Doug Thiel hosting Retirement Seminar for faculty May 2017 (repeated in 2018 and well attended!)
As your union President, I do not consider it my job to get involved in politics or to advance any particular political agenda. My focus is on improving the benefits, safely and working conditions of the 1200 Full and Part-time faculty who serve nearly 30,000 students in our three community colleges. The only excursion into the political arena is your union’s work to help elect members to the Board of Trustees who will listen to faculty. These are candidates who run in a non-partisan election.
Your union has an official Flex Activity on all campuses this fall. Below are the dates and times...
Moorpark - AFT session is Wednesday 8/15 from 9-10:15 in CCCR. PT session is Thursday 8/16 6-7:30 also in CCCR.
Oxnard - AFT session is Wednesday 8/15 1-2:30 Room TBA (check the flex schedule)
Ventura - AFT session is Tuesday 8/14 4-6pm Room TBA announced (Dr. Gillespie/Bea Herrera will address safety concerns as part of this AFT session)
Your union president will attend all 4 of the above sessions. We will bring CFT complimentary items.Plan to attend and have coffee and tea with the AFT! Snacks will be provided at each session. All questions and concerns will be addressed and your union president will be available to chat after each session ends.
You are not alone in the workplace!!!
Note: As educators we are serious about learning. Take a few moments to go over the below benefits. Besides the below overview, you can visit the AFT member benefit page for expansive links to your services.
Security on the job
Post Janus your union will continue to be the collective bargaining unit for all faculty. But contract negotiations are only a part of security on the job. When a student makes a complaint, when there are issues with an evaluation, or with a tenure committee, injury on the job, payroll issues or the assignment of classes based on the part-time longevity list or other perceived mis-management… you will want to have individual attention and the support of your union’s Executive Council members. Whether it be the President, Chief Grievance Chair or any of the 2 VP’s at each campus, they want to be there for you. But in the post Janus era, these individualized services are paid for by union dues and reserved for union members.
Raoul Teilhet Scholarships for High School Students and Continuing College Students
The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study are eligible for $3,000 scholarships; those enrolled in two-year courses of study are eligible for $1,000.
Raoul Teilhet Scholarship applications and deadlines
Learn more about scholarships offered by the AFT and the AFL-CIO at http://cft.org/member-services/scholarships/national-scholarships.html.
Whereas, the 2016 electoral season included divisive rhetoric targeted at women, LGBTQ people, persons with disabilities, Muslims and other religious minorities, immigrants (both documented and undocumented), DREAMERS (Development, Relief & Education of Alien Minors” DREAM ACT), DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans), DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, and people of color;
Whereas, in light of the results of the 2016 election, the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers, AFT Local 1828 with nearly 1,400 faculty members teaching in the three colleges of the Ventura County Community College District has witnessed our students expressing, in both public and private, confusion, anxiety, fear for their physical safety and well-being, and concerns about their individual rights, all of which negatively impact the achievement of their educational goals;
Whereas, the mission of our colleges is to serve and support all students to achieve student success, and the core value of this student focus requires us to address the needs of students in our actions, work harmoniously, and show compassion;
And whereas, our DACA and DAPA students are in distress and fearful of imminent deportations by the newly elected U.S. President, and this is affecting their motivation to continue their education;
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers reaffirms its commitment, as a representative body of the VCCCD faculty, to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and safe learning environment for all students, free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, and fear,
Be It Further Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers encourages faculty members to use the learning environment to show compassion and support for students who may be experiencing anxiety, uncertainty, and fear in the current political climate,
Be It Further Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers strongly supports the recent letter from University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Tim White, and California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley urging President-elect Donald Trump to continue the DACA program,
Be It Further Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers will urge the VCCCD to adopt the following recommendations from California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley;
Be It Finally Resolved, that the Ventura County Federation of College Teachers will urge VCCCD to examine the policies and procedures that can potentially make the VCCCD a Sanctuary or a “safe zone” in order to protect the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.
San Francisco – In a victory for students and educators, the Supreme Court of California today announced it will not review the Vergara v. California lawsuit, letting the unanimous appellate court decision upholding five statutes governing professional and employment rights for educators stand as constitutional. This decision vindicates the arguments of educators, civil rights groups, legal scholars and education policy experts that the state statutes affirming educator rights do not harm students.
“This is a good day for students and educators as the Supreme Court’s decision brings an end to the case brought by wealthy anti-public education millionaires who spent millions of dollars to bypass voters, parents, and the legislature in an attempt to impose their harmful education agenda on local schools, .” said California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins. “It’s time to get back to the real issues facing our public schools and work together to improve student learning and support the art of teaching. Eliminating teachers’ ability to stand up for their students and robbing school districts of the tools they need to make sound employment decisions was a well-funded but wrong-headed scheme developed by people with no education expertise.”
“We applaud the state Supreme Court’s affirmation of the appeal court decision,” said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers. “The teacher shortage facing California has been stoked by the Vergara case, the expensive publicity machine surrounding it, and the constant attacks by so-called reformers on teachers and public education. We can now turn closer attention to solving the actual problems we confront in our schools, such as securing adequate funding through Prop 55, reducing class sizes, promoting and strengthening peer assistance and review, and reinforcing collaborative district practices with a proven record of success. These efforts will result in a more positive climate to address the teacher shortage crisis, bring young people to teaching and encourage experienced teachers to stay in the classroom.”
The Vergara case was the brainchild of Silicon Valley multi-millionaire David Welch and a group of corporate attorneys and public relations experts who founded the organization Students Matter to file the lawsuit. At issue in the case were five California statutes covering due process rights for teachers, probationary periods, and the value of educator experience when school districts are forced to lay off personnel due to revenue shortfalls and underfunding.Over the course of a nearly two-month trial, award-winning teachers, superintendents, principals, school board members, education researchers, and policy experts testified to the benefit of these laws and how they work effectively to ensure quality instructors in well-run school districts. No connection was ever made between the challenged laws and any student being harmed. The Court of Appeal decision repeatedly affirmed that the current laws do not prevent districts from making personnel decisions.
Community College Part-Time Faculty Collective Bargaining: Assembly Bill 1690 (Medina) would require those community college districts without a collective bargaining agreement with part-time, temporary faculty to commence negotiations to establish standards for the treatment of part-time, temporary faculty to be met by community college collective bargaining agreements, including, among other issues, workload distribution, evaluation procedures and seniority rights. Specifically, AB 1690 would require those community college districts that have not entered into a collective bargaining agreement as of January 1, 2017 to engage in negotiations with their part-time faculty for the purpose of retaining qualified part-time faculty and establishing a seniority list that will govern the offering of new assignments or a reduction in assignments. Those districts that already have such an agreement in place are exempted from the requirements of this bill. This bill also specifies minimum standards for the negotiated language.
Currently, this bill is in the Senate Rules Committee after having passed off the Assembly Floor on a 55-20 vote on June 1, 2016. The bill most likely will be referred to the Senate Education Committee. Community College Part-Time Faculty Office Hours: Assembly Bill 2069 (Medina) would require a community college district to report the percentage of part-time faculty that are required to hold office hours. The Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 requires participating community college districts to, with the advice of the Chancellor, establish and maintain institutional research to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to facilitate students’ completion of educational goals and courses of study. This bill would require community college districts to report, as a part of their Student Success Scorecard, the percentage of part-time faculty who are required to hold office hours per full-time equivalent student.
Currently, this bill is in the Senate Rules Committee after having passed off the Assembly Floor on a 77-0 vote on June 1, 2016. The bill is currently in the Senate Rules Committee awaiting assignment, but will most likely be referred to the Senate Education Committee.