We Have a Contract Because of You, Faculty

Kimberly Rosenfeld gave this speech on the night the Cerritos College Board of Trustees approved the 2015-18 faculty contract:

Greetings, my name is Kimberly Rosenfeld and I am the lead negotiator for CCFF and today we are here to celebrate this Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

This document was made possible because of you! Yes you CCFF members.

I am talking about you…

Science Engineering & Mathematics – give a holler if you are out there! and you Fine Arts, let’s hear it!

Business Education & Social Sciences goes without saying, Liberal Arts where are you my colleagues? 

Physical Education we could not have done it without you! I am talking to you especially Deb Jensen 

Technology we knew you were rooting for us Counseling and Library where are you our friends? 

and Health Occupations How could I forget you, our friends.

I am here today to share a very brief history of how we got here!

How we got HERE to this night:

Although this contract is the result of the individual efforts by many before me and before our current team, this team approached negotiations with a mindset to RESTORE FAIRNESS.

If you recall not too long ago when in the name of the recession we, yes us FACULTY willingly gave up:

  • Salary Increases
  • Sabbaticals
  • Not to mention the complete obliteration of equipment, supply and faculty development funds

We did all of this willingly to help our students and this college. As the economy recovered, we noticed how far we had fallen behind with our pay lagging a full 14% behind the cost of living and the pay for our part timers was so low that we were losing them to other schools faster than we could hire them. The frustration SET IN and we started talking about the POWER of A THANK YOU.


As a team we not only surveyed the faculty, we felt it was critical that we talked to YOU. Many of you may recall the meetings. Yes, the meetings where we asked you to document what you do, to share your frustrations and to brainstorm ways to improve the situation.

We talked about Power Dynamics

We talked about RESTORING THE BALANCE and that without YOU it would not be possible


Once the negotiations started and things didn’t go well. In fact, they had utterly disappointed our every expectation, we held on because of YOU and the Power of your support.

We held on because we know you needed a lifeboat and we were not about to let us all sink.

When we found ourselves in mediation, exhausted, beat up, depressed facing our summer with no resolution in sight. Offers came in one worse than the other and we knew we had to hold on longer. We knew we had the power of YOU.

As the summer wore on and we were into 3 all day mediation sessions on a road to nowhere, the letter arrived to your homes designed to shake your trust and entice you to pull your support from us, You held on with us.

By the end of summer, we were ready to fight for you. We had been certified for Fact Finding, A first in 60 years of Cerritos College History. We knew you were behind us.


We celebrate this contract with you tonight as a testament to our collective efforts to solve problems, restore fairness, and work together toward making Cerritos College a better place to work and a better place to learn.

Thank You!

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Contract Approved by Membership, Trustees

The faculty of Cerritos College have spoken and the results are in:

285 voted YES to ratify the tentative agreement. 2 members voted NO.

287 members voted in total which accounts for 65% of the CCFF voting members who were sent ballots….

In solidarity during a most important moment of our history,

Craig Breit

CCFF Communications Chair

TalonMarks reported on the sometimes contentious Board of Trustees meeting, where the contract was ultimately approved:

For the Cerritos College Faculty Federation, months of solidarity sparked a domino effect that would ultimately lead the union to receive the negotiated contract agreement.

The Board recorded a 7-0 vote to approve the contract. It goes into effect retroactively to July 1, 2015, with some provisions taking effect in Spring, 2017 or (in the case of salary), July 1, 2016 retroactively, or July 1, 2017. The District has 45 days from the date of approval to disburse retroactive pay to faculty who were employed in the time period of July 1, 2015 to the present.


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CCFF Contract Ratification Vote


As you know, the Union and District have reached tentative agreement on a successor collective bargaining agreement, to run from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2018. Details of the tentative agreement are available for review..

The Union will conduct a contract ratification vote open to all members of CCFF in good standing (those who have paid dues).

The ballot question shall be: “Should CCFF ratify the tentative agreement between CCFF and the District? Yes _____  No ____.”

Ratification will be determined by a simple majority of ballots cast.

Voting will be held from 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 14 until 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 19. Voting will be conducted via electionbuddy.com. This website allows for anonymous, encrypted voting, using a process by which each eligible voter may vote only once.

On the morning of Wednesday, September 14, all eligible voters will receive emails, at their @cerritos.edu addresses, sent from “electionbuddy Elections,” with a subject line referring to the CCFF Ratification Vote. Each email will contain a unique link allowing only that member to vote.

The voting period closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 19. The Union will send out an email reminder to eligible voters who have not yet voted on Friday, September 16, during the voting period.

If you have any questions about the voting process, please contact me at gjarrett@cerritos.edu.

If you have any questions about the Union’s tentative agreement, please contact CCFF President Solomon Namala at snamala@cerritos.edu.

Thank you,

George Jarrett
Executive Board Secretary
Cerritos College Faculty Federation (CCFF), AFT Local 6215

PS: We encourage all faculty to join the Union and have a voice in the ratification. If you wish to join the union and vote before Monday, September 19, please contact me at gjarrett@cerritos.edu.

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CCFF: Text of Tentative Agreement for Your Review

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the CCFF and the District have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. Here are links to the full text of the new and revised articles of our contract:

All CCFF members will be able to vote to ratify this tentative agreement next week. The vote will be conducted online and the ballot will be sent to your Cerritos College email address. At that time a complete Collective Bargaining Agreement will be shared with you so you can see these articles in context.

If you have any questions about what is included in the tentative agreement, there will be a Town Hall Meeting tomorrow (Thursday, 9/8) from 2-4 in SS139.

If you aren’t a full member and you would like to vote on this agreement, please contact Stephanie Rosenblatt membership chair, for a membership form or download one here and return it to her via campus mail.


Solomon Namala
(President, CCFF)

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CCFF-District Negotiation: Tentative Agreement Details

Dear Colleagues,

As you now know, the CCFF and the District reached a tentative agreement Monday (8/15) evening. The two sides worked hard over the summer to arrive at a settlement and what we have as a tentative agreement is a fair and sound compromise. It sets a solid foundation for all of us to build on in the coming years.

Here is a brief outline:

PT Salary and Office Hours (PT/FT)

  • PT faculty salary will increase in 2015-16 by 9% to 11% (depending on the step in the salary schedule) retroactive to July 1, 2015; for 2016-17, an additional 2.5% increase effective July 1, 2016, and for 2017-18, an additional 2.5% increase effective July 1, 2017.
  • Increase in paid office hours for PT faculty during the academic year (effective Fall 2016):
    • faculty teaching up to 6 units: 8 hours of paid office hours (automatic, when requested)
    • faculty teaching more than 6 units: 12 hours of paid OH (again, automatic)
    • an increase in office hour rate from $40 to $50 an hour
  • Paid office hours for both PT and FT faculty during summer: one hour per unit of instruction paid at the hourly rate (effective Summer 2017)
  • Seniority rights article for PT faculty (effective Fall 2017)

FT Salary

  • FT faculty salary increase in 2015-16: 5% (retroactive to July 1, 2015), 2016-17: 2.5%, and 2017-18: 2.5%
  • Add one step (approx. $2860) for columns A though D in 2016-17 to the FT salary schedule (effective July 1, 2016)
  • Add one more step (approx. $2860) for columns A thru D in 2017-18 to the FT salary schedule (effective July 1, 2017)
  • Reduce longevity increases from 4 years to two years effective July 1, 2016 for columns E and F. This essentially adds four steps to columns E and F at (approx. $1430) each step.

FT Health care

  • Fully paid healthcare for all plans for all three years – 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • If agreement is not reached by 2019, max district contribution for 2019 will be $23,500/yr

Class size compensation (see below).

Effective Fall 2016. Compensation will be paid at the end of semester based on enrollment at census.

Sections with # of students Compensation per section per semester
55-69 $450
70-94 $500
95-125 $550

Department Chair compensation

Compensation for chairs during the regular semester and summer stipends will be based on Full time equivalent faculty (FTEF) in each department as shown below, effective Fall 2016.

Full-time equivalent faculty in the department as of the beginning of the prior spring semester Reassigned time for department chairs per semesters *Summer Stipend (to be paid July 1st) * shall be requested by the dept. chair
Less than 1 FTEF 10% $500
1 and up to 10 20% $1,000
More than 10 and up to 15 30% $1,500
More than 15 and up to 35 40% $1,875
More than 35 70% $2,250

Program Director compensation

Program directors will get 20% reassigned time and summer stipends as above (department chair stipends), effective Fall 2016.

Academic Freedom

The two sides negotiated an academic freedom article.

Overall, this is a fair contract that addresses many of the issues that have been ignored for decades.

Next Steps

Once the tentative agreement is neatly formatted and organized, we will share it with you. CCFF will also hold a town hall meeting to answer any questions you may have.

Members of CCFF will then get an opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement. Once the agreement is ratified, it will be presented to the Board of Trustees for their final approval. We are hoping that this would take place at the September 21st board meeting.

Those of you who are not members of CCFF are welcome to sign up for membership by contacting CCFF’s Membership Chair, Stephanie Rosenblatt at srosenblatt@Cerritos.edu. In fact, we urge you to sign up for membership so you can cast your vote on the tentative agreement.

Thank You

First of all, we would like to thank President Fierro and Mr. Harry Joel, Interim VP of Human Resources, for their willingness to collaborate and think creatively in arriving at this agreement. A special thank you for the tireless efforts of everyone else on the CCFF negotiations team: Stephanie Rosenblatt, Terrance Mullins, Jay Elarcosa, Lyndsey Lefebvre and Amy Holzgang. They essentially gave up their summer break to arrive at this solution.

Finally, we could not have done this without your active support – your participation at board meetings, your signing of petitions, your attendance at rallies, your passing of resolutions through faculty senate, and your stance in solidarity with CCFF.

Our deepest gratitude.

Kimberly Rosenfeld, Chief Negotiating Officer – CCFF

Solomon Namala, President – CCFF

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Update on Summer 2016 Pay Rates

Dear Colleagues,

Last fall it came to the Union’s attention that the District had been under-paying full-time faculty for summer semester instruction. The District, in blatant violation of the CBA, had been paying faculty on the previous year’s salary schedule instead of based on the proceeding year’s salary schedule. Appendix A, p. 4 of the CBA of the CBA requires that for regular and contract faculty:

“Summer session salaries shall be based upon the salary schedule of the academic year immediately proceeding the summer session.”

The District is again failing to pay faculty as required by the CBA. The Union has learned that faculty for the first summer session have been paid on the 2015-2016 salary rate, not on the 2016-2017 rate as required by Appendix A

Last time around, the Union grieved the District’s violation, which resulted in the attached settlement. As you can see, as a result of the settlement faculty were correctly paid based on the 2015-2016 salary rate for both summer session 1 and summer session 2. The settlement implemented the CBA as required. The Union has again filed a grievance regarding the District’s failure to apply the appropriate salary schedule.

The Union wonders if the District intends to underpay faculty every summer, and force the Union to continue to grieve each time, despite the clear language of the CBA. There is simply no reason or excuse for the District’s failure, especially in light of the Union raising the issue and the parties’ agreement to use the proceeding salary rates as recently as last fall.

The District, which had been fully informed last year of its obligations, has no excuse whatsoever for this failure. We encourage faculty to contact the District’s Board regarding this matter and let them know that the District and the Board must follow the clear, unambiguous language of the CBA.


Solomon Namala
(CCFF President)


Posted in Alerts

Petition Summer Office Hours & Fair Chair Compensation

Good Morning Cerritos College Faculty:

Please find the link below that takes you directly to a petition that ALL faculty should sign to establish PERMANENT summer office hours and fair chair compensation.

Your union CCFF (Cerritos College Faculty Federation) respectfully asks you to click on the link, sign the petition and as soon as possible.


You should know that STUDENTS also may sign this petition as well.


 Craig Breit
CCFF Communications Chair
Cerritos College
11110 Alondra boulevard
Norwalk, California 90650
(562) 860-2451 extension 2625




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Update Negotiations

Good Morning Cerritos College Faculty:

The negotiations team reports that on May 2, 2016 the CCFF team met with the district team and the state appointed mediator, Mr. Don Raczka.

After a full and very long day, the two teams will meet again to continue mediation on May 19, 2016 and June 7, 2016. If you are off campus during the summer months and would like to be kept informed, please provide us with your private email address immediately.

In the meantime, we need ALL faculty to come out sometime on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 to show their support.

If there ever was a time when we need your support, it is now.  Please clear your calendar for whatever portion of the day you can and make an effort to be there.

 Bring friends and family members.

 Once again,

 We are gathering at the corner of Alondra and Studebaker, rain or shine,  beginning at 3:30pm and  will end up in the administrative quad at 5:30 pm. Food and beverages will be served.

We ask you to wear your red shirt, your own or  the  “Power of a Thank You” shirts that we will be giving away at the start.

 If you are new to this, we will guide you through the process.

Please come. Help us to help you.

Craig Breit

CCFF Communications Chair

Cerritos College



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Faculty Survey

Cerritos Faculty,

See below the results of the faculty survey on who CCFF should or should not endorse for the upcoming BOT elections:


See below link to 4/19/16 Boardwatch:


If you would like to help us with political activities and want to be able to officially vote on endorsements, please join our COPE committee!

Highlight the link below and sign up for as little as $5 a month!






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CCFF Union Rally


We need your support!

Come to the rally on Wednesday, May 4 @ 5:30 pm at the Administrative Quad

See attached flyer:

CCFF Union Rally Details

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