Summer Update

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I hope you are having a great summer!
During this time, CFE is busy working for our members. Yes, even during the summer, faculty members need representation at district meetings or with issues that violate their due process rights.
If you follow #CFE1911 on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram you may have seen CFE Leaders attending CFT Union Summer School at Cal Poly Pomona. We have also attended Board of Trustee meetings and represented CFE at multiple county and state labor federation meetings.
 
CFE has been advocating for the following: 
  • AB 1690 – Part Time minimum standards for rehire rights.
  • AB 2069 – Would require districts to report the percentage of part time faculty office hours.
  • Budget item: Additional funding for new full time hiring.
Proposition 30 Extension 
California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act
 

The Coast District currently receives about 13% of its funding from dedicated proposition 30 funds. The proposition (1% tax on couples earning over $400,000 and .25% sales tax) was passed by voters in 2012 and is set to expire in 2018. If the extension fails our district will lose about $20 million dollars. Passage of the extension will not raise taxes on anyone, it will simply preserve the existing income tax structure while the sales tax will expire.

Flex Day August 26th
The Coast District will be holding its first flex day in many years on August 26th. CFE will have one hour to discuss topics which are important to our members. If you have a topic which you think is important to faculty, please let CFE know and we will do our best to address it (rob@cfe1911.org). The planned Spring 2017 instruction-free flex day has been cancelled.
Retro Check
The district will be distributing the 1% retroactive payment to faculty on July 30th.


September CFE Board Meeting
Our first CFE Board Meeting will be on September 1st in the Orange Coast College faulty house. We have three vacant Vice President positions; One at Coastline, one at Orange Coast College, and one at Golden West College. If you are interested in serving, please email me at rob@cfe1911.org. The CFE Board meets the first Thursday of each month (9:00AM-12:00) during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Topics at our first CFE executive board meeting in September will include:
  • Updates to CFE bylaws
  • Appointment of new Vice Presidents (GWC & CCC)
  • New policies (Code of ethics, conflict of interest and document retention)
  • Approval of 2016-17 CFE Budget
Please keep your eyes open for the CFE Fall 2016 survey.
CFE wants to be responsive to our members and the survey will guide CFE priorities in 2016-17.
 
Faculty participation plays an important roll in the success of our union.
CFE hopes to provide many levels of engagement for our members. Thank you for taking time to read our emails and take our surveys. CFE will also be offering topical meetings and luncheons at varying times throughout the semester. This will offer additional opportunities for in-person participation. Both myself and CFE Executive Director Bob Fey would also like to visit your department meetings to hear your priorities and concerns. Please invite us by emailing me (Rob@CFE1911.org) with the time and place of your meeting. We hope that our surveys, meetings, and department visits will provide an increased opportunity for communication and member involvement.

 

NEW OPPORTUNITY!

CFE is trying to develop a site based structure which would provide more transparency and opportunities for faculty to share their college’s issues. If you have an interest in serving on a committee which would meet once a semester to provide feedback to CFE and assist with setting priorities, please email me at Rob@CFE1911.org.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer break.

Rob Schneiderman, President
Coast Federation of Educators, AFT 1911

Contract Ratification

CFE held a contract ratification vote from April 26 to May 10 and I would like to announce the outcome. 

Before discussing the results, however, I want to thank those who helped with the ratification, Bob Fey (Executive Director) and Frank Oppedisano (CFT Field Representative) and the CFE election committee, Carol Barnes and Darryl Isaac. They did a wonderful job ensuring the integrity of the ratification vote.

 Thank you to all the faculty who have been engaged in the contract ratification process. Since the tentative agreement was reached in February, CFE has offered many contract education sessions to explain the changes from our previous collective bargaining agreement. We appreciate your participation in these sessions, your diligence in reviewing the contract, asking contract questions and voting.

 The votes have been tallied and the results are in – 88% of voting CFE members approved of the Tentative Agreement!

 This ratified agreement includes the following:

  • 6.5% – 7% raise over three years (1% Retro Pay)
  • Increase in the lab factor to 83%
  • No change to Kaiser health benefits
  • No change to UHC health benefits
  • Free healthy/preventative coverage visits in the PPO
  • 20% increase in department chair pay
  • Enhanced scheduling language
  • Professional Development improvements
  • PDI/IPD Alternatives Methods Budget increased from $12,000 to $36,000
  • Inside door locking on all doors

 The 1% retroactive pay check is expected to be sent to CFE members in June or July.

Thank you to the ratification teams from all three campuses, Stephanie Dumont & Gregg Carr (GWC), Dan Johnson & Ann Holliday (CCC), Eduardo Arismendi-Pardi (OCC). These people helped answer questions and get out the vote.

 Thank you again for your participation in the ratification vote and staying in the fight to improve working conditions for the faculty in the Coast Community College District.

~ Rob Schneiderman

 

 

CFE Contract In State Newsletter

Orange County Solidarity gets a contract in the Coast CCD

After three and a half years, faculty at the three campuses of the Coast Community College District have a contract. Rob Schneiderman, President of the Coast Federation of Educators, AFT Local 1911, calls that a victory by itself. The settlement turned back a concerted administration effort to take away hard-won benefits, and achieved economic advances that seemed impossible just a year ago. Highlights include a raise for instructors with lab classes. “They deserve the full amount paid to others,” he says, “but at least this time we went from 75% to 83% of pro-rata, and that’s a step on the way to full equality.” When negotiations began over three years ago, the district demanded a 20% cut in health benefits. In the final agreement, two of the three medical plans are unchanged, and the last had minor adjustments.

The difference Prop 30 makes

Overall, faculty got a 7% raise over three years, after many years with no raise at all. “The economy turned,” Schneiderman explains, “but what really made the difference was the Prop 30 money. We now have a revenue stream that’s reliable.” Part-timers won pay for office hours for the first time, from a fund the district agreed to create. Faculty have better scheduling language, and faculty requests will henceforth be honored. Staff also got two flex—or staff development—days, fully paid. Less than a year ago, the district called for state mediation and threatened that it would impose a contract with drastic cuts. The district chancellor even demanded that faculty work 17 additional days per year, with no compensating pay increase for it. Administrators sought to cap benefits, and force faculty to pay the cost of any future increase. “We went from all of that to a good settlement. It’s remarkable,” Schneiderman says.

District intransigence

What made the difference was solidarity. The local communicated regularly with members, and put news of negotiations in faculty boxes. Union activists went to faculty meetings to let people understand the problem of the district’s intransigence. Finally Schneiderman and local leaders approached their sister union at Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The union there made a commitment to put flyers in the boxes of all faculty, explaining the threat to impose the contract at Coast College. “High schools in that district are feeders for Coast College,” Schneiderman explains. “We told our trustees that we would go into those high schools, and after hearing about the conflict at Coast, students wouldn’t want to go there.” The tense situation at Coast changed completely. “One day we had a meeting with the trustees,” he says, “and the next I got a call from the chancellor saying that we had to get busy to get the contract settled. It’s been a long protracted battle, but we have come out as a stronger union.”

~ by David Bacon

 

Coast Federation of Educators Contract

Coast Federation of Educators Contract