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:
By Renee Fraser
One of the anomalies of the California Community College system is the arbitrary cap in California Ed Code that limits part-time faculty members to a .67 teaching load (10 units) in any one district. No other higher educational system in the country has such a limit.
A 60% limit was first established in the 1960s as an effort to prevent the over-use of adjunct labor and to protect tenured faculty positions. Obviously, this was an utter failure, as the number of contingent faculty workers expanded each decade, until now, when approximately half of all courses are taught by a part-time faculty majority. As a result of this limit, part-timers in the California Community College District must commute long distances to cobble together a full load of classes.
By Steve Hall
AFT Local 1828 and district negotiators have agreed on an academic calendar for 2019-2020. There are no major changes from last year’s calendar with Fall classes beginning on Monday, August 19, 2019 and Spring instruction beginning on Monday, January 6, 2020. Winter break will begin Wednesday, December 18 through Sunday, January 5. Spring break will fall the week before Easter, April 6 - 10, 2019. The number and arrangement of flex days will remain the same as the current academic year.
Dear P/T Colleagues...
Your Assignment Request Form (ARF) for Spring 2020 is due by Feb 15, 2019
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President AFT 1828
By Renee Fraser
The single most important factor in student success in college, according to the students themselves, is contact with and access to their instructors. The lack of pay or spaces for part-time faculty members to meet with students has been a barrier to providing that contact, reducing student success.
However, at the state level, a portion of your union dues goes to the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), which, along with other groups like the Faculty Association of Community Colleges (FACCC), and California Part-Time Faculty Association (CPFA), lobby the Legislature in Sacramento for money to pay for part-time office hours.
By Bea Herrera & Jenny Redding
The Tenure process is in full-swing this Fall once again!
Article 11 of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) deals with the tenure process. In the last round of negotiations, several areas of the Tenure Article changed. Some areas were revised to clarify both the intent and the process. Additionally, other areas were revised and will have an impact on the process. We encourage you to review this article in your contract, especially if you have participated on previous Tenure Review Committees.
Here are some of the highlights of the article that could have an impact on your tenure process:
By Steve Hall
What’s Been Happening
It’s only been a month since I was appointed by the AFT Executive Council to serve as your Chief Negotiator, but during that month we’ve made a great deal of progress in preparing for our upcoming contract negotiations. Here are a few of the highlights:
By Michael Sheetz
Each month, we will be featuring a profile with one faculty member in order to find out a little bit more about what makes VCCCD so special. This month, I had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Scott Wolf, music instructor at Oxnard College.
I first got to know Scott last year when we collaborated together on a student project in the Film and Television program. The students in my Beginning Motion Picture class were shooting a short film as their term project, and I enlisted Scott’s help to work with some of his students to provide an original musical score for the project.
The Health Benefits Committee
Your AFT health benefits committee was informed on Wednesday, October 18 of some very disturbing news: our former insurance broker, Keenan and Associates, has been sharing inaccurate data with management, as well as the faculty and classified unions for years. This confirms what your AFT reps have been saying for years. In fact, we provided public testimony to the Board of Trustees in October, 2014 saying AFT had lost confidence in Keenan’s ability to provide reliable information to the Health Benefits Committee.
Your AFT Local 1828 has been hard at work in September on a variety of projects. As you can see with our new magazine style newsletter, both our Executive Director, Michael Sheetz, and our social media consultant, Nick Norris, have partnered to make this newsletter first class.
Our Health Benefits team has been engaged with meetings to further explore and confirm options being presented by our new Health Broker. Steve Hall brings his many years of experience to the table and his team is comprised of representatives from all the current “tiers” of health-benefit coverages. I have also witnessed the engagement of Chancellor Gillespie into this process, which indicates that he has made this a priority. In talking with Steve, we will need to present union workshops on the wealth of information surrounding health benefits to ensure faculty gain a clear understanding. Information continues to be vetted and we are planning to be able to start presenting workshops in early 2019.