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Breakfast Club Still Out To Take Over SDEA

If the campaign flyer was to be believed, then Shane Parmely and her Breakfast Club were looking to create a more harmonious SDEA.  In reality, their promises of being transparent, of working for all members, and pushing to reunite SDEA were like make-up on a duck: under the lipstick and eye-shadow…it’s still a duck.

After the elections were over, one would expect the winners to be thankful, and the losers to be gracious.  I was hopeful…until I received this email sent by Shane, Michelle Sanchez, and the other leaders of the Breakfast Club:

(I’m taking out the names of all the winners/losers of the election…you can get those from the .SDEA website)

Email title:  BC Candidates Win Board Majority but Lose Presidency…For Now

Two years of work just paid off in a BIG way. Remember, two years ago, immediately after winning on a “No Layoffs, No Concessions” platform, our union leadership took a hard turn towards concessions, towards collaborating with the district, and away from transparency and democratic inclusiveness within our union. And two years ago, a grassroots group of rank-and-file SDEA members decided we were going to do whatever it took, for however long it took, to take our union back.
Today, two years later, that finally happened. Based on the election results announced today, Breakfast Club reform caucus members will hold eight of the fifteen voting seats on the SDEA Board as of August 1. That’s a Board majority!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM BREAKFAST CLUB — that’s all of us who worked these elections over the past two years. GO TEAM US!
 But a good Board with a weak President can only do so much. We’ll have the votes to block bad ideas but we may not have the power and influence to move our good ideas forward.
So what’s next? Doing what union members do: enforcing our rights. The unfortunate truth is that SDEA’s incumbents broke the rules all over the place. We did not get the fair election we deserved. With full-time released President Bill Freeman using union-paid time to campaign round the clock since January, with incumbents accessing office resources to gain publicity and campaign on union time, and with incumbent slate supporters even using the union’s official web resources to promote their campaign, it’s pretty incredible that we pushed them to victory margins as slim as they were. We’ll be spending the next few days compiling the list of all of the campaign violations that occurred, and we may need your help, so keep an eye out.
And no matter what, all of us need to be pulling together and uniting behind our union’s bargaining campaign, or we can get ready to live under the worst contract we’ve ever seen. Fighting tooth-and-nail for a strong bargaining campaign is exactly what our new SDEA Board majority will be working towards, and we’re going to need every single one of you standing with us to make it happen. Union democracy and union organizing are not competing priorities. They are both crucial to a strong union, and that’s what we’re all about!
1) “Take Our Union Back?”  I thought we were ALL the union.  I don’t remember being asked if I wanted my union taken back…especially by people who have no respect for the membership.
2) “Go Team US.”  Looks like we’re not all part of their team.  I guess if you’re not in The Club, you’ll have to sit on the bench while they play all of the positions.
3) “A good board with a weak president.”  Lindsay hasn’t even taken the post and they’re already disrespecting the office. This is a woman who has worked tirelessly for our entire membership.  She has bargained on our behalf, and is working to get us a strong contract.  She (and others) were instrumental in saving over 1,500 jobs last year.  And that’s a sign of weakness?  She sounds stronger than Superwoman.
4) “…our new Board Majority…”  “..we may not have the power to  move our good ideas forward.”  I thought this campaign was to unite the membership.  It seems that the Club is still working with an Us Versus Them mentality.  Expect to see unpopular motions being passed through willy-nilly.  And, who’s to say what is a “good idea?”  People who wanted  YOU to lose your job?  No thanks.
5) “…Lose [the Board] Presidency…For Now.”  This is the most insidious, most heinous part of their message.  The Clubbers now have a chance to work for real reform.  They had the chance to show they really meant to work together.  So of course their new focus is…searching for perceived campaign violations in order to force a challenge to the seats they lost.  I seem to remember last year they went after people in the aftermath of elections…and ended up costing our members over $40,000 in funding.
And they have the nerve to tell us we all need to be “pulling together” behind our bargaining campaign.  Which is being led by Lindsey Burningham, our new President…you know, the one they think is “weak.”
Watch out, SDEA members.  The Breakfast Club has blinded you with their lies of solidarity and cooperation.  Their mission is and always has been to create a climate of fear and division.  And with a board majority, they are now able to push through their own agenda, no matter how bad or ill-conceived it may be.  Be vigilant, lest you fall victim to their machinations.
I’m Dennis Schamp and I approve this message.  These are the musings of me, myself, and I.  I do not represent any other person or group.  And I most certainly do NOT support any decisions pushed through by a group of people who do not have our membership’s best interests at heart.  

Targeted Campaigning the Bane of Breakfast

More whining from the Breakfast Club in our current SDEA election campaign.  In another attempt to throw a dark shroud over the Strength and Unity Team of candidates, the Clubbers are now complaining about that “most evil” of actions:

Targeted Election Campaigning!  (cue ominous music).

From their latest email:

No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke. The self-named “Team Unity” incumbent slate appears to have sent campaign postcards to laid off teachers from 2012—and ONLY the laid off teachers— at schools all over the District, touting themselves as the people who “negotiated and voted to save your jobs.”

And the level of caring…hello…hello…anyone there?  Looks like the only people who care are the members of the Breakfast Club.  Because…?  They didn’t think of it first?  They realize that the info on the card is true?

Targeted campaigning has been done for decades.  I receive campaign flyers from candidates all the time during elections.  Many of them are directed at just my area, some are focused on items that specifically affect me and my family.  You don’t hear any of the mayoral candidates crying foul at this practice.

Oh, no.  Only the members of the Breakfast Club are upset.  Because it throws another big monkey wrench in their plan to take over SDEA.

One Breakfast Club candidate seems to take it rather personally:

Seat 5 candidate (and laid off teacher) Matthew Schneck writes in his blog post, “That doesn’t seem very ‘uniting’ to me. In fact, it seems like they’re exploiting the same divisions they created with the way they mishandled the concessions bargaining back in 2012.

Actually, it is just the opposite Matthew.  This information is very uniting.  It helps to unite the membership against your slate of candidates.  Because most, if not all, of the Club’s slate of candidates were HEAVILY INVOLVED IN CAMPAIGNING AGAINST SAVING 1,500 JOBS!  Or, don’t you remember that little fact?

And the “mishandled concessions” bit?  Exactly how did they do that?  Let’s see…We all kept our jobs, our reinstatements are coming back on schedule, our furlough days are coming back on schedule, the  board of education actually returned one furlough day early…all of the items in our negotiation with the district are coming true.

What exactly did you, Shane, Michelle, and the other Breakfast Clubbers do for our membership?  Oh, I remember – You Tried To Get Me Fired From My Job.  Me, and 1,499 other members.

Sadly, you need to look in the mirror.  It is you and the members of the Breakfast Club who are dividing our union.  Your heavy-handed tactics, your innuendo-based campaign posts, and your public negativity to all that our members do and stand for is beginning to take its toll.  Your actions are absolutely dividing our union into an unprecedented two-party state.

When will you and yours realize that your actions are not what are good for the ENTIRE membership? When will you and yours learn that sitting on the sidelines, watching and waiting, and complaining about every little thing that doesn’t go your way is NOT what is good for the ENTIRE membership?

Based on some of the responses to your group’s diatribes at recent rep council meetings, I hpe and pray that, in the next few weeks,  we’ll see the answers.

VOTE STRENGTH AND UNITY!   http://sdeducatorsunited.org/

I’m Dennis Schamp and I approve this message.  These are the musing of me, myself, and I.  I do not speak for any other person, group, or breakfast food.  However, I highly recommend the scones at Intermezzo Cafe/Apple Spice Junction in Hazard Center.  They are to die for!

SDEA Board Already Under the Influence of Waffles

For those who may not know, I lost my bid for re-election to the SDEA Board of Directors this past spring.  That’s fine – I don’t mind giving someone else the opportunity to get active and advocate for our membership.

However (you knew there would be one), our BOD is slowly being infiltrated by The Breakfast Club.  Frankly, that makes me worried – and you should be too.

We’re entering a contract negotiation year.  Next spring, we’ll be voting on a brand new contract.  And, while the district will be receiving more and more funding in the coming years, their CFO will continue to tell tales of financial ruin and woe, while advising the SDUSD Board to keep us from our well-deserved due.  That includes our hard-won and hard-kept fully paid health care.  The decisions of our union BOD will become even more critical.  They will – they MUST – work for the good of ALL members, not just the minority factions.

Sadly, at my last board meeting on 6/14, it was already clear the the Breakfast Club’s minions on the SDEA Board are already going to work towards the lesser good.  It seems, based on discussion during the day, that the people who were elected have been given strict instructions to push the Waffle line in all measures and matters.

At one point in our day, we were asked to break out into area groups and discuss what we felt were the priorities for the board for the coming year.  Before we could even get introductions out of the way, newly-elected Area 3 Seat 8 officer Stephanie Marble immediately began touting the Breakfast Club line.  Every conversation within our group was countered with (in various ways), “Well, here’s how the Breakfast Club would do this…”   Every. Single. Time.

How was this made possible?  How did so many waffles make it to SDEA’s sanctum santorum?  Not by any majority vote, that’s for sure. They were elected through apathy.  They were elected because our membership just doesn’t care who sits on the board, as long as they get what they want.  In Area 3, there are approximately 700 members who could have voted.  In the first round, less than 100 cast their ballots.  That’s just sad, people.

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m frightened of my future.  If you think back to last year’s heated discussions on our MOU with the district that saved over 1,500 jobs, you’ll remember that The Breakfast Club was adamantly against it.  They shouted it down during rep. council meetings.  They peppered our BOD meetings with naysayers and doom casters.  They held up signs on the day of voting.  And when it finally passed, with a 2-1 margin, did they actively embrace the change and work towards the common good?.

No – they initiated a series of failed recall petitions,  because WE had voted the amendment into existence.  Of course, they completely ignored the fact that almost 3,400 members voted to pass the changes that saved our jobs, and decided that the BOD was to blame.  Their ME ME ME attitude was detrimental then, and it’s even more so now.

They’ve tried to thwart the good work done by SDEA all year long.  And now, they’ve gone from 2 BOD seats to 5…maybe six (I’m still not sure about one of the new members).  And while their budget decisions must be brought to rep council for approval…well,  you’ve seen/heard how that goes.  Even more syrupy commentary, designed to accuse, derail, and destroy our future.

Unions thrive on solidarity.  We’re one of the strongest in the state.  But the constant distractions by the Club will become our downfall.

What can you do?  Watchdog them.  Attend BOD meetings and questions every decision they make, every good deed they try to unravel.  Watch and hold them accountable when they deviate from the common good to focus on their subversive agenda.  Get your sites involved.  Heck – you could even take the leap to become your site’s Area Representative.  Or – dare I say it?  Run for election next spring.  There will be several more seats opening up come 2014.  Including President.

Do you want SDEA run by President Solidarity…or President Waffle?

I’m Dennis Schamp and I approve this message.  These are the musings of me, myself, and I.  I do not represent any other individual, group, or breakfast pastry.  Not even a tasty Eggo.  ‘Cuz I”m on a diet.

Teacher of the Year Supports SDEA Leadership

Thank Goodness for people Like Joey Lepetri.

Mr. Lepetri is the 12/13 Middle School Teacher of the Year, and a staunch supporter of SDEA.  He is a 17 year veteran teacher.  I wish I could get to know more people like him.

Recently, he created a flyer, outlining why he will NOT be signing any recall petitions.  I humbly share his viewpoints with you, in his own words:

Why I choose not to sign a recall petition: 

1) A recall will create dissension when we desperately need to work together.  A recall will divert our attention away from critical issues.  For example, we need to be unified to pass Prop 30 and defeat Prop 32 on November 6th. 

2) SDEA members spoke democratically last year.  We need to move forward in unity.  Even though I am sympathetic that there may be some hurt feelings and disappointment, we have a moral obligation to honor the election results. 

3) The tentative agreement was approved by over 3,000 members, not just the SDEA leadership. 

4) SDEA leadership received many emails from members as well as parents requesting that SDEA communicate and collaborate with the district to resolve the budget crisis in order to avoid layoffs, protect our classrooms, and keep our students safe. 

5) Many of the proposed recalls are targeting elected leaders who are in their final terms and cannot run again.  Others will have a chance to run at the appropriate time. 

As a teacher with 17 years in our district, I have chosen not to sign a recall for any SDEA Board members. 

Joey Lepetri

2012-2013 SDUSD Middle School Teacher of the Year. 

Thank you, Joey.  Not just for your service to our students, but to your commitment to our membership.  Hopefully, more people like you will take a stand and Just Say No.

I’m Dennis Schamp, and I approve this message.  

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