The included picture is Pam and her daughter Vanessa. Pam Kennedy-Luna is an instructor at MC and a union member. I sent out an email in January about the Raoul Teihet Scholarship. Years ago, I had applied for my daughter and received the $3,000 scholarship. Pam was the only instructor that applied based on the January email. I know this because the application requires that I sign at the bottom. So we are 1 for 1. I would like to see additional union faculty take advantage of this CFT sponsored scholarship. The next deadline for submission is July 1, 2019. Below is the link. The application has several pages, but I am sure as Pam would attest, the result was worth the effort!
President, AFT 1828
Negotiations Update #4
April 2, 2019
The district negotiations team was joined by Laura Barroso (Director of District Human Resources). She replaced Mike Shanahan who left the district at the end of March. After introductions, we presented our proposals on Article 4 (Health Benefits), Article 5 (Workload & Assignments), Article 6 (Class Size), and Article 7 (Safety).
Although we were expecting proposals from management, they presented nothing. We hope this is a one-time occurrence since it is not possible to make progress in negotiations without both sides offering proposals.
I hope you all have enjoyed this spring break week. Last week-end was the 100th Anniversary Convention of the California Federation of Teachers. This is our state affiliate of the AFT. I was in attendance along with other VCCCD union faculty who asked to be delegates. I will be providing information gained at this event in our April 15th Newsletter.
The Board of Trustees began open session on Tuesday, March 19 at 5:40 pm and it ended at 11 pm. Below are some highlights..
On this day in labor history...
Toronto printers strike for the 9-hour day in what is believed to be Canada’s first major strike - 1872
First “Poor People’s March” on Washington, in which jobless workers demanded creation of a public works program. Led by populist Jacob Coxey, the 500 to 1,000 unemployed protesters became known as “Coxey’s Army” - 1894
A total of 146 workers are killed in a fire at New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, a disaster that would launch a national movement for safer working conditions - 1911
An explosion at a coal mine in Centralia, Ill., kills 111 miners. Mineworkers President John L. Lewis calls a 6-day work stoppage by the nation’s 400,000 soft coal miners to demand safer working conditions - 1947
By Steve Hall
AFT Local 1828 and management have exchanged sunshine proposals, which list the articles each side would like to open during negotiations. Nine articles were not opened by either side, which means they will remain the same and will not be discussed in negotiations. A complete list is given below.
Summary of Sunshine Proposals, February 10, 2019
By Steve Hall
We have learned that the District’s claims of increases in faculty benefits costs have been overstated? It was reported by our Insurance Benefits Consultant (Burnham) at the Thursday, February 7 Health Benefits Committee that lower claims rates from faculty were pooled with higher rates from ASCC group for at least this year and last year. AFT Local 1828 is now questioning the validity of the cost of FT faculty health benefits that has been reported by district management. If true, this shocking revelation is of extreme importance to every faculty member as increased insurance costs was used by management during the last negotiations cycle to justify no raises for 3 years for FT faculty and minimal raises for part-time faculty. This has the potential to be a major issue in our upcoming negotiations.
Below is the latest contract negotiations update from your union negotiating team:
Negotiations Update #3
March 10, 2019
The meeting began with the district team presenting their proposals on Article 12 (Evaluations) and Article 21 (Term).
We presented our proposals on Article 8 (Leaves), Article 11 (Tenure), Article 12 (Evaluation), and Article 13 (Department Chairs). A summary of the proposals distributed today are given below.
By Renee Fraser
For faculty new to teaching in the community college, there is a whole new language to master. There are acronyms (FTES, SLOS, CLOS) there are college specific terms (admin) and there is FLEX. So what is Flex, and how does it affect you?
The Flexible Calendar Program (Flex) was instituted by the California State Legislature, and consists of staff development activities in-lieu-of regular instruction.
It's found in Title 5, the section of law that governs community colleges (CCR, title 5, division 6, chapter 6, subchapter 8, article 2, section 55724, item a-4). Flex activities can be, but are not limited to, training programs, group retreats, field experiences, and workshops in activities such as course and program development and revision, staff development activities, development of new instructional materials, and other instruction-related activities.
Your union's negotiations team will continue to send updates to all faculty as we work through the negotiations process. Below is Steve Hall's report from yesterday.
Negotiations Update – Meeting #2
March 6, 2019
After brief housekeeping items, we presented our proposal for Article 14 (Transfers). The intent is to provide a way for full-time faculty members to initiate a voluntary transfer to another college in the same discipline and classification on a temporary basis. The proposed language recognizes the information and pedagogy sharing benefit to the district and individual colleges through allowing faculty members to temporarily serve among colleagues at other colleges. The District verbally and later in writing indicated that they were in general agreement with the intent of our proposed language, however, expressed concern over the proposed procedure for implementation which requires faculty consultation and approval.