In Honor of Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, here are 36 reasons to thank a union:

  • Weekends
  • All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  • Paid Vacation
  • FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Sick Leave
  • Social Security
  • Minimum Wage
  • Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  • 8-Hour Work Day
  • Overtime Pay
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • 40 Hour Work Week
  • Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Pensions
  • Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  • Employer Health Care Insurance
  • Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  • Wrongful Termination Laws
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Whistleblower Protection Laws
  • Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  • Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  • Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  • Sexual Harassment Laws
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Holiday Pay
  • Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  • Privacy Rights
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  • Military Leave
  • The Right to Strike
  • Public Education for Children
  • Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  • Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States
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CCFF Endorsement Consideration, Dr. Sandra Salazar

Dear Colleagues,

It is time to gear up for the 2016 Board Elections. The CCFF is set to decide if we are going to select, endorse, and support any of the Trustee candidates, and we are interested in hearing your feedback. But first, some of you may be wondering why endorse a candidate at all?

As we have learned over the years, a faculty-centered Board is a student-centered Board because it implies considering the needs and concerns of faculty and staff who are first in line to serve students. Likewise, learning conditions are tantamount to working conditions.  Hence, the success of our students is inextricably linked to our working conditions as well as the support of academic infrastructure. Given this, not supporting a candidate is passing on an occasion to show that we care about who is on the Board and the quality of education at Cerritos College.

The CCFF is strongly considering endorsing Dr. Sandra Salazar, a candidate for Trustee area 6 (please see Dr. Salazar’s letter to the union below). We thought it would be best to let the facts speak for themselves and have included Dr. Salazar’s voting scorecard.

Dr. Sandra Salazar SCORECARD

Issue Supported Opposed
CCFF seat at board meetings Y  
Adding sections to Summer 2014, 2015 Y  
Increasing Adjunct Pay (an additional step and two columns) Y  
Increasing Faculty Pay (2.5%) Y  
Lecture Lab Parity Y  
Increased Sabbatical Funding Y  
Board Members meeting with ASCC student leaders Y  

As you can see, she has proven to consistently vote in favor of faculty, staff, and students. Given her record, the Executive Board is convinced that she is the right candidate for our Board.

With faculty salary and health benefit negotiations coming up and an incomplete contract to date, we need, more than ever, faculty-friendly board members. In politics, as the saying goes, “Early Money Is Like Yeast (EMILY).” As Dr. Salazar is seeking reelection, she wants to send a strong message to potential contenders of her support, hence her request for support so early in the game. CCFF’s support is critical for her to be the frontrunner amongst potential contenders.

I hope we will gain your approval in supporting Dr. Sandra Salazar as CCFF’s candidate for the 2016 Board of Trustee election.

Please contact me with your feedback at  The CCFF will make its decision by the end of this week, please provide your questions and comments before Thursday August 6th2015.


Solomon Namala
(President, CCFF)

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City College of San Francisco Update

Dennis Falcon, Cerritos College political science professor.

Dennis Falcon, Cerritos College political science professor, addresses crowd at rally in Oakland supporting teachers and students of the City College of San Francisco.

Cerritos College was the only southern California community college to send a representative to a rally calling for legislative relief from the arbitrary and capricious practices of the ACCJC. The accrediting agency has been cited for violating federal and state laws and is increasingly under fire (see previous postings on this web site).

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Committee on Political Education Meeting–July 20, 1:00 p.m.

Welcome All,

There will be a COPE meeting Monday, July 20, from 1-2:00 p.m., in SS16.  The purpose of the meeting is to accomplish the following:

  • Introduce faculty to the committee and its function
  • Discuss our goal of broadening the membership of the committee to represent every teaching area of the college
  • Sign up new members
  • Discuss Dr. Sandra Salazar’s request for a campaign contribution from our union’s political fund (Dr. Salazar has previously been endorsed by our union. Dr. Salazar will be up for re-election in a little more than a year. The actual campaign cycle for the election begins soon)
  • Discuss plans to support various candidates running in local and statewide elections as a strong supporter of the California Federation of Teachers

Hope to see as many people at the meeting as possible.

To receive notices and invitations from the committee directly contact Dennis Falcon at:

Please use a personal email account not affiliated with the College when you do so. Federal and state laws limit what business we may engage in related to political activities using College resources.

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Executive Board Meeting Today 12/2 at 2 p.m. in SS 16

To ALL faculty:

Please note that there WILL be an executive board meeting of the Cerritos College Faculty Federation this afternoon at 2:00 pm in the heart of the social sciences basement, room SS16.

See you there!


Craig Breit, CCFF Interim Communications  Chair
Cerritos College

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June 6 Sacramento Rally to Save City College of San Francisco

Outgoing Committee on Political Education Chair (and incoming Cerritos College Faculty Senate President) Michelle Lewellen attended a CFT rally in Sacramento to call on the state to prevent ACCJC from revoking San Francisco City College’s accreditation. She took these photographs.

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Point-and-click To Support Accreditation Improvements

Dear colleagues,

Here is a link to a “point-and-click” letter that conveys support for the CFT-sponsored Assembly Bill 1942, a bill that seeks “fair accrediting practices for all of California’s community colleges.”  The letter takes only a moment to fill out, but the aggregate impact of support will help assure your colleagues throughout the state that they might receive a helpful rather than a potentially punitive accreditation process.

Here’s the link:

Please lend your name to the effort.


Jack Swanson
CCFF Communications

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Community Colleges Can Foster Student Success by Supporting Their Adjuncts

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that “Community Colleges Can Foster Student Success by Supporting Their Adjuncts“:

[A new report says that] when community colleges fail to support the part-time faculty members who teach more than half of the classes offered at such institutions, they are fostering a culture that creates a barrier to student success….

The report suggests that community colleges have conversations about how to support adjunct faculty members, include them in discussions, create clear pathways to full-time employment, and recognize part-timers’ accomplishment with additional pay when possible….

“Colleges need to do a better job of working with part-time faculty because engaging all faculty is a vital step toward meeting college-completion goals,” the report says.

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District, CCFF Agree to COLA+, Part-time Pay Increase, Lab Equity Task Force

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to share good news about negotiations. The CCFF membership ratified the contract with a vote of 130 to 4 yesterday. Following this, the Board of Trustees last night unanimously approved Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between the District and the CCFF. The MOUs are posted on the Human Resources website [and here on the CCFF website], but the essence of each is this:

  • All faculty, full-time and adjunct (part-time), will receive a 2.5% increase in salary, retroactive to July 1, 2013. Faculty will receive a retroactive check within the next 45 days.
  • For full-time faculty in 2014-2015, the District will automatically apply the COLA received from the state to their salary schedules.
  • Effective July 1, 2014, adjunct faculty salary schedules (adjunct instructional faculty, adjunct counseling and librarian faculty, and part-time substitute faculty) will have columns and steps. The new schedules recognize service at Cerritos College and advanced degrees, and provide an increase in salary. (Details are outlined in the MOU.)
  • The District and CCFF have agreed to create a Laboratory Compensation Task Force comprised of four faculty and four managers. The chief goal of this Task Force is to consider criteria and determine workload and compensation values for laboratory and activity classes. The Task Force will make recommendations to the District and the CCFF negotiation teams.

The enhanced salary schedule for adjunct faculty addresses both education and Cerritos College service–this is a first in our College’s history. The laboratory compensation task force also is a first and reflects a commitment to address compensation. These MOUs are a testament to a cooperative and positive effort between the CCFF and the District.

We acknowledge and deeply appreciate the efforts of the negotiation teams, and we look forward to continued collaboration and the development of a comprehensive contract between the CCFF and the District.


Solomon Namala
President, CCFF

Mary Anne Gularte
Vice President of Human Resources/Assistant Superintendent

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March 14 Bargaining Update – Good News

Dear colleagues,

It’s Friday night, the first night of spring break, and, figuratively, I stand center stage of Burnight Center before an empty auditorium.  I have good news that I’d like to share.  I will speak loudly.

The CCFF and the District are close to agreement on salary for both full- and part-time faculty.  The District understands the CCFF’s latest counter-proposal, acknowledges its viability, and plans to recommend that the Board accept our proposal at the next board meeting, Wednesday, March 19th.  Should the Board accept the proposal, we will have a Tentative Agreement.

At this point, the CCFF will want to explain the terms of the agreement.  We plan to hold a Town Hall meeting – probably during the dead hour on Tuesday, the 25th of March – the week after spring break.  The CCFF will then conduct a survey to determine whether or not the membership accepts the terms of the agreement.  Should the membership approve the agreement, the District will take the agreement back to the Board for their ratification on April 2nd.

Shortly thereafter, all faculty should expect a check, retroactive to July 1, 2013, and a modest increase in salary.

Enjoy the break,

Jack Swanson
CCFF Communications

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