representatives to help make this school year the best that it can be.


New Contract Ratified!

Our Collective Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the district on October 4, and the new contract was ratified on October 12.

Some of the most notable changes to the contract include the following:

  • 2.5% increase to the salary schedule as well as extended day pay
  • Increases in multiple stipends
  • New catastrophic leave bank
  • Changes to the teacher evaluation process including a new evaluation rubric, a new "exceeds expectations" column, and a new "improvement plan" to for teachers who need assistane in meeting district standards.
  • New language to allow job-shares for elementary general education teachers.

The CBC reports that the negotiations process was "cordial" and both parties worked well to address our respective needs.

Thanks to the CBC committee for your time and hard work negotiating on our behalf!

  • Laurie Brown - Co-Chair
  • Jennifer Collier - Co-Chair
  • Catherine Albee
  • Tom Arntson
  • Samantha Greiner
  • Bill Madden
  • Pattie Romero
  • Jim Rogers - CTA Staff

Know Your Weingarten Rights

In 1975 the United States Supreme Court in the case of NLRB v. J. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251 (1975) upheld a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that employees have a right to union representation at investigatory interviews. These rights have become known as the Weingarten Rights.

If you find yourself in a precarious position with an administrator, know your rights! You can put a stop the conversation until your union rep is present! Invoke your Weingarten Rights by saying the following:

"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting. Until my representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion."

Inside CTA

CTA Mission Statement

CTA's endeavors are driven by its mission. In essence, CTA is about the well-being of teachers and students throughout the state.


The California Teachers Association exists to protect and promote the well-being of its members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education; to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected; and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.

CTA State Council - What Is It and How Does It Affect Us?

CTA's highest governing body is the State Council of Education. Meeting four times a year, the council's nearly 800 delegates elect the three state-level CTA officers and the CTA Board of Directors. Council also sets forth CTA policy, develops legislation, and makes recommendations in general elections.

State Council delegates are elected at the local level by secret ballot, and serve up to 3 three-year terms. Delegate allotments are proportionate to the number of members in a chapter or group of chapters. Each delegate is assigned to a committee on which they work together on specific education-related issues. Some of the committees represented include but are not limited to: Assessment and Testing, Budget, Civil Rights in Education, Credentials and Professional Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Political Involvement, Professional Rights and Responsibilities, Retirement, State Legislation, and Teacher Evaluation and Academic Freedom.

CTA State Council is made up of educators like you and me. It is this group of leaders, not the officers, who directly set the course for our organization.

Spotlight on Membership Benefits

CTA Member Benefits Apps

Did you know that CTA has apps that will help you take full advantage of all of the member benefits available to you through your union membership?

The CTA Member Benefits app features CTA-endorsed insurance, financial services, discounts, and more.

The My Deals app makes it easy for you to get discounts at restaurants, stores, amusement parks, travel, and more. Just download the app, register using your member ID (found on your membership card and on your California Educator magazine), and find deals! Search for a specific discount, or have the app find nearby deals based on your location! Start saving now!

Open Enrollment for The Standard Starting Now!

BOTA will be holding an open enrollment for The Standard Disability and Life Insurance in November. A representative from the company will be visiting all BOUSD school sites with information during this month.

If you previously purchased the district's disability insurance, you ARE able to drop if you would like to take advantage of The Standard's excellent plan.

Disability Insurance pays a benefit when you cannot work because of covered illness, injury, pregnancy or childbirth. Benefits can help with the everyday bills, such as the mortgage or rent, that continue even when you can’t work — expenses that health insurance won't cover.

The CTA-endorsed Disability plans were specially designed to cover the gaps in coverage that many educators and education support professionals face.

  • Coverage for disabilities occurring on or off the job
  • Access to the CTA Advisory Panel on Endorsed Services
  • Includes Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
  • Convenient payroll deductions for premiums

In addition, CTA just added two new benefits in September at NO extra cost: cancer treatment and student loans!

Visit this link for more information

Event Recaps

October State Council

The first CTA State Council of the school year focused on getting Tony Thurmond elected as Superintendent of Public Instruction, supporting the teachers of Los Angeles and Oakland as both associations face possible strikes, and continuing member engagement strategies to keep our union strong post-Janus. Eric Heins, CTA President, reported that there have only about 800 members have dropped their membership since last summer's Supreme Court ruling, and about 13,000 educators have joined the union. Click here to see highlights of October State Council from the California Educator.
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CTA State Council wearing #redfored in support of teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland who are both facing possible strikes.

November BOTA Bash - Claim Jumper

On Thursday, November 1, BOTA hosted its first BOTA Bash. Several teachers from various sites joined us for happy hour at Claim Jumper. We enjoyed some great conversation and laughs over appetizers and beverages. If you missed it, join us on Thursday, December 6 at Lazy Dog Cafe!

Campaign 2018

Tony Thurmond for SPI

The November election is right around the corner. We have a lot at stake, and a lot of work to do to get our recommended candidate for State Superintendent, Tony Thurmond, elected to office. Tony is a true advocate for public education. As a father, former school board member, and California State Assemblyman, Tony has always worked hard for our students and teachers. Please encourage your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to vote for Tony when they get their ballots or go to the polls!

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Upcoming Events

November Rep Council Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 13th 2018 at 3:45pm

749 South Brea Boulevard

Brea, CA

Monthly Rep Council meeting. All members are welcome to attend.

December BOTA Bash - Lazy Dog

Thursday, Dec. 6th 2018 at 3-6pm

240 S State College Blvd

Brea, CA

Join us at Lazy Dog for our second BOTA Bash! Come relax and enjoy some food and drink with fellow BOTA members. Let's get to know each other better!

December Rep Council Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 11th 2018 at 3:45pm

749 South Brea Boulevard

Brea, CA

Monthly Rep Council meeting. All members are welcome to attend.

Ideas for future BOTA Bulletins?

If you have any topics that you would like to see covered in the BOTA Bulletin, please contact Glenda Bartell, BOTA Secretary.