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Meetings and Events

Board of Director & Membership Meetings


EDCEA, Local #1 has a Board of Directors (BOD's) that meet on a monthly basis along with EDCEA staff, on the first Tuesday of every month with occasional exceptions.  All meetings are held via Zoom.  


All MEMBERS are welcome to attend. To request a link to the meetings please email         


Meeting Minutes – 12/6/2022


ROLL CALL: Present: Marcia, Debbie, Alison, Byron, Yolanda, Cherie, Charity, Karen, Mary, Helen. Excused: Rebecca, Tracy, Ashaka.

SWEARING-IN OF NEW OFFICERS: Mary Luckel, VP-SLT, and Helen Keith, Secretary.



Byron moves to accept, Cherie seconded, motion passes.

MINUTES: November 1, 2022

Mary moves to accept, Debbie seconds, motion passes.

REPORTS OF PRESIDENT & OFFICERS—Separate handout, none

STAFF & COMMITTEE REPORTS—Separate handout, none



  • Thanksgiving member appreciation event

    • The event was an overall success.

    • We should think about making more site visits. The in-person visits were much appreciated.

    • A couple wins on the lottery tickets, biggest was $50 as far as we know.

    • Had three opt outs post-delivery, at least three fell prey to the anti-union letters.

  • Membership drive

    • We are using the Google Sheet to track membership drive contacts. Those who sign cards are highlighted at the top.

    • Look for those who have attended NEOs and make a second contact with them.

    • Look for blank spaces of empty contact info and try to fill them when you contact people.

    • Look through your department and notify Marcia if you see anyone who is no longer in that department and where they went. We need to note if they moved departments, retired, left, etc.

    • Need more people to start contacting and recruiting. Not a lot of recruits last month so need to step it up. Good chance of winning a gift card.

  • NEOS (New Employee Orientations)

    • Alison, Tracy & Cherie did the December 5th NEO

    • Snacks were an excellent idea, especially because other sessions were running long and it was right before lunch.

    • Contact sheet really filled up. 2 people signed cards and even those who did not sign cards filled out most of their contact information.

    • New employees were generally positive and inquisitive. Most seemed receptive and took the time to read their MOUs and ask thoughtful questions.

    • Marcia will send out a Google Sheet for signups for orientations.

    • Some NEOs say they want to wait to sign up until after their probation is over.

      • One strategy for this Byron mentioned is to set a calendar reminder for right after the end of their probation to do a follow-up contact.

      • Also mention to these folks that we are negotiating a new MOU in 2023 and if they aren’t dues paying members, they can’t vote and won’t have a say in the contents of the next MOU.

  • EDCEA Cell Phone

    • Cherie researched phone plan options using

    • Leading plan was Visible Wireless’s unlimited data with no contract at $30/month or $45/month depending on data speed. Visible also uses Verizon’s coverage network, which has the best coverage ratio in this area.

      • Mary moves to get the $30/ month plan with Visible. Alison seconds. Motion passes.

      • Debbie moves to allocate a maximum of $500 to purchase of a new cell phone for the EDCEA President, Alison seconds, motion passes. Aiming to have the new phone purchased by the new year.



Lanyard/Key Chain Purchase for NEOs

  • Estimate for purchase of 500 lanyards is $1,056.00. This amount should last a few years.

  • Byron moves to purchase the lanyards and allocate $1,100 to order 500 lanyards. Yolanda seconds. Motion passes.

Insurance Survey

  • Suggested sending out a member survey to ask which insurance the members would prefer.

  • Committee: Mary, Karen & Helen will work on putting together the insurance options survey. Bring back survey thoughts in January.

  • The County currently contracts with Alliant for insurance provision and comparisons, and this contract will be up for review by the Board of Supervisors in January. The plan is to protest their renewal of the contract without adequate consideration and cost comparison.

  • Reminder also that if our insurance costs more, the County uses the higher total package cost to justify keeping our paychecks low. All but 2 other counties in our class & comp study use CalPERS for insurance.

January/February BOD Planning Meeting Schedule

  • Cherie moves to have our Jan/Feb meeting on January 28th, Alison seconds. Motion passes. Meeting will be on 9AM, Saturday, January 28th, 2023.

  • Goal is to keep the meeting short. 1 hour for meeting, 1 hour for planning session. We plan to accomplish this by doing a lot of pre-planning and brainstorming via email.  

2022 Review/2023 Goals

  • Negotiations begin around June 2023. Focus in upcoming months should be on recruitment and site visits, connecting with members so we can come in strong.

  • One area to focus on in the new MOU negotiations is: clarifying the stance on teleworking agreements, snow day arrangements, and how to deal with building closures to close loopholes. Need to consider accommodations and compensation for those who work off site from county buildings and what happens for them when there are building closures.




Alison moves to adjourn, Cherie seconds, motion passes. Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.

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                   What is a Lunch & Learn Meeting? 

A lunch and learn meeting is an informal meeting that takes place over lunch and/or breaks. Members provide their own lunches, and . come to learn about specific issues.

Organizing Committee Defined

A strong organizing committee is the foundation for creating a powerful, democratic and active union. The organizing committee is the engine that drives the direction of any organizing efforts. The committee’s role is to motivate and unify the membership to take action for the betterment of all EDCEA members in El Dorado County.

2022 BOD Meeting Summary


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