CCFF President’s Response

CCFF President’s Response

Dear Colleagues,

How odd, an update from an unnamed District’s negotiating team!
What is missing from the District’s update is this: NO salary steps added to FT faculty salary schedule. NO COLA added. NO fair compensation for chairs. NO early retiree benefits. NO paid office hours for PT faculty. NO compensation for summer office hours.
If we want steps added to FT faculty salary schedule, we have to give up some of the raises
If we want COLA that is funded by the state, we have to give up the raises
If we want fair compensation for chairs, we have to give up the raises
If we want early retiree benefits, we have to give up the raises
If we want paid summer office hours, we have to give up the raises
If we want paid office hours for PT faculty, we have to give up the raises
It is clear that faculty and students do not matter.
Meanwhile, our purchasing power has declined by 14% since 2008. And the reserves are piling up: You can look it all up on the District’s budget presentation.
Current reserves:  $22.2m (slide 12)
Budgeted surplus this year: $16.5m (slide 14)
Reserves in Fund 41: $12m (slide 18)
Total $50.7 million
Make no mistake, this is money that is piling up on the backs of faculty and students. We can do better. We deserve better. And we need your support.
A real negotiations update will be coming soon from the CCFF’s negotiating team.
Sincerely,
Solomon Namala
(President, CCFF)