Public E-Board Recap & Union Update (Nov 2017)

Hello There!
 
Here is the most recent developments of the Cerritos College Faculty Federation Saga! 
 
Your welcome!
 
Membership
 
Fall Membership Drive
 
The Cerritos College Faculty Federation (CCFF) is having a 10-day membership drive this fall from Tue, Nov 21 to Wed, Dec 6. Our goal is to speak with 150 part-time faculty and sign up 75 new members. The CCFF would like to meet one-on-one with adjunct faculty in their classrooms to inform them about the union and the benefits (including AFT/CFT benefits package, union-provided life insurance, and the ability to vote on the new contract) they would receive by being members. 
 
If you would like to participate in this drive, please contact either the union president, Stephanie Rosenblatt at srosenblatt@cerritos.edu, the Part-Time Member-At-Large, Pauline Acosta at pacosta@cerritos.edu, or the Communications Chair, Veronica Miranda at vmiranda@cerritos.edu. We would greatly appreciate your time and effort.
 
Janus vs AFSCME
 
Because of the new right-to-work Supreme Court case, Janus vs AFSCME, our union is in danger of becoming greatly weakened by a loss of revenue. If Janus wins, the union could lose the revenue collected from agency fee payers (faculty who are not yet union members but have fees deducted from their pay because they benefit from the union’s negotiations) and reduced-fee payers (union members who choose not to pay for non-bargaining related union expenses). Without these funds, the union would strain to continue working at its current pace and strength. 
 
CCFF will work diligently to grow membership to 80% of all faculty, so that, if Janus does win, the court decision will not severely damage the union. 
 
For questions about Janus v AFSCME, please contact CCFF’s President, Stephanie Rosenblatt at srosenblatt@cerritos.edu.
 
Annual Membership Meeting
 
CCFF will hold its annual membership meeting the beginning of Spring semester of 2018. At the annual meeting, union members in good standing propose and vote on changes to the CCFF Constitution and its by-laws. The meeting will be held on a Friday, either in late January or in February. Please take the survey to choose your preferred Friday at this link by Dec 1, 2017. 
 
To see a copy of the current CCFF Constitution and its bylaws, please click here.
 
If you have any questions about the CCFF Annual Meeting, please contact the Full-Time Member-At-Large, Tor Lacy at tlacy@cerritos.edu
 
Negotiations
 
The CCFF Negotiations Team met with the District for the first time this academic year to discuss the new contract. On Fri, Nov 17, CCFF and the District presented and discussed their first items.
 
The next negotiations meeting will be held on Fri, Dec 1.
 
To see a copy of the full update, please click on this link.
 
If you have any questions about negotiations, please contact the Lead Negotiator and CCFF’s Full-Time Vice President, Kimberly Rosenfeld at krosenfeld@cerritos.edu.
 
Committee on Political Action (COPE)
 
California Federation of Teachers (CFT) Lobby Day
 
The CFT Lobby Day is a chance for faculty to visit California’s capitol to speak face-to-face with state lawmakers about what’s important to them as educators and as members of the college community. This is a great opportunity to affect state laws. For this event, the CFT will provide comprehensive information and support to each attendee. Lobby Day will take place in Sacramento on Tue, Jan 30. Funding for up to three members will be provided for those who are interested in participating in this event. If you are interested in being apart of Lobby Day, please fill out the online form sent out by the COPE Chair, Lyndsey Lefebvre, byWed, Nov 29. You can find a copy of the link to the form here.
 
For more information, please visit the CFT page about Lobby Day.
 
COPE Meeting
 
The next COPE meeting will Thur, Nov 30 at 4pm in LC-51. At the meeting the COPE Committee Guidelines for Endorsement will be reviewed and voted on. 
 
If you have any questions about Lobby Day, COPE meetings, or the guidelines for endorsement, please contact the COPE Chair, Lyndsey Lefebvre at lyndseylefebvre@gmail.com.
 
President’s Report
 
CFT Annual Convention
 
The CFT Annual Convention will take place from Fri-Sun, Mar 23-25 in 2018 at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa. The Convention is open to all CFT members (CCFF members are AFT/CFT members). It is the Federation’s highest governance body, where delegates shape union policy and positions on issues affecting all members. General Sessions are packed with speakers, panel discussions, workshops, inspiring awards, debate on union policy, as well receptions, which provide attendees time to speak and network with like-minded members. 
 
The CCFF voted to fund up to ten members to attend the CFT Annual Convention next year. However, if more than 10 members are interested in going, the union would look into funding them as well. This funding would cover the cost of parking and/or meals. 
 
For more information about the convention, please visit the CFT Annual Convention page.
 
If you are interested in attending this event, or if you have any questions about the convention, please contact CCFF’s President, Stephanie Rosenblatt at srosenblatt@cerritos.edu
 
California Federation of Teacher (CFT)  Update
 
Legislative Update
 
Governor Jerry Brown had until Oct 15, 2017 to sign or veto bills sent to him by the California legislature for the first year of the 2017-18 legislative session. Non-fiscal and non-emergency bills signed into law by the governor will take effect on Jan 1, 2018.
 
For a list and summary of the laws that would affect CFT members, please clickhere.
 
Student Scholarships
 
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) proudly offers the children/dependents of CFT members college scholarships every year. Scholarships of $1,000 and $3,000 will be awarded in 2018. Because Cerritos College Faculty Federation (CCFF) members are apart of the CFT, their children/dependents qualify for these scholarships. Please see the link here for deadlines and more information about the awards.

 

Veronica Miranda
Your Communications Chair
Cerritos College Faculty Federation
11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
CB 112
562.467.5295
ccfflocal6215@gmail.com