Union Update – May 9, 2019

Unemployment Benefits

If you’re not teaching this summer, or if your usual workload is less than it usually is, you may qualify for unemployment benefits or partial unemployment benefits. This financial safety net can help many of us get through the three month summer, when work is sparse.

The CCFF is hosting an Unemployment Benefits Workshop for members on May 10, 2-4 pm in LC 51 to give you the information you need to apply for benefits.

Email CCFF’s Part-Time Vice-President, Bobbi-Lee Smart, to RSVP: bsmart@cerritos.edu

May 22 Rally in Sacramento

Supporters of education from all over the state will be at the Sacramento rally advocating for positive change in California’s education systems. Rally goers will support various California bills that are meant to increase funding for full-time hires, strengthen enforcement of the 75/25 rule, quicken the progress toward the 75/25 full-time to part-time instructor population ratio, fix the formula funding, re-route funding away from the online community college back into traditional community colleges, in addition to several other proposed measures.

At this year’s CFT Convention, a resolution for a vote of no confidence in the current CCC Chancellor was passed (see the attached for a copy of the resolution). This is why, during the rally @1 pm, Community College Faculty are marching from the Capitol to the Chancellor’s office to present the Chancellor of California Community Colleges, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, with votes of no confidence for his lack of transparency and non-willingness to consult and collaborate with major educational state entities—including the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges (ASCCC), the Community College Council of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the Community College Association of California Teachers Association (CTA), and the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC)—on statewide changes, including AB 705, Guided Pathways, the online community college, and the new funding formula.

The CCFF is funding airfare for three individuals to attend the rally and represent our college. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact CCFF’s President, Stephanie Rosenblatt at srosenblatt@cerritos.eduby noon on Tue, May 14. Once in Sacramento, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) will run a shuttle to transport rally-goers to the event. In addition to ground transportation, food, snacks, beverages, and t-shirts will be provided.

CFT Committees

Every two years, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) holds nominations for several state committees. Currently, there are committee openings for Adult Education, Career & Technical Education, Early Childhood Education, Ethnic Minority Participation Leadership, Labor & Climate Justice Education, and Retirement Policy.  If you would like to represent our local on one of these committees, please contact CCFF’s President, Stephanie Rosenblatt atsrosenblatt@cerritos.edu by 5pm on Tuesday, May 14 to be nominated.

Election Challenge

On April 30 two members contacted the Election Committee to challenge the election results.  The committee is working with CFT/AFT to address the challenge and will issue a report once the investigations have been concluded.

Negotiations

The CCFF and the District are continuing their progress toward producing a clean and complete copy of the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). You would like to view a working copy of the tentative agreement, please click here.

Summer Office Hours

Anyone teaching this summer is entitled to paid office hours. Please notify your division office the week before the summer session begins if you plan to hold summer office hours. This summer, the first day of classes begins the week of May 28 (which is a holiday, by the way). So you will need to notify your division office no later than the last day of Spring finals (Fri, May 25) and before your division office closes on that day. For more details please see the attached document.

CCFF Summer Hours (see attached)

The CCFF will provide limited services over the summer break, and our officers may not be on campus on a daily basis.  If you have any questions or need assistance from the Union over the summer, please email CCFFLocal6215@gmail.com or leave a message at 562-467-5295, and an officer will respond within 24 hours. 

If you are asked to attend a meeting that you believe could be disciplinary, result in disciplinary measures, or negatively impact your working conditions, please email and/or call us before setting up any meetings with the District. If you’re forced to attend a meeting without your union rep present, please remember your Weingarten Rights and calmly notify District representatives:

“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting. Without that representation, I choose not to answer any questions.”

It is also recommended that you take notes of what was said and done at this meeting. Such detailed documentation will help the union assist you.

AFT Vacation & Travel Discounts

For those who making summer vacation plans, the AFT provides member discounts for travel, hotels, vacation rentals, theme parks, as well as many others. If you would like to access these member discounts, please complete the CCFF member form. If you have questions about the form, please click here: About the Member Form. For any other questions, please contact the Membership Chair, Victor Zamora (vzamora@cerritos.edu) or CCFF’s Part-Time Member-At-Large, Pauline Acosta (pacosta@cerritos.edu).