Thank you to all of our unit members who came to the School Board Meeting last night. You presence speaks volumes to the School Board and Superintendent.
Thank you also to our union brothers and sisters from Temple City, San Gabriel and Alhambra for supporting us by attending the meeting.
At the meeting, Bonifacio Garcia, general counsel to the Garvey School District, spoke to the Board about the Political Activities of Employees. He stated that members of the Association have the right to post political material on the designated bulletin board in the staff lounge. Association members also have the right leave the union endorsed political material on the staff lounge tables. Placement of these items must take place during non-duty time. (e.g., lunch, before and after the professional work day) District mailboxes are off limits.
These statements align with our position regarding our rights. They are also contrary to Dr. Johnson's "Cease and Desist" order. We hope a withdrawal of the “Cease and Desist” order will be forthcoming.
Dr. Johnson asked some specific questions.
She asked whether teachers can wear “Recall” buttons in the classroom during instruction.
- The answer was no.
She asked whether teachers can wear “No Confidence in the Superintendent” buttons in the classroom during instruction.
- There was no answer. Mr. Garcia stated he would have to research the issue.
She commented that parents sometimes use the staff lounges for meetings.
- Mr. Garcia stated that it doesn't matter. The Association members' rights remain unchanged.
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