Last night was the Board of Trustees Meeting. The closed session began at 4:30; the public session started at 6 pm and went to 10:15 pm. Below are some highlights:
There was other recognitions for students who were selected to participate in NASA orientation/training programs from OC as well as routine consent items relative to business services and capital spending. Of particular importance to AFT 1828 was the acceptance by the board of the initial proposals by the VCCCD and AFT 1828 to begin collective bargaining. The date to start has now been confirmed to be March 1.
At the 4:30 public comment before the closed BOT session, Steve Hall, Bea Herrera and I addressed the following concerns. 1. Steve Hall expressed to the Board of Trustees that moving into negotiations, our faculty surveys and his discussions with faculty indicate tremendous dissatisfaction with the last contract negotiations that has resulted in extremely low faculty morale throughout the District. 2. Bea Herrera noted that additional faculty are now the subjects of District performance documentation that she was unaware existed. She wanted to ensure that these faculty were aware of their rights to receive due process and union representation. 3. I commented on the tenure review process. There is a systemic issue regarding an unwritten policy that faculty will not be granted tenure until the completion of their 4th year despite the recommendations of the tenure review committees. The process requires that recommendations of the tenure review committees are forward to the Campus President and then the Chancellor. If these recommendations differ, the BOT votes to resolve the issue. On the agenda for this evening was the 4 recommendations by the VC tenure review committee to recommend tenure for 4 faculty in the 3rd year. In opposition to this, the College President and the Chancellor recommended no action on this request. This situation fails to honor the hard work of the faculty tenure committee and it does it properly recognize the individual efforts made by the candidate to receive this recommendation by his/her peers. These same concerns were also expressed at the 6 pm public comment at the start of the open session.
During the open session the following was of particular interest for the AFT.
Lasting in the above link, you will see the entire BOT agenda for Feb 19 and you can click onto any item on the left side to open up a detailed description of the listed item.
President, AFT 1828