Second Lie: On a more recent mailer, click here, Lang states: “He [Alpay] voted for a $12 million employee golden handshake…paying for it by increasing class size.”
The Truth: The truth is that the Supplementary Retirement Plan (SRP) cannot legally be instituted unless it is shown to save the district money. The SRP saved the district close to a million dollars this year, over and above any costs related to the (SRP) and is estimated to save an additional $2.8 million dollars over the next five years. In addition, close to 140 teachers were returned to the classroom who might not have been otherwise.
The Mailer the link connects to is shown below:
Did CUEA altered the mailer-
The link included in the CUEA update sends readers to a mailer that includes:
Across the top: Proudly endorsed by the Republican Party! Not on the original mailer.
Endorsed by: Republican Party of Orange County, California Republican Assembly Lincoln Club of Orange County – none of these endorsements are on the original mailer.
The Second page does not even exist on the original mailer. The original mailer is shown below:
Steve Lang should file a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission- I do not believe that what the CUEA has done is legal or ethical.
The following is an e-mail dated January 5th, 2012 from Patricia Koch (assigned to by the Orange County Department of Education to oversee CUSD) to Wendy Benkert, Associate Superintendent, Business Services at the Orange County Department of Education.
Paragraph #2 states:
"They are starting to negotiate with CUEA next week beginning with a possible early retirement that would be tied to class size increases. They don't have the final numbers so this option is still in the air, but it would be a good strategy for starting negotiations. He is cognizant that additional revenues to schools are going to be dependent on the tax vote in November, so that they have to solve their note prior to the election. He says that relations with the teachers' association are very good right now. (I congratulated him on making the right guess about the trigger)."
Per CUSD's own reports the cost savings is due to not hiring replacements for the retired teachers. In addition, CUSD will need to fund this incentive/bonus at a rate of nearly $2.5 million per year which is will probably create a cash flow problem for the district.
Disclosure Timeline: In the e-mail Ms. Koch states: “They are starting to negotiate with CUEA next week. “The date of the e-mail is January 5th, 2012. Disclosure laws require negotiations to begin only after initial proposals have been made public- For CUEA negotiations should not have started until April, 25, 2012.
CUSD- Contract negotiations are continuous and on-going as evidenced by the fact that:
• The District pays the salary of Vicki Soderberg, President of the CUEA; but she is released from her teaching duties so that she can spend 100% of her time in the District Office advocating for the Teachers Union positions.
• The District pays the salary of Rhonda Whalen, President of the CSEA Local Chapter 224; but she is released from her normal duties so that she can spend 100% of her time in the District Office advocating for the CSEA positions.
Despite severe cuts to the budget, the Disrictt approved spending $30,000 on IBB training (Interest Based Bargaining training)- training to be a better contract negotiator. (See September 11, 2011 Board Meeting; Exhibit “D- Approval of the consultant agreement with Barber & Gonzales Consulting to provide Interest-Based Bargaining training for District and CSEA (classified) leadership for the facilitation of the negotiations process)
• In addition to having full time union representatives at the District lobbying for union positions. The Negotiating Unites for each of the employee groups meet with the District in the Closed Session of every Board of Trustees meeting.
The Approval of the Supplementary retirement plan was voted on at the January 25, 2012 Board Meeting Agenda Item #8
On page 126 of the agenda under Financial Implications, it states:
The District anticipates savings to the general fund to be no less than $600,000 in 2012- 2013 with continued savings generated out four additional years which accounts for the full cost of the fixed annuity. The total actual savings are dependent upon the number of employees opting to participate and their respective salary levels in comparison to lower replacement cost salaries, if applicable.
Have the CUEA document where they are getting their numbers from; not from the Board Agenda?
“The SRP saved the district close to a million dollars this year, over and above any costs related to the (SRP) and is estimated to save an additional $2.8 million dollars over the next five years.”The Board Meeting Agenda information is contained below: