In this video, you’ll hear from Melissa Saunders and Cy Hiyane, who both serve on our ACE School Psychologist Organizing Committee. Melissa and Cy discuss important updates about the work they’ve been doing since filing for union recognition back in June. Through engagement with their school psychologist colleagues, they’ve identified three main areas for improvement in CUSD, which include a healthier/work life balance, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and a competitive salary. We’re so proud of this work, and a huge thanks to Cy and Melissa for stepping up to improve our Clovis Unified schools!
The Association of Clovis Educators (ACE) filed its third unfair labor practice charge (UPC) today at the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) against the CUSD administration for continued and new violations of state law that govern the rights of certificated education employees to unionize without interference or coercion from administration. The latest violations involve the CUSD police chief, Jerry Inchaurregui, sending a threatening email statement using his official CUSD email address to a prominent ACE leader. See UPC #3 here (PDF).
ACE Organizing Committee members met with CUSD Executive Cabinet today to address IA shortages, expand substitute coverage, ensure COVID leave and improve transparency.
ACE committee members and Clovis educators speak about how CUSD administration’s control of the Faculty Senate harm our ability to make needed improvements in our schools.
On August 20, 2021, after reviewing ACE’s request for injunctive relief and CUSD' s objections to it, the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) granted ACE’s request. On August 25, 2021, representatives from ACE and CUSD met with PERB in an Informal Settlement Conference. Efforts were made to settle the issues raised in the appeal for injunctive relief, but no resolution was reached. The next step is PERB will move forward in seeking an injunction against Clovis Unified in the Fresno County Superior Court. The Superior Court will either grant or deny the request for injunction. If granted, an injunction will be issued by the Superior Court against CUSD. See full ACE Injunction 101 Explainer here (PDF).
The California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB, the state agency that oversees labor laws for certificated education employees) has reviewed both unfair labor practice charges filed by ACE, investigated the claims, and has agreed that reasonable cause exists to find that CUSD has violated the law in multiple ways. PERB also concluded that because of the extreme nature of the numerous unlawful practices alleged, it will take the extraordinary step of seeking an injunction from the Fresno County Superior Court to immediately cease CUSD’s unlawful conduct until final resolution of the Complaints against the District. See excerpted letters from PERB here (PDF).
The Association of Clovis Educators (ACE) filed for injunctive relief at the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) requesting an immediate order for CUSD to stop all efforts of interfering with Clovis educator’s rights to unionize. The anti-union campaign has included support and control of the CUSD faculty senate – used as a company union to undermine ACE, surveillance of educators and retaliation against ACE leaders. See the redacted version of the IR introduction here (PDF).
Leaders of the Association of Clovis Educators (ACE) Issues Action Team reached out to the executive board of the CUSD Faculty Senate (FS) asking them to join with ACE to call on CUSD administration to fix their mask exemption policy and make sure it follows important State and County public health guidelines. The letter to FS highlights the important opportunity to support all Clovis students, staff and the wider community. See the full letter here (PDF).
Leaders of the Association of Clovis Educators (ACE) Issues Action Team sent a follow-up letter to Barry Jager, CUSD Assoc. Supt. of Human Resources, reiterating Clovis educator concerns about the CUSD masking policy (at the time) and the potential to contribute to avoidable COVID outbreaks, risking student and community health and threatening to destabilize in-person instruction. The letter concludes requesting CUSD administration to follow State and County public health guidelines to mitigate the impact of COVID to protect all Clovis students, staff and community. See the full letter here (PDF).