Vote for NEA and CTA state council – and fast!

Please take the time to vote for EDU candidates for the annual gathering of
the National Education Association (NEA) and to represent you for three
years on the CTA State Council! Your ballot should be mailed by Saturday,
March 23rd… at the latest! Your support helped strengthen EDU in our
local elections last spring. Your vote will help send social justice
educators to our state and national affiliates.
Thank you for your support.
Lita Blanc

*Green sheet*…* vote on scantron*

NEA CTA-3 year term
CTA- alternate

4. Andy Libson 29. Lita Blanc
12. Darlene Anaya 30. Andy Libson
16. David Russitano 36. David Russitano
17. Lisa Gutierrez Guzman 37. Lisa Gutierrez Guzman
18. Maria Lourdes Nocedal 38.. Maria Lourdes Nocedal
19. Rose Curreri 39. Rose Curreri

48. Rose Curreri

*Blue Sheet – NEA* ( Yes, you can vote for the same people again. An
individual who wins on both ballots will cede one spot to an alternate)

Darlene Anaya and Lisa Gutierrez Guzman

Larry Orloff Suddenly Removed From Election Committee

Larry Orloff has been on the UESF Election Committee since 2009. In the subsequent election cycle, President Kelly left his name off the list of prospective Election Committee members. The other Election Committee members rebelled and said they would refuse to be on the committee unless Larry were considered for reinstatement. And he was reinstated.

The Election Committee has consisted of six retired teachers who have developed a camaraderie had an enjoyable experience, and got their work done. This year (after many years of donated service) four of the people decided to resign from the committee. This left two members, including Brother Orloff.

When the position of Election Committee chair recently became available, it would have been natural for President Kelly to ask Brother Orloff to serve, as he is the last remaining member of the recent Election Committee core. However, President Kelly is seeking to appoint Liz Conley as the chairperson, despite the fact that she has no experience in running elections. At the same time Pres Kelly has sought to drop Brother Orloff entirely from the Election Committee. President Kelly didn’t even inform Larry Orloff that he was removing him. Instead, he had Sister Conley call him and inform him that Pres. Kelly was removing Orloff from the committee.

The reason that President Kelly is using for the attempted dismissal of Brother Orloff is that someone sent EDU envelopes and election flyers to Brother Orloff at the UESF office using SFUSD mail. This reasoning clearly seems like a ploy to get rid of Brother Orloff as he did not himself violate any UESF or election rules.

At the UESF Conference this past Saturday, March 2, 2013, President Kelly engaged in a conversation with Brother Orloff in which he agreed that being in a caucus was not a reason for dismissal.

UESF bylaws specifically state in Article 1V, Section 2: “At the March Assembly meeting, after nominations have been closed, the president shall appoint an Election Committee, subject to the approval of the Assembly”

We should act in the best interest of the Union and our members. This means keeping members who have served many donated hours on the EC, have been dedicated to their work and have no reason to be removed suddenly.

President Kelly appears to wish to remove Brother Orloff ahead of the appropriate review by the UESF Assembly @ its March meeting. We believe this is a partisan move and is not in the best interest of UESF.

Educators for a Democratic Union

EDU wins delegate seats for CFT convention

On March 15, delegates from educators’ unions around the state will meet in Sacramento to debate, discuss and decide. EDU ran a slate of candidates for delegate positions to this convention. We won 5 seats. Download information on the convention here.

EDU won our fifth seat in a tie breaker.  Some thoughts from our members on the election:

I almost did not hand in the last ballot given to me by my colleague at 3pm last Monday! As she handed it to me, she smiled and said, “I voted for you!” I had to cancel my parent/teacher conference meeting and drive to the union office! That one ballot was crucial.

Congratulations to all EDUers. We are going to Sacramento on EDUers’ behalf!

Congratulations to all EDU candidates and thanks to all people who did flyering. Tom, Darlene, Lita, Lisa GG, and Maggie were elected as official delegates to the CFT convention. Only about 550 people voted.

Thanks to all UESF members who supported our candidates in this election and helped spread the word.