• Candidates Announced for 2016 LTA Election

    Friday, 5/13/16, was the deadline for candidates to submit their names to have their names appear on the ballot in LTA 2016 election.

    The following is a list of the various positions up for election and the names of the candidates who submitted their names (in CTA alphabetical order):

    Executive Board

    President (1 position, 2-year term)

    • Brian Guerrero
    • Julie Smith

    1st Vice President of Contractual Affairs (1 position, 2-year term)

    • Priscilla Avila

    2nd Vice President of Curricular Affairs (1 position, 2-year term)

    • no names submitted

    Site Representatives

    Buford (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • no names submitted

    Felton (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Guadalupe Laguna
    • Natalie Reyes

    Huerta (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Tam Premsrirath

    Jefferson (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Diana Blue

    Moffett (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Priscilla Avila
    • Jessica Gomez

    LMS (4 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Gary Moore
    • Webster Peters

    Special Education Preschool (1 position, 1-year term)

    • no names submitted

    Teachers on Special Assignment (1 position, 1-year term)

    • Erica Kilgore

    Voting will take place at school sites from Monday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    In case of a tie where there are more tying candidates than available positions, a run-off election will be held.  As always, write-in candidates will be accepted and votes for write-in candidates will be tallied along with votes for declared candidates.  “Winning” candidates will be contacted in order of the number of votes they received, with the candidate receiving the greatest number of votes being contacted and offered the position first.  If several candidates receive the same number of votes, all will be contacted and offered the position at the same time, and if more accept than the number of positions available, a run-off election will be held.


  • Proposed LTA Bylaws Revision, 2016

    The LTA Rep Council is in the process of updating our LTA Bylaws.  Rep Council is considering a few changes to better meet the needs of our union and our members.  Below is a summary of the main changes that have been proposed:

    Bylaws – (future amendments would require notification of all members and posting for 1 month before Rep Council could vote; Rep Council would need to approve by 2/3 majority)

    • Clean-up Bargaining Team language, make it more similar to other committees, including PAC
    • Establish PAC in the Bylaws, along with a $2/month/member contribution and opt-out procedures

    Standing Rules – (future amendments could be made at any Rep Council meeting by simple majority vote)

    • $50 longevity bonuses for Site Reps who return for a second year to encourage longer commitments and discourage frequent turn-over in Site Reps, and thus, LTA leadership
    • More clean-up of Bargaining Team language, provision for sharing Bargaining Survey results with Rep Council after negotiations have concluded
    • PAC composition, procedures, and process for recommending candidates and ballot initiatives for endorsement
    • Add a provision to election rules to waive the need to hold election in uncontested Site Rep elections (now allowed by CTA)

    link to full text of proposed bylaws revisions

    Rep Council has been researching and refining the proposed changes for several months, and Site Reps have shared drafts with their schools during 10-minute meetings to gather feedback and answer questions.  Now that Rep Council has finalized the proposed language, it’s time for members to consider the proposal as a whole and give Site Reps their final opinion.  Rep Council will vote on the proposal at the June Rep Council meeting, in time to factor any changes into the 2016-2017 LTA Budget, which will also be approved at the June Rep Council meeting.  Your opinion is important; Site Reps, LTA, and the Bylaws represent you.  Please review the proposed changes and give feedback to your Site Reps, or, if you prefer, contact me directly, or join us at the June 9th Rep Council to share your opinions with the whole Rep Council.


  • LTA 2016-2017 Elections

    It’s election time again for the Lennox Teachers Association. This year we will be holding elections for three EBoard positions (President, 1st VP of Contractual Affairs, and 2nd VP of Curricular Affairs) and all Site Rep positions. Anyone with strong opinions about how we’re doing and an interest in getting more involved in your union should consider running. And if you’re interested in running for President next time around, there’s no better way to prepare yourself than serving one of the VPs first.

    For your convenience, here are the LTA Standing Rules on elections, which include full job descriptions and the 2016-2017 election timeline dates in red.

     

    Election Standing Rules

    1. Election Timeline and Procedural Components
      1. The timeline, procedural components, voting by mail procedure and the challenge procedure must be established prior to the election. If the unit has year-round schools, more time is needed because mail balloting may be required.
    1. Schools/work sites on alternative calendars shall be considered when setting election timelines.
    1. The election begins with the announcement of vacancy(ies) and terms of office and cannot be stopped until the conclusion of the election, including run-offs if necessary

    President – 2-year term [member of Executive Board]:

    • Stipend = $2,500/yr.
    • Attends all Lennox School District Board of Trustees meetings, or appoints proper representation.
    • Attends other CTA/NEA meetings as directed by the Representative Council; and
    • Attends meetings of the Service Center Council of which the Association is a part;
    • Proposes the procedures for grievance processing for ratification by the Executive Board and Representative Council;
    • Suggests policies, plans and activities for the Association, and is held responsible for the progress and work of the Association;
    • Has to be familiar with the governance documents of the Association, CTA, and NEA;
    • Appoints the chairperson and members of the Bargaining Team with majority approval of the Executive Board;
    • Appoints all chairpersons and members of committees, with majority approval of the Executive Board;
    • Presides at all meetings of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    • Prepares the agenda for the meetings of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    • Calls meetings of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    • Is the official spokesperson for the Association;

    Vice President of Contractual Affairs – 2-year term [member of Executive Board]:

    • Serves as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;
    • Assumes the duties of the President in the absence of the President (i.e., serve as “First” Vice President);
    • Serves as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President;
    • Serves as Chairperson of the Grievance Committee and keep an accurate record of all grievances; and
    • Serves as Chairperson of the Professional Relations Committee, preparing the agenda for meetings, facilitating meetings, and distributing minutes from meetings to the general Membership.
    • Stipend = $750/yr.

    Vice President of Curricular Affairs – 2-year term [member of the Executive Board]:

    • Stipend = $750/yr.
    • Serves as Chairperson of the Instruction and Professional Development Committee, preparing the agenda for meetings, facilitating meetings, and distributing minutes from meetings to the general Membership.
    • Serves as Chairperson of the Membership Committee and keep an accurate roster of the Membership; and
    • Serves as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President;
    • Assumes the duties of the President in the absence of the President and the Vice President of Contractual Affairs (i.e., serve as “Second” Vice President);
    • Serves as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;

    Site Representatives – 1-year terms (based on formula in the LTA Bylaws, currently = 2 per elementary site, 4 at LMS, 1 at SpEd preschool, and 1 for TOSAs, for a total of 16 positions) [members of the Representative Council]:

    • Conduct constant and ongoing liaison between the Representative Council and Active members at the school site;
    • Serve as the official channel through which written communications and publications can be easily and quickly transmitted between the Association and the Active members;
    • Represent the views and the input of the Active membership in votes taken in the Representative Council, conducting frequent and regular polls of such membership for this purpose; and
    • Perform such additional duties as prescribed by the Executive Board.
    • Stipend = $200/yr.
    1. A Timeline for Elections shall include the following:
      1. Announcement of vacancy(ies) and term(s) of office using a method that will ensure each
member is aware of the opportunity to file a declaration of candidacy;

    Announcement = Mon, 5/2/16

    1. At least fifteen (15) calendar days between the announcement date of the vacancy(ies) and the
date of the election;

    Election = Mon, 5/23/16 – Wed, 5/25/16 (21 days after announcement of vacancies)

     

    1. Place, time and date of receipt (date received, not date postmarked) for declaration of 
candidacy forms;

    Written declarations of candidacy must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4:00 pm on Fri, 5/13/16

     

    1. Final date to acknowledge candidates’ declaration of candidacy;

    Candidates will be announced on Fri, 5/13/16, no later than 8:00 pm, via the LTA website

     

    1. Date for preparation of ballots;

    Ballots will be prepared on Fri, 5/13/16

     

    1. Date on which ballots will be distributed;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Tues, 5/17/16

     

    1. Date by which to request a ballot;

    Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Thurs, 5/12/15. Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 5/14/16, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline

     

    1. Date(s) when voting will take place;

    Voting will take place on Mon, 5/23/16 – Wed, 5/25/16

     

    1. Deadline date (date received, not date postmarked), time and place for return of ballots;

    Completed ballots must be must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4:00 pm on Wed, 5/25/15. Mail-in ballots must be delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4:00 pm on Wed, 5/25/16

     

    1. Date, time and place where ballots will be counted, which should be immediately following the 
deadline for receipt of voted ballots;

    Ballots will be counted on Wed, 5/25/16 at 4:30 pm at Jefferson Elementary

     

    1. Date that announcement of results shall be made to leadership, candidates, members, and 
posted at each work site, which date shall be not later than five (5) calendar days following the 
counting of ballots;

    Results will be posted on the LTA website on Wed, 5/25/15, no later than 8:00 pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Thurs, 5/26/16

     

    1. Dates and timelines for run-off election, if necessary; and

    Run-off election (if necessary) = Tues, 5/31/16 – Thurs, 6/2/15

    Run-off ballots received/counted = Thurs, 6/2/16, 4:30 pm

    Run-off results announced = Thurs, 6/2/16, no later than 8:00 pm

     

    1. Deadline for filing of challenges to initial election and run-off if held (date received, not date
postmarked).

    Written challenges must be filed by Thurs, 6/16/16 at 8:00 am with by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary.

     

    1. Procedural Components should include the following:
      1. Method by which Declaration of Candidacy(ies) are submitted (mail, hand delivered, fax);

    Declarations of candidacy must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4:00 pm on Fri, 5/13/16. Declarations may be submitted via e-mail or hand delivery (10 days after announcement of run-off results)

     

    1. Procedure for distributing election guidelines/rules to candidates;

    Election guidelines and rules will be posted on the LTA website and at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards

     

    1. Campaign statement of candidates (decide on limit of number of words, and what to do if limitation is exceeded);

    Candidate statements will be limited to 50 words or less. In case a candidate submits a statement exceeding 50 words, only the first 50 words will be included on the Candidates’ Statement sheet

     

    1. Method of distribution of ballots;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Tues, 5/17/16. Non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps will make ballots available to members during non-contract hours before school, at lunch, and after school on Mon, 5/23/16 – Wed, 5/25/16

    Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 5/14/16, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by 4:00 pm on Thurs, 5/12/16. Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251]

     

    1. Whether declarations of candidacy must be accompanied by a campaign statement, or whether the statement will be solicited later. If later, a deadline date must be established;

    Declarations of candidacy must be accompanied by a campaign statement of no more than 50 words, and submitted by the Fri, 5/13/16, 4:00 pm, deadline

     

    1. Provision for elections committee chairperson or designee to be present to receive declaration of candidacy by filing deadline;

    Ann Chaffey will be available to receive declarations of candidacy 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm on Fri, 5/13/16, at Jefferson Elementary. Declarations may be submitted prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery

     

    1. Announce that the names are to be listed according to CTA alphabet;

    Names will be listed according to CTA alphabet

     

    1. If not provided in governance documents, election will be decided by majority vote. If a candidate does not receive a majority vote, a run-off election shall be conducted between the candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The names on the ballot will be one (1) more than the number of vacancies to be filled.

    link to full LTA 2016-2017 Elections TImeline


  • Contract Negotiations, 2016-2017

    Every year, bargaining begins with “sunshines” – each party publicly announces which articles of the contract they will be opening for negotiations.  This year, the Lennox Teachers Association sunshined first, at the April 26 School Board meeting.  There will be an opportunity for public comment on the LTA sunshine at the next School Board meeting, May 10.  The Lennox School District will sunshine their articles at the May 10 School Board meeting, and their will be an opportunity for public comment on the district’s articles at the May 24 School Board meeting.

    For the 2015-2016 school year, LTA makes the following conceptual proposals to reopen negotiations:

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    Bargaining unit member compensation and benefits shall be increased to attract and retain education professionals who can foster the success of students and are invested in the Lennox community.

    and:

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    The work year and workday of bargaining unit members shall reflect the needs of all stakeholders (students, teachers, the district, the community).

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    The district shall maintain low class size averages at all schools and establish class size maximums for the benefit of students.

    ARTICLE 21: SPECIAL EDUCATION

    The district shall establish caseload maximums for special education services and increase unit member input in the district special education program.

    link to the full text of the LTA 2016-2017 Sunshine


  • 2016 LTA Scholarships

    The Lennox Teachers Association is pleased to announce two scholarship opportunities for Lennox students!

    The LTA Mary Davis Scholarship
    • Named for long-time School Board member and reading advocate, Mary Davis.
    • Four $100.00 scholarships to purchase books for summer reading and high school.
    • Open to all 8th graders attending Lennox Middle School.
    • Award recipients will be notified in June 2016, and awards will be presented at the Lennox Middle School end-of-the-year award ceremony.

    application

    flyer

     

    The LTA College/University Scholarship
    • Two $1,000.00 scholarships to help with college/university expenses.
    • Open to all high school seniors (regardless of legal residency status) who graduated from Lennox Middle School and are currently living within the Lennox School District boundaries.
    • Students must be in good standing and must be enrolled in a college/university by the Fall of 2016.
    • Criteria for selecting award candidates will include academic and leadership achievements.
    • Award recipients will be notified by mid May 2016, and awards will be presented at recipients’ high school end-of-the-year award ceremonies.

    application

    flyer

     

    All applications are due Friday, April 29, 2016, mailed to:

    LTA Scholarship Committee
    Lennox Teachers Association
    P.O. Box 2231
    Hawthorne, CA 90251

    Attached are the applications for each scholarship, as well as flyers you can post to help publicize the scholarships. Please help spread the word and encourage eligible Lennox students to apply!

    Lennox Teachers Association
    Supporting Teachers, Supporting Students