El Segundo Teachers Association

CTA Union Code of Conduct

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 administration that criticize, or negatively speculate about, any union colleague.

I will settle my differences with colleagues within my 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.

An injury to one, is an injury to all...

Promoting Solidarity

When a conflict arises between ESTA members, it is important to utilize the behaviors that promote solidarity. Here are some steps to take to resolve both small and large conflicts.  Please be respectful by keeping the issue to yourself and not talking about it with other colleagues, while you are using these steps to resolve the issue.

ESTA Conflict Resolution Protocol

Step 1:  Decide        

Is the issue really an issue?

Put it through the following filter:

·    Are you assuming goodwill?

·    Ask yourself if you are having a bad day.

·    Is the issue going to continue to bug you?

·    Are you willing to work through the issue?

Step 2:  Invite

Approach member(s) and set up a time to discuss the issue.

Step 3:  Address

Face to face meeting to address the issue at hand.

·    Keep it professional and confidential

·    Use “I” statements to explain how this is affecting you

Step 4:  Determine

What is the next course of action?  If you are unable to agree/resolve the issue, then inform your ESTA Building Reps.  They are here for you and you can always approach them confidentially, even if the question or issue you have is minor.

Remember:  An injury to one, is an injury to all...

Behaviors That Promote


·    Adhere to the CTA Code of Conduct

Give people the benefit of the doubt

·    Respect each other’s feelings

·    Respect each other’s personality, age, place in life, years teaching and philosophical differences.

·    Use school site’s CFG Norms all the time (if applicable), not just in CFG meetings

·    Respect that we are forever in process and continuously learning in our professional careers

·    Be inclusive of all staff

·    Be helpful and supportive

·    Keep it professional

·    Recognize that everyone is doing their best

·    Deal directly with colleagues when problems arise

·    Remember to seek the advice of Union Reps before Administration

·    Keep your feelings/issue/concerns to yourself (talking behind people’s back causes divisions)