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.
AFT Brothers and Sisters,
Please join us and mark your calendars for a lunch meeting on September 21. We can only be as effective as our member involvement. To this end we are requesting your attendance for the following.
Steve Hall, our re-enlisted Chief Negotiator will speak to upcoming negotiations issues. We can not move forward without your involvement and presence.
I am honored to return to the position of Chief Negotiator of AFT Local 1828 and look forward to representing the dedicated and incredible faculty of the Ventura County Community College District. Although negotiations ended a few months ago, we return to the bargaining table next semester because our agreement expires on June 30, 2019.