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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The planned Spring 2017 instruction-free flex day has been cancelled.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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@CFE.org.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer break.
Rob Schneiderman, President
Coast Federation of Educators, AFT 1911