TALB Update: Saturday, April 2, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, April 2, 2022

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

TALB Members! Stop on by TALB from 2:00-5:00 p.m. – Pick up a shirt and take a poster to go
RSVP for our sign making party!
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ the TALB office | Tuesday 4/5 & Wednesday 4/6
4362 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach

We’ll have pizza @ 5:00 and soft drinks.

RSVP with Veronica Castillo – vcastillo@talb.org

If you are making a sign at home, send us a picture! Send to Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Bargaining Date Calendared! Wear Red on Friday, April 8!
The lead negotiators for TALB & LBUSD will meet to discuss next steps. Hopefully, whole team sessions will be planned for after Spring Break. The team appreciates your continued support!

*** Rally / Protest @ next Board of Education meeting, Wednesday, April 13 @ 5:00 p.m. ***

TALB Bargaining Team
Corrin Hickey – Bargaining Chair, Lakewood HS Good Afternoon, 
Gerry Morrison – McBride HS
John Kane – Jordan HS
Julie McCall – Nelson MS
John Solomon – MacArthur ES
Kevin Quinn – Los Cerritos ES
Maritza Summers – Mann ES
Sybil Baldwin – CDC
Maria Garcia – HS

Taking “Wear Red for Ed” photos? Please send us your pictures. vcastillo@talb.org

California teacher pay is not keeping up with inflation. 

Inflation and rising home prices are biting into teacher pay in California. Average teacher pay in California public schools rose to $85,856 in the 2020-21 school year, an increase of 1.6% from 2019-20, new state data show. By comparison, inflation rose by about 5% from May 2020 to May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning that California teachers typically saw their real wages drop. Over the same period, typical home values in California rose by about 15% to $657,000, according to Zillow. Teacher pay was highest in Silicon Valley’s Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, where teachers earned, on average, about $145,200. A quick way to adjust pay for cost of living is to calculate the difference between average teacher salary and the cost of the typically priced home. A teacher making $145,200 in Mountain View would have a hard time buying the median-valued home in Santa Clara County, which cost about $1,560,000 at the end of 2021, according to tracking firm Zillow.com. By that metric, the best-off teachers are in the small community of Tulelake in Modoc County, where average pay last year was $75,027 and the typically valued home cost about $163,000. The toughest place to be — by that metric — is the Ravenswood City Elementary district in San Mateo County, where the average pay is $74,400 but the typically priced home cost about $1.67 million. (Full Story)

Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, April 14.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info

REAC Newsletter –
Erin Mendez – Minority At Large Director
Envision Equity Grants
Learning and Leadership Grants
Student Success Grants

Thinking of hanging up your saddle? 

There are many things to consider when retiring. Your first step is CalSTRS. Go to calstrs.com and create an account. The website has different tools to give a ball park estimate on your pension benefits. For more accurate data you need to make a “one on one” with a CalSTRS counselor.

Individual Benefits Planning Session

Explore your CalSTRS benefits and services with the help of a CalSTRS benefits specialist in a confidential, one-on-one setting.

  • Your personalized CalSTRS benefit estimates.
  • Beneficiary options and how to leave a lifetime benefit to your loved ones.
  • How to purchase service credit and what happens to your unused sick leave.
  • Concurrent retirement—retiring from more than one California public retirement system.
  • Considerations pertaining to health benefits, Medicare and Social Security.

For available session dates and times, simply call 800-228-5453 and select option 3.

When should I let the District know I’m going to retire?
Ideally, as soon as possible. We know that making the decision to retire can be hard and very personal. Some folks want to retire and go quietly in the night, with little or no fanfare. Others want to shout their retirement from their rooftops and dance! You can submit your retirement paperwork electronically to the District and not have it be publicly disclosed until after school is out for the summer. This helps the District plan for your replacement, but more importantly, it may help one of your colleagues avoid the unnecessary anxiety and stress of potentially being displaced/transferred from your school site. 

COVID-19 Testing

Welcome Counselors & Psychologists to TALB!
You are not automatically a member. You must sign up.
If you are interested in becoming a member CLICK HERE
Representation, The Value of Membership, Leadership, and more!

Update your Beneficiaries
The cycle of life. Every year we have a few members pass. Your TALB/CTA/NEA membership provides a survivor’s benefit up to $6,000.00. Sadly, every now and again, we have a member pass who did not update their beneficiaries. We can only issue the benefit to the individual(s) listed on your survivor’s benefit form. Life comes at you fast. Relationships change. If you have any questions about your survivor’s benefit please call the office at 562-426-6433.

Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Starr King E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/4 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Hughes M.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/5 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Rogers M.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/6 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Roosevelt E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/7 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

LBUSD Board of Education Meeting | Wednesday April 14, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. Watch it LIVE!

Beer Club
Friday, April 29 @ 4:00 p.m.
Beachwood Brewing
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org

CTA Conferences & Grants

For full details and to apply for a grant, go to www.CTA.org/grants.

A little known benefit we have as educational employees in Los Angeles County is the Employee Assistance Service for Education program. EASE is a leading regional service that provides district staff and their families with the opportunity to assess and resolve their difficulties with the assistance of a professional counselor through an assessment and brief counseling service. EASE offers high quality, confidential assistance in:

  • Personal and family problems
  • Job-related issues
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Grief, loss and traumatic incidents
  • Worksite and phone consultations
All calls and consultations with EASE are confidential and will not be reported to the district, your school, or the Association. There is no reason to suffer in silence. If you feel you need assistance, please take advantage of this very important benefit by calling (800) 882-1341. A confidential counselor will be available to take your call.  More information is available on-line at https://www.lacoe.edu/Home/EASE

Trauma Resources
Reorienting to campus life has been challenging for students and staff. The pandemic has left invisible wounds and scars. There are 144 school days left in the 2021-22 school year. Do something for yourself, take care of yourself. We have a long road ahead.

~ Resources ~
Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Handouts
Behavior Change
Crisis Response Checklist
Cyberstalking/Cyberbullying Safety Tips
Health Habit Log
How To Be An Ally
Mindful Breathing Tips
Myths About Suicide
Suicide Warning Signs
Principles for “Trauma – Informed”
Recognizing Anxiety
Self-Esteem Inventory

Find Your Words
Depression & Suicide Support

Number Story
Resources on adverse childhood experiences (ACES), ideas for support, healing, etc.

Conscious Connections – Maggie Kline
Brain Changing Strategies to Trauma Proof our Schools

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar
Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Emotional Resilience and Thrive

Kaiser Mental Health Awareness Video
30 minute asynchronous training
Kaiser Mental Health Training Materials
Slide deck, Notice-Engage-Support model, conversation starters, mental health resources
Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute
Free monthly webinar, online training, train-the -trainer, public workshops, etc.
Trevor Project CARE (Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower) Training
An interactive and intensive training that provides adults with an overview of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and the different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide.
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