What if I was asked, “what is it like to be President of the VCCCD faculty union?” We have 3 campuses with approximately 1200 full and part-time faculty. We provide services for approximately 30,000 students. The vast majority of our faculty are union members. Well, I suppose the word “demanding” would first come to my mind in terms of answering such a question. Union business is 24/7. While many might think we are just involved in contract negotiations and the grievances that can result, your union is involved in many other activities. There is fiscal oversight of union funds, networking and cooperation with other unions including at the state and national level. We are involved in supporting legislation to benefit our students and faculty and we will be working to increase our local efforts in this sphere. There is a union office to maintain, record keeping, audits, website and social media outreach along with many other activities necessary to maintain a professional organization. And, of course, attending and reporting on the Board of Trustee meeting and other District committees is on our plate. We have a Committee on Political Education (COPE) that was actively involved in endorsing 2 recent Board of Trustee candidates who were both elected and are now serving. And, of course, one of the most important things for me is to respond quickly to all types of questions and concerns that reach me. I receive daily emails and messages that are left at the office. I teach online courses and firmly believe that a DE instructor must respond to students in a timely matter. My personal goal is to always respond within 24 hours. I bring this same passion for answering questions and concerns that I receive from faculty.
By Steve Weingarten, CFT Reporter
A Red-for-Ed wave rolled through down- town Los Angeles on December 15 as tens of thousands of members and supporters of United Teachers Los Angeles protested large class sizes, low pay, over-testing, a shortage of school nurses and other support staff, and the unregulated growth of charter schools.
UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl accused L.A. Unified’s pro-charter school board of “intentionally starving our schools while they are banking a historic budget surplus of nearly $2 billion.”
By Paula Munoz
Congratulations to our two AFT endorsed candidates Joshua Chancer, Area 1 and Gabriela Torres, Area 5. Josh easily won in Area 1 (41.96%) and it was a landslide win for Gabriela in Area 5 (62.52%).
By Bea Herrera and Jenny Redding
As fall tenure evaluations wrap up, faculty (the tenure candidate) must know his or her rights under the collective bargaining agreement. Noted in Article 11-Tenure Evaluation.
First, the tenure review committee process must have followed the steps outlined in Article 11. All tenure review committee members must have performed the evaluations and attend the meetings to go over the outcome of each observation as outlined in Article 11.
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
This document is necessary for you to complete in order to be considered for an assignment. Some standard tips:
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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: