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