Mendocino County Federation of School Employees

Local #4345

Need a Rep? Contact the Shop Stewards!

Welcome Letter From the Executive Board

Dear Classified and Certificated Employees,

Congratulations on your new position here at the Mendocino County Office of Education.

As your union, we want to welcome you and tell you about the Mendocino County Federation of School Employees, AFT local 4345 (MCFSE).

Your union has advocated for MCFSE certificated and classified staff in the Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE) for many years! We represent you at the bargaining table during contract negotiations, as well as administer and enforce the contract to ensure that your working conditions are protected. We respond to your concerns and complaints and represent you in your employment relations with MCOE.

We extend an open invitation to attend any of our union-sponsored events! As you settle into your routine, we hope you will come to one of our union meetings or to a union sponsored event and consider getting involved.

Joining MCFSE is easy. Just fill out the membership form and mail it to or contact any one of the executive board members listed below.

We need your support to organize a collective effort and make MCFSE the best possible advocate for all MCOE certificated and classified employees in our community. We urge you to become an active member of you union today! Consider running for or holding office to better represent all MCOE certificated and classified staff. Only members can run for office or vote in our elections, and there is no better time than now to get involved as elections will be held soon for a new slate of officers for MCFSE, AFT local 4345.

You union is here to help you. Any time you have a question or problem, please reach out to any one of us and we'd be happy to help!

Contract Highlight!

Part of our contracts covers when we work over our contract hours. I know all of us have been putting in time outside of our hours to try to get our jobs done. The specific verbiage is below:

Classified: Overtime is defined to include any time worked in excess of eight (8) hours in any one day and in excess of forty (40) hours in any calendar week, whether such hours are worked prior to the commencement of a regularly assigned starting time or subsequent to the assigned quitting time. Daily overtime may be waived with the concurrence of both the employee and MCOE. In the event of a flex schedule, overtime is paid for hours in excess of forty (40) in one week.

Certificated: When a unit member has performed related duties in excess of fifteen (15) hours in a school year the unit member shall immediately notify his/her supervisor in writing. Any time beyond twenty (20) hours must be authorized in writing in advance by the supervisor in order to be eligible for equivalent off-duty time or be compensated at the prorated per diem rate.

Below is a tool to help you track your extra time to help you advocate for yourself. Of course, your shop steward and the rest of the executive board are here to help you. Each month you will get a reminder email to fill this out. You will then receive an email back with the hours you tracked. Utilize this in your conversations with your supervisors.

Overtime Hours Documentation

Michael Nemeth

Union President

Sky Shorba

Vice President of Classified

Kimberly Barden

Vice President of Certificated

Melinda Maxwell


Nina Ravitz

Shop Steward

Craig Perry

Classified Staywell Representative

Jasmine Zartman

Certificated Staywell Representative

Terry Elverum

CFT Field Representative