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:  http://action.aft.org/c/941/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8412

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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Bargaining Update February 18, 2014

Dear colleagues,
On Tuesday, February 18, the District offered the following:

  • COLA + 0.43% to make a total of 2% increase in pay.
  • They still insist on part-time faculty subsidizing their own raises by rolling the annual part-time equity funds into the improved salary schedule.
  • While they still agree to a lecture-lab parity task force, they declined our request to set a date for implementation.
  • They also proposed that the CCFF agree to accept no more than COLA next year, which is expected to be 0.86%.

The CCFF countered immediately with the following:

  • COLA+ 0.93% to make a total increase of 2.50%.
  • Part-time equity funds to go to part-time faculty; the improved salary schedule is merited.
  • Implementation of lecture-lab parity by fall of 2015.
  • The CCFF did not agree to accept a maximum of 0.86% next year.

We await the District’s response.

More later,

Jack Swanson
CCFF Communications

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Call to Help AFT in San Diego Election

CCFF Political Education Chair Michelle Lewellen asks:

“Sometime in the next week, pre 2/11, we can help our sisters and brothers in Palomar Federation of Teachers and AFT 1931 to get David Alvarez, a truly progressive mayor, elected in San Diego.

Follow this link, and you can make calls from the comfort of your own home:


…The race is very close, so every call will make a difference.”

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Bargaining Update – Jan. 16, 2014

Dear colleagues,

I write to you with an update on negotiations.  You might recall that the CCFF made three proposals:

·         Lecture-lab parity
·         Increase in part-time pay
·         COLA + (1.57% COLA plus 1.35% pay increase)

You’ll be heartened to know that the District recognizes the merit of according labs more than the 0.75 Lecture Hour Equivalent (LHE) – but only for some labs.  They have agreed with our proposal to create a Lab Parity Committee, which, by May 2014, should have established the protocol for submitting a lab course to the committee and the criteria by which the lab course will be evaluated.  Note, this proposal costs the District nothing this year.

Also heartening: the District agreed to add columns and a row for part-time faculty, part-time counselors, and part-time librarians.  This is good – a start.  However, the District proposed a troubling proviso:  that, in order to pay for the raise, part-time faculty are to give up their part-time equity funds, an annual state allocation intended to elevate part-time pay toward parity with full-time pay.  In effect, the District has agreed to add the columns and row, provided the part-time faculty pay for most of it.  The CCFF is disinclined to agree to have part-time faculty pay for their raise.  Note, because the raises would not take effect until fall 2014, this costs the District nothing this year.

Finally, the District has verbally agreed to pass through to the faculty the Cost of Living Adjustment that the state has funded.  However, we have yet to receive a response on the proposed 1.35% raise for faculty.  It is estimated that COLA + 1.35% will cost the District $550,000.  COLA itself – the 1.57% – represents 54% of the cost; the 1.35% is 46%.  46% of $550,000 is a little more than $254,000.  During the past 8 years, while the faculty have seen no pay raise and have lost 16% in purchasing power, the District has averaged a surplus of $3.6 million each year and has banked more than $33.8 million.  These numbers are not in dispute.  The District can afford our modest proposal.


Jack Swanson
CCFF Communications
Cerritos College

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The Great Stratification (of Academic Labor)

Writing in the Chronicle Review of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeffery J. Williams contrasts the structure of the academic labor market with that of medicine:

Given that there are more than 1.4 million college faculty members in the United States, it is clear that they are not disappearing. But the all-purpose professor has faded. We have tended to see the professor as a single figure, but he is now a multiple being, of many types, tasks, and positions. And instead of the traditional idea of a community of scholars, all roughly equivalent, we now have a distended pyramid, with a huge base of people whose primary job is teaching, often entry-level courses; a layer of specialists in particular fields and researchers who may hardly even teach above them; and a thin spire of administrators commanding the peak.

The spread of academic labor follows the trend of other professions. The idea of the professional usually evokes a generic image—the old-fashioned family doctor, for instance, who hung out his shingle—but now we have a much more variegated system of alpha and beta practitioners. And … most professionals now work in hierarchical bureaucratic structures.

Along with the greater differentiation of tasks over the past 50 years, we have experienced a progressively steeper stratification of academic workers.

The comparison with medicine, however inexact, suggests a few ideas that we might be able to use. …[H]ealth-care professionals maintain their employment conditions in part through their professional organization, and particularly for nurses, unionization.


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The District Can Afford CCFF Proposals

Dear colleagues,

In the last bargaining update, I presented the rationales for the three CCFF proposals:

·        Lecture-lab parity
·        Increase in part-time pay
·        COLA + (1.53% COLA plus 1.35% pay increase)

Tuesday, November 19th, the CCFF Executive Board will meet in SS 136 at 11:00 AM to present a picture of the college budget that shows that the District can afford the proposals.  In fact, once you see the analysis, you may marvel at the proposals’ modesty and the District’s reserves.

Also, Wednesday, November 13th, a number of faculty showed up for the CSEA-CCFF Meet and Greet and to fill the board room with support for the union proposals and in celebration of completing the accreditation report.  Those faculty who addressed the board on behalf of lecture-lab parity and an increase in part-time pay spoke eloquently, convincingly, and the board has extended the CCFF an invitation to a special closed session this Wednesday evening, November 20th, to present our proposals and budget analysis.

On a final note, we returned to the bargaining table last Thursday afternoon.  The District offered no counter proposal.  So, we reviewed the merits our proposal.

If you’d like to see how the District can afford to fund the CCFF proposals, come to the meeting, Tuesday, November 19th in SS 136 at 11:00 AM.

More to come,

Jack Swanson

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CCFF Proposes Better Salary for Adjuncts, COLA, and Lecture/Lab Parity

Dear colleagues,

I’m writing to you to give you an update on negotiations.

Last Thursday, October 31, the CCFF offered two proposals to the District.

·        To increase compensation for

o   Part-time instructors by adding a row and two columns to their salary schedule
o   Part-time counselors and librarians by adding two rows and two columns

·        To increase all faculty compensation with a

o   Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1.57%, and
o   A 1.35% raise

Also last Thursday, the CCFF was able to introduce the subject of Lecture-Lab parity, thanks to splendid presentations by Kimberly Duff, Kevin Taylor, Debbie Jensen, and Ann Voorhies.

The rationale for increasing part-time faculty compensation

·        Cerritos College pays part-time faculty less than any college in the region.

·        Part-time faculty have been asked to do more with regard to SLO assessment.

·        Cerritos College is the only District that does not reward part-time faculty on the basis of training or qualifications – that is, we offer no column advancement – which serves as a disincentive for attracting well-qualified part-time faculty.

·        With neighboring districts paying as much as 60% more than Cerritos College, it is difficult to hire and retain quality part-time faculty.

·        58% of new part-time hires leave Cerritos College after the first year.

The rationale for passing COLA of 1.57% through and increasing all faculty pay by 1.35%

·        No Cost of Living Increase (COLA) since fall of 2007.

·        During that time, we have lost 16% of our purchasing power.

·        We have experienced reductions in supplies and equipment.

·        Overload pay has eroded due to District policy and cuts in summer.

The rationale for lecture/lab parity

·        Compensation

o   The state pays the District the same for a lab hour as it does a lecture hour.
o   The District pays part-time faculty the same for a lab hour as it does for a lecture hour.
o   The District pays a full-time faculty member the same for one hour of lab overload as it does for an hour of lecture overload.
o   However, when that lab hour is part of a full-time faculty member’s base, the District pays only 0.75 of a lecture hour.

·        Pedagogy

But for that one stark exception, both the state and the District acknowledge the essential pedagogical value and quality of labor vested in teaching labs.  What distinguishes a lab hour from a lecture hour is not the teaching but the money.

More to come.


Jack Swanson, chair
CCFF Communications
(562) 860-2451, ext. 2823

The full proposal presented to the district, including proposed salary schedules and supporting documents including cost estimates, is attached:  2013-10-31-CCFF Salary Proposal

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CCFF on Facebook

  • 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: http://action.aft.org/c/941/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8412

    The California Federation of Teachers is sponsoring AB 1942 from Assemblymember Rob Bonta, which would secure transparent, fair accrediting practices for all of California's community colleges.
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