Vote on CCFF Dues Change through Tuesday 10/17

Dear Union Colleagues,

Beginning Thursday, 10/12, all CCFF members in good standing are invited to vote on a change in the union’s rate of dues.

CHECK your @cerritos.edu email address for a message from ElectionBuddy.com with the subject “Vote Now: CCFF Dues Change.” It will contain voting instructions and a link to vote via the web.

You may need to check your “Other,” “Spam,” “Junk,” or similar mailbox, depending on your email client. If you do not receive the email, contact me and I will have another one sent.

Here is the dues change proposal:

A majority of “Yes” votes cast in this election by CCFF members in good standing will change the dues as follows:
+ For part-time faculty, dues will be increased by $1.59 tenthly in 2017-18, and an additional $1.59 tenthly in 2018-19.
+ For full-time faculty, dues will be increased by $5.75 tenthly in 2017-18, and an additional $5.75 tenthly in 2018-19.

Dues will be collected at the new rate beginning with the Oct. 31 paycheck.

Interpretation:

Part-time Dues

2016-17: $22.69 per tenthly paycheck
2017-18, If YES: $25.83*
2018-19, If YES: $27.42 (est.)**
2017-18, If NO: $24.24*
2018-19, if NO: $24.24 (est.)**

Full-time Dues

2016-17: $98.94 per tenthly paycheck
2017-18, If YES: $106.49*
2018-19, If YES: $112.24 (est.)**
2017-18, If NO: $100.74*
2018-19, if NO: $100.74 (est.)**

*Increases to AFT and CFT fees automatically pass through to members each year, thus either amount for 2017-18 includes this increase.

**Estimate does not include any increase in AFT and CFT fees, which would be passed through automatically.

Thank you,

–George Jarrett

Elections Committee,
Cerritos College Faculty Federation

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CCFF Dues Increase Proposal

Good Afternoon!

I hope that everyone is having a fabulous semester! Or, that at least everyone has a decent supply of caffeine flowing in their bloodstream to last them until the end of the day.

If you’ll remember, my first email of the semester indicated that our grandparent and parent unions—the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT)—made a small dues increase that will be automatically passed through to part-time and full-time faculty, on a national and state-wide level. It was also indicated in the same email that the CCFF has found it necessary to request an increase in membership dues and agency fees, to keep up with the heavy-duty workload we take on on behalf of our dedicated faculty.

The proposal is to increase dues gradually over this academic year and the next. We believe a gradual increase would be the most sensible approach. For part-time faculty, the increase per month (for ten months of the year) would be $1.59 for 2017-18, and then another $1.59 for 2018-19. For full-time faculty, dues would increase $5.75 per month for ten months of the year for 2017-18, and another $5.75 in 2018-19.

Voting begins tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 12).

As the union does not receive funding from Cerritos College to perform its duties, we are considered an independent entity working for the benefit of Cerritos College faculty. This is why we look to our members for their support in us.

Current fees and dues go directly to the day-to-day operations that the union performs on behalf of fellow faculty. With this revenue, union officers are trusted to carry out their offices to the best of their ability. Accordingly, and as one of our duties, the union had fought hard in the last academic year for a new contract, which not only secured health benefits for full-time faculty, but also won increases in salaries and wages for all faculty, as well as increases in the number and amount of hourly compensation for office hours for part-time faculty. These wins were among the many others our negotiations team used their talents to argue for. And, further, these negotiation efforts and successes are among the numerous other responsibilities and accomplishments performed by every CCFF officer on a regular basis.

The cost of such hard work was and is high. Now that we are facing yet another season of long, hard hours—including imminent, tough negotiations for the next three-year contract—our operations will consume more than our previous level of dues will allow. Not only will the process of negotiating require brutally long hours for our negotiations team, it will also require that the team regularly consult with legal counsel. Also, CCFF officers anticipate an ever-growing workload. This includes summer work to support and adequately represent faculty teaching during this interim. It also includes attending leadership and organizing trainings, throughout the state of California, for current and future officers. This is in addition to the ongoing grievance work that will need to be done from year to year. Also, with our new contract, the grievance team has even more faculty rights to defend.

Not only is it important to ensure that members will be able to receive the current level of service from their union, now and in the future, but it is essential that the union spend their efforts to recruit new and dedicated officers to sustain a strong leadership.

These are the reasons for our proposed change of member dues and non-member fees.

We hope we have your support.

Veronica Miranda
Your Communications Chair

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Recap of Public E-Board Meeting (9.19.2017)

Hi All,

To catch everyone up on the most recent Public Executive Board meeting from earlier this week, here is a quick summary of the highlights from the agenda items discussed.

Membership

During the summer, just before the Fall semester began, the union visited the two faculty orientations–one for new full-time faculty and another for new part-time faculty–to talk about the union’s role and purpose.

Also, during this semester, executive board members of the union are beginning an outreach campaign with the goal of talking to 200 current members by mid-October.

If you have any questions about membership, including how to become a member or your membership status, please contact the Membership Chair, Debbie Jensen at djensen@cerritos.edu.

Committee on Political Education (COPE)

The COPE committee is in the process of developing friendly working relationships with the Board of Trustees (BOTs). The COPE Chair has already begun visiting BOT members individually.

The COPE fund is also now growing. Thanks to new generous donors, we now receive about $1,049/mo (for ten months of the year) in donations from our colleagues. If you would like to make a contribution to the COPE fund, please contact the COPE Chair, Lyndsey Lefevbre at llefebvre@cerritos.edu.

The first COPE committee meeting will be held on Wed, Sep 27 at 4:30p in LC 134.

Negotiations

16-Week Calendar

Implementation of the 16-week calendar is currently stalled. CCFF and the District still haven’t come to terms on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The process of implementing the new calendar can begin when this MOU is agreed upon and signed. Also, before transitioning to the new calendar, the BOT has requested a financial analysis of the impact of switching the calendar. However, that analysis will not be triggered until the terms of the MOU have been agreed upon and the MOU itself has been signed. The CCFF and the District started meeting about this in May of this year, but little progress has been made.

Meetings with Human Resources/Management

All bargaining unit members should be aware that, if they are asked to attend a meeting or hearing in Human Resources, or with their dean or chair/manager, that they think might result in disciplinary measures, they have the right to have a union representative accompany them to the meeting. This is part of all faculty’s Weingarten Rights. If you would like to request a union representative to accompany you to such a meeting, please contact Cynthia Lavariere, the Grievance Chair, at clavariere@cerritos.edu.

Budget

This year’s fiscal budget was presented at the meeting by the Treasurer, Terri Alenikov.

The union currently has a $16,000 deficit coming out of the summer intersession (during which, no dues are collected). This deficit will begin to be reversed in November, when dues will begin to be gathered once again.

The union’s executive board is asking members to approve a dues increase. Increased dues will go toward meeting our anticipated legal and negotiated expenses along with providing funding for essential leadership training for current and incoming union officers. Additional funding will also go toward ensuring that the union office can stay open during the summer, so that faculty working during the summer are adequately represented during this intersession.

Copies of the budget will be available in the union office, located in the Classroom Building, room CB 112. Please contact the union President, Stephanie Rosenblatt (srosenblatt@cerritos.edu), to set up a time to pick up a copy and to discuss any items or to answer any questions you may have about the budget.

Veronica Miranda
Your Communications Chair
Cerritos College Faculty Federation (CCFF)
11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
CB 112
562.467.5295
ccfflocal6215@gmail.com
ccffcerritos.org
facebook.com/ccffunion
twitter.com/ccfflocal6215

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Union Public E- Board Meeting

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

The Cerritos College Faculty Federation (CCFF) is holding its next public e-board meeting in the coming week. We would like to invite you to come to discuss the union’s budget, the proposed dues increases, and to answer any questions you may have about them.

The meeting will be held:

Tue, Sep 19
LC 218
11a-12:30p

Please see the attached for the agenda.

We hope to see you there!

Veronica Miranda
Your Communications Officer
Cerritos College Faculty Federation
11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, Ca 90650
CB 112
ccffcerritos.org
facebook.com/ccffunion
twitter.com/ccfflocal6215

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Vote on CCFF Dues Change

Dear Union Colleagues,

In thirty days, on October 14, all CCFF members in good standing will be invited to vote on a change in the union’s rate of dues. The vote will be held electronically; you will receive an email via ElectionBuddy.com to your @cerritos.edu email address with instructions and a link to vote via the web.

Proposal

For part-time faculty, dues be increased by $1.59 tenthly in 2017-18, and an additional $1.59 tenthly in 2018-19.

For full-time faculty, dues be increased by $5.75 tenthly in 2017-18, and an additional $5.75 tenthly in 2018-19.

Interpretation

In 2016-17, part-time faculty paid $22.69 in dues per tenthly paycheck. Because increases to AFT and CFT fees automatically pass through to members each year, if the proposal fails, part-time dues will increase to $24.24 tenthly. If the proposal carries, part-time dues will increase to $25.83 per tenthly paycheck in 2017-18, and an estimated $27.42 tenthly in 2018-19. (The 2018-19 number may change if AFT and/or CFT increase the fees that are passed through automatically.)

In 2016-17, full-time faculty paid $98.94 in dues per tenthly paycheck. Because increases to AFT and CFT fees automatically pass through to members each year, if the proposal fails, full-time dues will increase to $100.74. If the proposal carries, full-time dues will increase to $106.49 per tenthly paycheck in 2017-18, and an estimated $112.24 tenthly in 2018-19. (The 2018-19 number may change if AFT and/or CFT increase the fees that are passed through automatically.)

In either case, the change in dues will be seen on pay stubs beginning with the Oct. 31 paycheck.

Per our by-laws, change in the rate of dues requires a majority of votes cast in an election by CCFF members in good standing.

–George Jarrett

Elections Committee,
Cerritos College Faculty Federation

PS: CCFF will hold its next public Executive Board meeting next Tuesday, September 19 in LC 218. The agenda will include presentation of the union’s annual budget, and discussion of the proposed dues change. Please attend, or contact any member of your union e-board, if you have questions about the proposal or the election.

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CCFF Update and Dues Increase

Hello Fellow Cerritos Faculty,

I hope your fall semester has gotten off to a strong start!

Looking ahead, your union representatives have been gearing up for another bout of negotiations and are optimistic about new wins for Cerritos College Faculty!

At last year’s state-wide and national conventions, both the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) voted to increase the fees our union (as well as, other AFT/CFT locals) would contribute. These increases will be automatically passed on to everyone in our bargaining unit by November 1.

At the end of the spring semester, our local union’s executive board took a hard look at our expenses and voted to propose an increase to our local dues. This semester, the union is announcing the details of that proposal at our next public executive board meeting on September 19 from 11:00a-12:30p in LC 218.

Since our last dues increase in 2012, the union has grown in size and has made steady progress. Most recently, this move forward has resulted in being able to successfully bargain for multiple gains for our faculty. Now, to continue to grow and to continue our work for Cerritos College Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty, the CCFF has found that it is essential to raise revenues to equal expenditures.

At our next Public Executive Board Meeting, we will discuss the dues increase and our rationale for proposing it.

Per the union’s constitution, the Cerritos College Faculty Federation (CCFF) is required to give faculty membership 30 days notice of a vote for an increase in dues and fees (Article VI, Section 7b).

Also per the union constitution, “Changes in the rate of dues may be enacted by a majority vote of those cast by CCFF members in good standing” (Article VI, Section 7).

In other words, all CCFF members, who are in good standing, will have the opportunity to vote on this increase at the time a ballot is distributed.

In the days and weeks to come, our union officers and affiliates will make efforts to further discuss these increases, in order to answer your questions and to fully inform everyone of the details. Please feel free to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have.

We look forward to talking with you all!

Veronica Miranda
Your Communications Chair

To see a copy of the union constitution, please visit: Constitution and By-Laws

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Paid Summer Office Hours

Are you teaching a summer class?  Full and part-time faculty are entitled to one paid office hour for each unit you are teaching in the summer.  For example, if you are teaching a 3-unit class you can be paid for up to three office hours during the summer session or 30 minutes a week for 6 weeks.  The same holds true if you are teaching a lab section.  If you are teaching your class online, your office hours can be online.

Make sure you let the dean of your division know how many office hours you will be holding and when you will have them by Monday, May 15.

All faculty are paid their teaching rate for summer office hours.

For more information: See Article 14 of your contract https://ccffcerritos.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CCFF-Faculty-Contract-7-1-2015-to-6-30-2018-v2.pdf

CCFF thanks you and wishes you a wonderful summer,- wherever you are.

Sincerely,

Craig Breit
CCFF Communications Chair

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CCFF Executive Board Election Results

Dear Colleagues,

CCFF Executive Board elections closed at 7 p.m. May 4. The following are the results:

President
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Stephanie Rosenblatt: 158 votes (100.0%)
Votes tallied: 158
Abstentions: 16

Vice-President, Full-Time Faculty
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Kimberly Rosenfeld: 161 votes (100.0%)
Votes tallied: 161
Abstentions: 13

Vice-President, Part-Time Faculty
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Bobbi-Lee Smart: 137 votes (100.0%)
Votes tallied: 137
Abstentions: 37

Member-at-Large, Full-Time Faculty
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Tor Lacy: 96 votes (61.9%)
Carlos Arce: 59 votes (38.1%)
Votes tallied: 155
Abstentions: 19

Member-at-Large, Part-Time Faculty
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João Paulo Pereira : 53 votes (42.7%)
Pauline Acosta: 71 votes (57.3%)
Votes tallied: 124
Abstentions: 50

Secretary
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George Jarrett: 160 votes (100.0%)
Votes tallied: 160
Abstentions: 14

Treasurer
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Teresa Alenikov: 149 votes (100.0%)
Votes tallied: 149
Abstentions: 25

Committee on Political Education (COPE) Chair
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Dennis Falcon : 59 votes (36.2%)
Lyndsey Lefebvre: 104 votes (63.8%)
Votes tallied: 163
Abstentions: 11

Membership Chair
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Debbie Jensen: 155 votes (100.0%)
Votes tallied: 155
Abstentions: 19

According to CCFF By-Laws, successful candidates shall assume office the day following the end of the academic year.

Sincerely,

Solomon Namala, Hagop Najarian and Thad Szabo
(CCFF Election Committee)

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Dept. Chair Elections, Compensation, and Assumption of Duties (Summer)

CCFF and the District are happy to share our recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding assumption of chair summer duties and compensation (see attached).

The MOU addresses departments that have had elections this spring and their options for who will be the chair during the summer. For those department  with continuing chairs, it indicates options for summer chair work. In short, you should decide whether you would like to work over the summer or not and inform your division Dean by no later than Thursday, May 11th. Please keep in mind that if you choose to work over the summer, it is expected that you maintain contact with your division.

Please feel to contact Adriana Flores-Church or Kimberly Rosenfeld if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Adriana and Kimberly

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CCFF Meeting Tuesday, April 18, 2017, SS 136

Our next CCFF (Cerritos College Faculty Federation) meeting will be held in Social Sciences room 136 next Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:00 am. Please attend. We have many important items to discuss. Among them:

+ A dues restructuring for next year. A portion of your dues is required to go to the AFT and CFT. American Federation of Teachers and California Federation of Teachers are the parent unions of CCFF. We have more control over the rates set for our local chapter dues. Your union has done and is doing more than ever before. And we are gearing up for negotiations which will begin anew in the Fall.
The restructuring is not expected to cost you more than a couple of cups of Starbucks coffee per month.

+ Time will be provided for you to hear from the ladies and gentlemen who are running for a CCFF office in the upcoming election:

Full Time Faculty Member-at-Large: Tor Lacy and Carlos Arce
Part Time Faculty Member at-Large: J.P. Pereira and Pauline Acosta
COPE (Committee on Political Education) Chair: Dennis Falcon and Lyndsey Lefebvre

Come find out more, hear about your next pay raise (2.5% on July 1) and some of the helpful plans your union has for the benefit of our entire bargaining unit.

We cordially invite you and look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Craig Breit
CCFF Communications Chair

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