We are the retired school employees affiliated with USEP, Florida Association, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, and the NEA.
United School Employees of Pasco Retired is dedicated to protecting our retirement and heath benefits and supporting public education. You have retired, but your union is still working for you! Protecting Pensions and Insurance-Working with the national
union, the state federation, and local, our chapter can help with threats to insurance and pension protections.
Networking-Affiliation with retiree advocacy groups extends your reach on retiree issues.
Preserving a Legacy-Retirees know first hand that working people and their unions continue to lead the way in making a more decent and just life for all Americans.
Dues are $19.00 for USEP-R, $30.00 for the NEA, and $11.00 for FEA for a total of $60.00 payable to USEP-R. You will automatically be a member of the AFT’s retiree unit without additional dues. There is also an opportunity to become a lifetime FEA/NEA member for $350.00. Members who choose this option would only pay the local dues of $19 each year. In addition, if you wish to be a Tiger Pride member, you need to pay an additional dues of $10.00 minimum per year payable to Tiger Pride.
USEP-R plans on having monthly meetings (second Friday of each month) to give all members a chance to stay up to date on the challenges facing USEP and will allow members to continue to be an active voice for education in Pasco
Lee Ogden-Vice President
Carl Waldron-Member At Large
Ethel Dumas-Educational Partnership
All meetings are held at USEP offices in Land O Lakes, FL
All meetings are the second Friday of the month at 10a-11:30a
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February 5, 2016 EBoard
February 12, 2016 General Meeting
March 4, 2016 Eboard
March 11, 2016 General Meeting
April 1, 2016 EBoard
April 8, 2016 General Meeting
May 6, 2016 EBoard
May 13, 2016 General Meeting
June 3, 2016 EBoard
June 10, 2016 General Meeting
July 1 , 2016 EBoard (alternate site)
July 8, 2016 No meeting scheduled
Summary of Previous Events/Meetings
In Attendance: Calvin and Nola Branche, Ken Carpenter, Karen Crowe, Linda
McMullen, Beverly Ledbetter, Pat Withers, Pam Perry, Andrew Lewandowski, Cathy
Mirenda, Gene Brumblay, Frank Weiss, Lee Ogden, Frank Roder, Janice Humphrey
and Linda Ruggieri
Frank called the meeting to order at 10:30. Phones were silenced. The pledge was
said and members present introduced themselves. We acknowledged January
Birthdays. Gene Brumblay went over how we give a round of applause for
birthdays. We clap in a circular motion. Our birthday people were Calvin Branche
and Dave Holmes, Cathy Jarvi and Frank Weiss.
Lee brought up the only concern of our members. It was the craziness of how the
new districts were formed and we should keep an eye on what is going on because
of it. Some of our legislators will probably move to their new districts. If they move
they will be able to be in office 10 years instead of 8. It was the luck of the draw
who would get what district depending on if they got an even or odd number. It was
brought up of course they have only our interest in mind.
The FEA President meeting is coming up on January 26, 2016. It was brought up at
the e-board meeting on January 8th that when Frank goes to the meeting he pays his
own expenses and we would like to give him $50 to help pay for some of the cost.
Karen brought up the motion to do so and Andrew seconded it. We voted and it was
approved to give Frank $50. Cathy will take care of that after Frank goes to the
meeting and brings back receipts showing he was there.
The next think that was discussed was the Jack Kinnaman Scholarship Fund. FEA
asked each local to donate $50 to the cause. Last year Gene took care of the whole
amount. This year we would like to have a motion to pay $50 to the Jack Kinnaman
fund so he could ring it to the meeting on January 28, 2016. Linda McMullen moved
that we do this and Andrew seconded it. It was voted on and approved. Cathy will
give Frank a check for $50 to bring to the meeting.
Frank directed the group to the minutes of our last meeting. Linda Ruggieri told the
group that they all received a electronic copy and I hard copy if they wanted it. A
motion to approve the minutes was presented it was seconded and approved.
Frank talked about the Youth Summit at the University Area Community Center on
1/23/16. They are expected 150 Middle and High School students to attend. They
will have workshops on Domestic Violence Human Trafficking, Internet Safety,
Bullying, Teen suicides, Std’s. Also presentations about students either going to
College or Full time employment and all kinds of things directed at students.
Frank was on a MORE conference call on January 7th for an hour and 10 minutes.
Presidents of the different retired locals were on that call. FEA is giving more
money this year to help improve membership in the retired chapters of the locals.
Arizona is not doing a MORE program. They sent out post cards to members that
have retired in the past 5 years or less. If member is interested they will call the
number on the post card so they can get more information and possibly join. They
then are put into a drawing to possibly win $100 gift card. Having the retirees call
us it helps us get a more accurate list and not call retirees who maybe have moved
or are deceased. Instead of each local sending out the post cards and handling the
mailings and making the phone calls. Todd will send it out for us from Washington
with our number on it and then the member would be calling us. In our discussion
of this it was decided is a very good idea. This will take a lot of stress off us and
they would get the return mail. On the call the Retired Union Presidents then
discussed the different things they did to get members.
It was decided in October 2015 that NEA union members must join their local
unions. Most lifetime members are members for the insurances that are available to
them. People do not realize that when then retire then lose NEA insurance unless
they continue their membership with NEA and local unions.
He gave us some Articles
1. Study Finds Unions Improve Teacher Quality, Lead to Lower Dropout Rates.
It did not get a lot of press. This study showed that schools that had
collective bargaining the good teachers stay on longer and the bad teachers
get knocked out earlier. They also found out that drop out rates are lower.
2. System to evaluate teachers needs complete overhaul. It shows how it is not
3. How Arne Duncan Reshaped American Education and Made Enemies Along
the Way. Arne Duncan alienated everybody. From both the right and the left.
He had a big impact on education. No child left behind, Race to the Top,
Common core state adoptions. There are 35 states that have common core.
Texas and Alaska have receded common core.
Read across America. This is about volunteers going into the schools and reading to
the students. Beverly will check with the schools in our county to see which ones
would be interested in. Karen brought up the fact that these people would have to
be registered volunteers in the county. They would have to contact the district
office to find out how to go about this.
Lee told us that she had email Kurt Browning in early December inviting him to
speak to our group. She has not gotten a response. She will follow up next week
after school starts up again. If you have any ideas about speakers please let Lee
Also Pasco County is looking for volunteers to judge the Pasco Regional Science and
Engineering Fair and the S.T.E.M.Fair.
It will be held at River Ridge High School and the dates are 2/13/16 and 4/23/16. If
interested please see Lee for forms. It is all done on I pad’s, there is no calculating
you just score and they do the rest.
Connected cities activity in Pasco north of Wesley Chapel over the next 50 years
they are going to be putting in 37000 residential units and adding 96000 people to
that swamp area. 7800 acres, 30% of the area is useable and the rest is a wetlands
and recharge area. It is between 52 and 54 east of Curley and Pasco Road. Senator
Simpson proposed this and he snuck it in at the end of the year. It takes all
regulation away from Swift mud and all the other people and it goes to the County
Commission. They will be the final authority.
The FEA membership report does not have the correct number of members for
USEP-R. We have 32 members but they have an incorrect number. We are working
to get that corrected. The FEA-R treasurer was hospitalized and is now retired.
USEP-R LIAISON MEMBER’S REPORT
Andrew told us about the meeting he attended at Saddle brook. They are working
on updating key concepts for USEP under the guidance of Lynn Caval and Kenny
Blankenship. They talked about possibly getting rid of the USEP website and going
to some more social media to get information out faster. Also a possible different
meeting place. Switching up meeting agendas getting members more involved.
Maybe we can get ideas for us.
We spoke about awards given by FEA to Local’s Retirement units. Although USEP-R
did not receive any awards, we thought we should discuss this at our regular
meeting so we can make people aware of the “Volunteer Hours” award so everyone
could fill out a report showing all the wonderful things everyone does and does not
get paid. Such as coming to our meeting, volunteering at different places, like Ruth
Eckerd, Humane Society or any other place you give your time. Andrew told us
about that the Northwest bus garage is passing around a petition to dissolve all SRP
relationships with USEP. He will keep us informed.
We also discussed FRS and the changes that the legislative bodies up in Tallahassee
want to change it to only investment. They want to do this because people usually
do not stay more than 5 years. Beverly asked they why don’t they look into why
people leave instead. Cal would like us to discuss how we would handle the
evaluation process. So maybe we could give them some ideas.
Kathy told us that Wendell Krinn had passed away and would get information to us
when she has it.
We talked about elections will be taking place in April and we need to encourage all
40 people here to vote. The speeches will be given in March. There will be a form
to fill out in February if interested in running for President, Vice-President,
Bookkeeper, and Secretary.
The election Committee must be people that are not running for office. Patti
Withers, Cathy Mirenda, Gene Brumblay and Pam Perry volunteered to be on that
Lee would like to investigate having a membership card for our USEP-R signed by
the President and Vice-President with our logo on it.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:57am
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Meetings are held at;
USEP Office Building
21322 Lake Patience Road
Land O' Lakes, FL 34638
Mailing address is;
PO Box 1098
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639