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).
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Mary Anne Gularte
Vice President of Human Resources/Assistant Superintendent
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,
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.
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.”