Q. #1 How do you leave a message for any number of CUEA officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
Generally, you may call the CUEA office anytime at (949) 900-2280 . Julie Gallups will direct your calls between the hours of 9:00 and 5:00, but after hours you may leave a voice mail message for any of the CUEA Officers, CTA Executive Staff, or office staff. Your message will be handled during the next business day.
First dial (949) 900-2280 . The automated system will tell you to dial the voice mail extension at any time during the message.
For specific email addresses and/or phone extensions, please go to the
"Contact Information Page".
Q. #2 What procedures do I need to follow when returning from an "Unpaid Leave"? ( See more on "Leaves")
If you are returning from an unpaid leave of absence, be sure to fill out a new CUEA membership form. Your membership was automatically dropped when you went on an unpaid status. Ask your CUEA Building Rep, email or call the CUEA office (949) 900-2280 for a new form.
Also, a lot of California Teachers Association (CTA) members assume that their voluntary Disability Insurance coverage from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) will be automatically reinstated when they return to work from an extended leave of absence. Unfortunately, that may not be the case. Because your Disability Insurance is a voluntary benefit sponsored by CTA, your district may not automatically notify The Standard that you are back at work.
The good news is reinstating your Disability Insurance with The Standard is easy. Once you know the date you will return to work, call The Standard’s CTA Customer Service team at 800.522.0406. Tell the Customer Service Specialist that you will be returning to work after a leave of absence and you wish to reinstate your Disability Insurance. The Customer Service Specialist will send you a brief form to complete and send back to The Standard.
It’s important to notify The Standard as soon as you know your return to work date, because:
If you return your reinstatement form to The Standard within 120 days of your first day back at work, you do not have to provide proof of good health.If you wait to reinstate your Disability Insurance, you might end up with a lengthy gap in your coverage.
Call The Standard’s CTA Customer Service Department at 800.522.0406, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific time to get your Disability Insurance reinstated once you know your return to work date. After you return to work and send in the reinstatement form, be sure to check your pay stub to confirm that premiums are being deducted from your paycheck.
Q. #3 How do you file a claim for liability insurance coverage with the NEA sponsored Educators Employment Liability program?
If you are involved in any situation which you believe is covered by the EEL program, notify CUEA immediately. In an emergency, contact CTA Member Benefits directly at (650) 697-1400 and ask for Member Benefits. Also get more information here on the CUEA website.
Q. #4 What do you regarding substitutes when you know you are going to be absent?
If you know ahead of time that you will need a substitute, it is best to call that person yourself and set up the date. You will still need to call or login to the automated sub service , however by calling your sub ahead of time, you've assured yourself that a known substitute will be covering your class(es). If you don't have a sub, the automated service will attempt to find a sub for you. Continue logging in to verify that a sub has been found.
Office Managers at each school site should have a list of substitutes with home phone numbers and ID numbers. Many time office managers copy off the list for their teachers.
Q. #5 How am I represented as an individual teacher to the Association
Representatives are locally elected at the school sites and meet twice monthly for Association business (more details).
Q. #6 Are there any special programs for new teachers ?
The New Teachers Workshop and the Temporary Teachers Workshop held in the fall of each year. ( more details).
Q. #7 Are there any committees that I might become involved in ?
In addition to running for election for any of the Association offices, there are many committees and members needed to run them. See our list.
Q. #8 Where is the CUEA office located ?
The Capistrano Unified Educators Association offices are housed in Aliso Viejo near Aliso Niguel High School on Aliso Creek Road. Click to see address and hours
Q. #9 What does the Longevity Bump mean in the payroll schedule?
Recently a member asked when we would see that “year we lost” restored. The reference was to a negotiated settlement in which we were able to compact our salary schedule down to 23 steps from 24 steps to reach the maximum salary. This happened in 2006-07 for the 2006-08 contract, and has caused a tremendous amount of misunderstanding since. So we thought an explanation was timely, as the beginning of the year is typically the time of year that these questions come up.
The goal of a bargaining unit is to earn the top salary as soon as possible. Members used to ask us to “add steps” to the schedule, because they thought that would be an improvement. Actually, the fewer steps it takes to reach maximum the better, because it impacts and enhances your retirement benefit. Some districts with greater maximum salaries require 30 years of service to get there. So, when we bargained to compact to 23 steps, it was a real win, and we were applauded by surrounding district bargaining teams at the time.
So, how did this affect you? You did NOT lose a year. If you started with the district after this was bargained, your years of service correlates to the name of your salary step. But if you were employed prior to that year, your salary step no longer reflects your years of service. For example, if you have worked for the district for 18 years, you are on salary step 17 (the old 18), but your district years of service is 18; if you have worked for the district for 24 years, you are on step 23 (the old 24). What happened was the steps received, in essence, new names. You did not lose a year – your step was just renamed.
If you hired into CUSD before the change in 2006-07, you are still receiving the maximum salary in 24 years (as it was when you hired in). But if you have been hired since, you will receive your maximum salary in only 23 years. It benefitted the district and our new members as a hiring tool going forward from 2006-07. It did not change anything for the rest of us.