California Associate Staff (CAS) is the exclusive bargaining entity for Associate Staff employed by the California Teachers Association. CAS was incorporated in 1971. CAS has the legal obligation to represent the interests of each bargaining-unit member while, at the same time, protecting collective interest.

CAS Governance Structure

EXECUTIVE BOARD
California Associate Staff has an Executive Board composed of four officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer), five members elected at large from the membership (Area Directors), and the immediate past president, ex officio, non voting. The Executive Board is elected from and by the general membership. Terms of office for the four officers are for one year and each officer may serve four consecutive terms in the same office. Terms of office for the area directors are for two years and each director may serve two consecutive terms. All Executive Board members’ terms commence September 1. Duties and responsibilities are those prescribed by the CAS Bylaws.

REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
The Representative Council is the policy making body of CAS which derives its power from, and is responsible to, the general membership. The reps act as the liaison between the members and the Council. The Representative Council meets in regular session 4 times a year. The term of office for reps is two years and each rep may serve two consecutive terms.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
All associate employees (excluding managerial, CSO, confidential and supervisory employees) employed by CTA are eligible for membership. All members have voting rights and are eligible to hold office as well as serve on any committee if recommended by the President and approved by the Executive Board. CAS is governed by its Constitution, Final Bylaws with revision 2-13 and 4-1-13, Final Standing Rules with revision 2017, and Articles of Incorporation.

Code of Conduct for Union Members

  • I will not criticize any union colleague except to the individual directly.
  • If any union colleague is being criticized in my presence, I will confront the criticism and ask that it stop.
  • I will not participate in any conversations with management that criticize, or negatively speculate about, any union colleague.
  • I will settle my differences with union colleagues within the union.
  • I will engage in debate, offer others every opportunity for debate and respect minority viewpoints, but I will observe and support the majority mandate of my union.
  • I will avoid actions that undermine the bargaining and contract rights of other unions in the workplace.
  • I will not perform the work of a worker who is off the job because he/she is taking a stand for the rights of workers to fair treatment and decent working conditions.