CFE & District Negotiations Update Powerpoint

On March 25, 2015, Chief Negotiator and Union Vice President Marilyn Kennedy gave  a presentation on Union and District Negotiations. The Coast Federation of Educators hosted the event at Golden West College, LRC-250. Here you will find the Powerpoint presentation that was shown to faculty. Please click the headline to view the gallery.

CFT Convention 2015

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  CFE delegates attended the 73rd Convention of The California Federation of Teachers in the Manhattan Beach Marriott from March 20th – 22nd. Our team contributed to the highest policy-making body of the Federation. There were many guest speakers, workshops, committee meetings, and a full Legislative Action Program.

Coast CCD Board Appoints Dr. Richard A. Jones Interim Chancellor

Juan Gutierrez
Interim District Director, Public Affairs
(714) 438-4605 or (714) 795-7968

Costa Mesa, Calif. – The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees have appointed Dr. Richard A. Jones Interim Chancellor.  Dr. Jones will replace Dr. Tom K. Harris, who recently completed his six-month term as interim chancellor. Dr. Jones will begin his new role at Coast Colleges District on March 2.

Dr. Jones has more than 50 years of experience in higher education.  Since retiring in 1988, he has held several interim positions throughout California. Most recently, he served as Interim President at Columbia College in Sonora, California. Dr. Jones also has served as the interim President/Superintendent at Barstow Community College District and the interim Superintendent of the Palomar Community College District.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Jones has accepted the Interim Chancellor position,” said Coast Community College District Board President Lorraine Prinsky. “Dr. Jones has broad experience working with all constituencies as well as administrators and Trustees. We are confident his experience and expertise will serve the Coast Colleges District well.”

Dr. Jones has an education doctorate degree (Ed.D.) from UCLA in higher education, management and leadership; a master’s degree from San Jose State University in curriculum and teaching of English; a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from San Jose State University in English and journalism; and an associate of arts degree (A.A.) from San Bernardino Valley College.

Born in Santa Ana, Dr. Jones is a Southern California native and currently lives in Yucaipa, California. He is married with four children, eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. His military experience includes service as an infantry sergeant before college, and, after college, as a Lt. Commander, USCGR.

A nation-wide search for a new chancellor will begin immediately.

The Coast Community College District is headquartered in Costa Mesa and is home to three colleges – Coastline Community College in Fountain Valley, Golden West College in Huntington Beach and Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. Together, the colleges serve nearly 50,000 students each year providing traditional degree and transfer opportunities, career and technical training and community programs.




The Coast Community College District is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Ca. along the Orange County coastline.  The district is comprised of Coastline Community College headquartered in Fountain Valley, Golden West College in Huntington Beach and Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

Education Department Cuts Ties with Student Debt Agencies

The AFT is praising the U.S. Department of Education’s Feb. 27 announcement that it will sever ties with five student debt collection agencies. The AFT—through work with coalitions and partners like the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign and Debt-Free Future—has been advocating for this type of action for several years.

“These student debt collection agencies—including Pioneer Credit Recovery, a subsidiary of Navient Corp., the nation’s largest student loan servicer—are known predatory actors whose profit-taking has contributed to the wage stagnation of an entire generation,” AFT President Randi Weingarten says. “Until higher education is free, collection of student debt should not be handled by for-profit firms. It should be brought back into the Department of Education, where it was for many years.

“This is a victory for every student who wants to climb the ladder of opportunity. Let’s face it: Most of us aren’t pole vaulters; we climb this ladder one rung at a time. These student debt collection agencies are pulling the rungs out from under our nation’s students and graduates. We’re glad the Department of Education has finally taken a first step to protect those with student debt.”

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Negotiations Update February 2015

Hello CFE Members.  Your negotiation team will be returning to the bargaining table to resume negotiations with the District in February.

Review of the Negotiations Year So Far.

Since leaving Interest-Based Negotiations (IBN) and returning to a traditional proposal-based style, your CFE team and the District team have tentatively agreed on the following changes to the contract:

  1. Global Renumbering (Contract Organization). 10, 2014:  Allows all sections of the contract to be more user friendly, consistently organized, and clearly labelled, making sections easier to refer to, locate, and cite.
  2. Personnel Files, Article VII. Oct. 31, 2014: Ensures, clarifies, and expands rights so that faculty and management can mutually agree to move personnel file material to the contract-approved sealed envelope before the four-year period currently allowed.  After the four-year period faculty can still make a unilateral request to move material to that sealed envelope.
  3. Academic Relations, Article X. Nov. 21, 2014: Added the words “individual” faculty, “selecting,” and “Course Outline of Record” in clarification of textbook selection.  Clarified and simplified language on department chair elections—the election process remains the same, run by the Senate, but confusing language about division senator oversight has been removed¾something that was causing repeated problems at OCC and will not affect or change the processes at GWC or Coastline and all colleges will be consistent.
  4. Unpaid Leaves, Article XVII. Nov. 21, 2014: Per legal advisement of our lawyer, updated the language to match federal law on military personnel leave.
  5. Hours of Service, Article XI. 21, 2014: Allows counselors to provide distance-based online synchronous (real time) counseling services, as appropriate, upon faculty member’s request and administrator’s approval.
  6. Working Conditions, Graduations. Article XII. 5, 2014.  Part-time faculty who are required to attend graduation will be compensated at the non-instructional miscellaneous rate.
  7. Paid Leaves, Article XIV. 5, 2014.  Allows a faculty member to report his/her absence to only one office—not two or more.  Updates service compensation processes/rules for faculty who are on leave for elected, official state union work.

Here is Our Work in Progress.

  1. Professional Security, Article IX: The District proposed removal of contract language which provides strong protections for temporary and categorical faculty members, language that ensures maximum legal “just cause” protections; the District proposed defaulting to the minimum legal Ed. Code protections for those faculty.  The District also proposed changes in the reprimand process.  CFE rejected those changes.
  2. Working Conditions and Duties, Functional Door Locks. XII.  CFE proposed functional door locks for classrooms and offices and active shooter protocol in the safety section of the contract.
  3. Working Conditions and Duties, Updated Offices, and Offices for Part-Timers: Article. XII.  CFE proposed language updating full-time faculty office needs, ensuring secure offices and equipment (no more than four full-time faculty per office).  We also proposed similar changes for part-timers (with more part-time faculty per office space), but the District rejected the part-timers’ portion.  We are working on a counter offer.
  4. Due Process, Article XV: The District proposed to change the student grievance process in the contract by completely removing it and proposing that it default to Board Policies where faculty will have “input.”  More concerning, the District proposed changes that would require CFE faculty members to report incidents of suspected sexual harassment and discrimination, making all CFE faculty mandatory reporters.  Because of the legal concerns and training necessities of this proposal, we are preparing a counter proposal.
  5. Working Conditions, Class Management, Art. XII: The District proposed that faculty be contractually responsible for assessing students’ course objectives, assigning grades and keeping records, dropping students as necessary, suspending students for acute disruption, providing syllabi and course objectives to students 30 days after accepting the assignment and no later than one week prior to the start of priority registration. We are preparing a counter to this proposal.
  6. Evaluations Wrap-Up: CFE and the District also worked on finalizing and consolidating the changes made to the tenure-track faculty evaluations segments of our contract. We are beginning work on the regular faculty evaluations sections of the contract.
  7. Survey: We are creating a new survey for faculty.
  8. Health Benefits and Compensation: We are preparing for negotiations on both health benefits and compensation.



Your Negotiations Team:  Marilyn Kennedy, Chief Negotiator (Orange Coast, English);  Bob Fey (CFE Executive Director); Chris Hamilton (Golden West, Business and Law); Ann Holliday (Coastline, DSPS); Dan Johnson (Coastline, History); Frank Oppedisano (CFT Field Representative); Rob Schneiderman (Orange Coast, Counseling); and Elizabeth Sykes (Golden West, Computing Systems).

Press Release: AFT’s Weingarten: President’s Budget Gives More Families a Pathway to the Middle Class

For Release:

Monday, February 2, 2015


Kate Childs Graham 202/393-6354; cell 202/615-2424

WASHINGTON—Statement from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the president’s budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

“Government can’t do it all, but it can help level the playing field for working families. That’s what the president’s budget aims to do. By targeting investments in child care and paid sick leave, enabling more students to go to community college and helping battle America’s worn infrastructure, it gives more families a pathway to the middle class.

“Nowhere is this truer than in the president’s focus on children. With half of public school students living in poverty and more than 30 states funding public education at pre-recession levels, the president’s proposed $1 billion increase in Title I funding will be a huge help. It will give all kids equal resources, including the computers, lower class sizes, and nurses and counselors they need, even when their communities can’t afford to give it to them. This was what President Johnson envisioned 50 years ago when he passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as part of his War on Poverty. Today, this investment is more important than ever.

“The investments the president proposes will help the middle class and grow our economy. The taxes he proposes simply ask those who have done very well to help others climb up that same ladder of opportunity. But unless Congress acts to both end sequestration and implement the president’s proposals, it will mean nothing to working families who continue to feel left behind from an economy that increasingly benefits only the wealthy few.”

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Spring Luncheons: Save the Dates!

Please mark your calendars for the following CFE Luncheon dates:

February, Wednesday, 25th GWC Luncheon, noon

March, Wednesday, 25th GWC Luncheon, noon

April, Wednesday, 8th OCC Luncheon, noon

April, Wednesday, 22nd GWC Luncheon, noon

Districts To Recommit To Classifed Workers To Make Schools Work Better: By Joshua Pechthalt

Op-ed in today’s LA Daily News

The women and men who clean classrooms, drive school buses, maintain security on campuses, assist students, greet parents, prepare and serve food in cafeterias, maintain and repair schools and assist teachers in the classroom are the glue that keep our schools and public education working.

Unfortunately, not only do these indispensable education workers fail to get the recognition they deserve, they are also the first group to be laid off during budget cuts and the last to be rehired when school funding picks up. As the state economy continues to rebound and Proposition 30 puts more money into public education, it’s time to restore classified positions and make school environments safe and conducive to learning, teaching and working.

From 2007 to 2012, California’s teacher workforce declined by approximately 11 percent, or 32,000 teachers, and school districts eliminated courses, cut programs and services, and increased class sizes.

During the same time period, at least 50,000 classified employees lost their jobs. Our students and schools were hurt by these layoffs as well, and yet the media said little. But the reduction of classified jobs goes back even further.

As a teacher for more than 20 years at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, I saw a systematic elimination of classified jobs, including custodians, cafeteria workers, gardeners and other jobs that were essential to maintaining a safe, clean, well-run school and providing services to students, parents and teachers.

When I first began teaching in the early 1980s, Mr. Brown, the custodian on my floor, cleaned my classroom nightly, dry mopped the floor and had the room ready for the next day. With each passing year and cuts to custodial care, Mr. Brown and the people who replaced him were given less time to spend per room and despite their hard work, couldn’t maintain the room as they had in the past. When a custodian was ill and unable to go to work, there was no replacement worker. That meant the already overworked custodial staff had additional work, making it even more difficult to keep the rooms and school site clean.

Over the years, cafeteria workers have also seen the elimination of jobs and a de-skilling of their profession. Those of us who attended public schools in the 1960s remember school cafeterias that served wholesome meals and prepared fresh baked goods. Even in my early years of teaching, the school cafeteria at Manual Arts served quality food and was a hub of activity during nutrition and lunch breaks. Little by little, fewer meals were cooked at the school site and increasingly cafeteria workers were serving prepackaged food sent by the district. What had once been a vital part of the school community had been effectively eliminated in the name of efficiency.

The elimination and contracting out of classified jobs, like bus drivers, has a negative ripple effect on the economy. In K-12 and community college districts, classified workers are overwhelming unionized. When these jobs are cut, workers have to scramble for non-union, low-wage jobs with fewer benefits. This has a disproportionate impact on working-class neighborhoods and communities of color.

All children, not just those in affluent communities or those who go to private schools, deserve to attend clean, safe, well-maintained schools. The education of a child does take a village and that village has gardeners, custodians, cafeteria workers, and aides as well as teachers. California’s school districts need to recommit to making our public schools attractive, safe and inviting learning communities for the millions of children who attend them every day.

Joshua Pechthalt is president of the California Federation of Teachers, representing more than 120,000 members. CFT will hold its Classified Conference Dec. 5-7 in Irvine.


  NegoUpdates2014Logo.SquareOn August 7 and 8, 2014, CFE secured for its faculty who were employed as of July 1, 2013, a retroactive 1.57% COLA increase to all compensation received last year, plus a 0.85% COLA increase effective July 1, 2014.  There were no changes to the 2014-2015 benefits.

(11/18/2014) What’s Happening with Negotiations?

After Union President and Chief Negotiator Dean Mancina’s retirement in late August, the CFE negotiations team reconfigured somewhat to continue on with the important work of negotiations.

Your restructured CFE Negotiations team, led by Chief Negotiator Marilyn Kennedy (Orange Coast, English), is comprised of these union/college representatives:  Bob Fey (CFE Executive Director), Chris Hamilton (Golden West, Business and Law), Ann Holliday (Coastline, DSPS), Dan Johnson (Coastline, History), Frank Oppedisano (CFT Field Representative), Rob Schneiderman (Orange Coast, Counseling), and Elizabeth Sykes (Golden West, Computing Systems).

Here’s what’s been happening:

On August 7-8, during back-to-back negotiation sessions, the District negotiation team submitted their formal, written intent to abandon interest-based negotiating/bargaining (IBN or IBB), and return to proposal-based negotiating with some potential for a hybridization of the two, as needed.  Since both teams must be on board to employ IBB, this required that both teams had to renegotiate the basic “Ground Rules” of our mutual table as we moved back to proposal-based negotiation.   These alterations have changed the nature of negotiations; as before the negotiating sessions focused on mutual talking out of an issue by all members of the teams and then narrowing to mutually-agreed on interests, proposal-based employs a more formal structure of pre-written article proposals which are presented by the chief negotiators. Where IBB rarely had individual caucuses as both teams worked in unity at the table, proposal-based more clearly delineates sides and requires more sequestered single-team caucuses.  Consequently, both methods have their benefits and drawbacks.

Here’s what’s been happening at our proposal-based table:

  1. Personnel Files, Article VII: This portion of the article was tentatively agreed to by both parties. CFE ensured, clarified, and expanded rights that faculty and management can mutually agree to move personnel file material to the sealed envelope named in the contract before the four-year period.  After the four-year period faculty can request it unilaterally, as before.
  2. Academic Relations (Department Chair Elections), Article X. This portion of the article is near tentative agreement by both parties, clarifying and simplifying the language on department chair elections in regards to the process used in the senate and senator oversight.
  3. Unpaid Leaves, Article XVII. This article is near tentative agreement by both parties, updating our contract to comply with federal law, military personnel, and leave.
  4. Professional Security, Article IX. We are negotiating the language on just cause and reprimands to ensure the continuation of the protection that CFE negotiated in 2011-2012.
  5. Due Process, Article XV. The District proposed to change the due process language; we are currently considering a counterproposal.
  6. Paid Leaves, Article XIV. We are working on a proposal to clarify the process of reporting faculty absences, an area of confusion for some faculty.
  7. Global Renumbering. Tentatively agreed to by both parties, this allows all sections of the contract to be more user friendly, logically organized, and clearly labelled.
  8. Retirement Incentive: The District stated that they have no interest in a

retirement incentive at this time.


Because your input is essential in negotiations, we will be seeking your faculty input via a negotiations survey.  Please keep your eyes open for that in the future.

Our next negotiations session is Friday, November 21.  Stay tuned for an update.

ACCJC Under Fire


City attorneys accused ACCJC President Barbara Beno of unfairly modifying CCSF’s accreditation evaluation. According to attorneys, Beno wrote edits onto the accreditation draft report that toughened sanctions against CCSF which led toward the college’s closure. Under the commissions bylaws, Beno was not allowed to make edits. The key point here is that the commission unfairly conducted their process that could displace up to 79,000 students. Deputy City Attorney Ronald Flynn solidified the team’s draft report found the college to comply with certain accrediting standards, but the final report said they did not. Flynn showed that ACCJC didn’t provide City College with due process.

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Update: Attention Dept. Chairs re: Part-Time Faculty Evaluations & SLOs

(11/19/13 original publication – 10/15/14 update)

Agreement Between the District and CFE

As you know, we began evaluating Full-Time Faculty on SLOs beginning Fall 2013 on the Administrative Evaluation Form. Beginning with the start of Spring 2014, we began to evaluate Part-Time Faculty on SLOs. Both of these systems are temporary until the next contract is ratified between CFE and the District, which will include updated forms for this purpose.

We ask Deans and Department Chairs, when evaluating Part-Time Faculty, to indicate under “Additional comments by evaluator(s)” the evaluatee’s answers to the following two multiple-choice questions:

Are SLOs on your syllabus (syllabi)?
A. Yes
B. No
C. I didn’t know I was supposed to do that.

Do your assignments contribute to SLO(s) achievement?
A. Yes
B. No
C. I didn’t know I was supposed to do that.

You may ask these questions via email or phone when you set up your observation session with the evaluatee, or in person before or after your observation… whichever works best for you.

If, due to the number of Part-Time Faculty evaluations you have to do you are unable to do this step with all of them, it’s OK. We are seeking as much compliance as you can provide and appreciate your help with this intermediary step prior to the implementation of our next contract.

If you have questions, please contact Bob Fey or Gregg Carr if you are faculty member and James Andrews if you are a manager.

Vacant VP Positions on CFE E-Board

We’re looking to add more Vice Presidents to our Executive Board.

The following positions are currently vacant:

Part-time Faculty VP from GWC

Part-time Faculty VP from OCC

Part-time Faculty VP from CCC


Please call our office with your interest to serve (714) 432-5037. Thank you.

Get Involved With CFE This Semester!


Below are brief descriptions of union committees. The meeting days and times of these committees will be determined by the committee members.

Division/Site Representatives – Help distribute information to mail boxes and set up small meetings at a specific site or with a specific group of faculty.

Elections – Help distribute nomination forms and ballots for officer and convention delegate elections and tabulate results.

Labor Education – Develop and participate in labor education activities, including brief presentations to classes and distribution of labor information.

Membership – Help with member meetings and distribution of member information.

Negotiation Support – Research (through internet and member survey/meetings) topics being negotiated.

Newsletter/Communications –Write articles for web site and special newsletter updates.

Part Time Issues – Provide interaction on part time faculty issues to CFE Executive Committee.

Please email or stop by our office in the Faculty House at OCC to let us know about your interest.


Paycheck Errors – More Common Than You Think!


(8/12/14) Members tell us that they often find errors in their paycheck when they go online each month and pull their paystub from the Employee tab at your college’s MYSITE website.  Do you check your paycheck each month?  Recently a member found the District had accidentally shorted him $2,732 on his summer pay.  If you find an error, contact your college’s HR representative immediately.

Summer Pay Cut For All Lab Faculty Teaching This Summer

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(8/12/14) If you taught this summer, did your summer paycheck seem smaller than usual?  Here is the latest anti-employee action by the Coast District.  In  Summer Session 2013 and Winter Intersession 2014, GWC lab faculty received a 16-25% pay cut… the equivalent of 100% minus your loading factor. This summer, the pay cut is being expanded to lab faculty at all three colleges.  CFE filed a grievance on behalf of all affected members, which the District has rejected.  CFE will be filing an unfair labor practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) regarding this unilateral change in compensation.  The District thinks this is related to Brightman (see article, “PERB Case Regarding Brightman Formula Still Unresolved”), but CFE disagrees, since Brightman affects overload only and summer compensation is not considered as overload.

If you are a lab faculty member who taught this summer and you would like to know our estimate of how much your paycheck was cut, call our office at (714) 432-5037.

PERB Case Regarding Brightman Formula Still Unresolved


(8/12/14) The Brightman Formula affects the pay of lab faculty during the fall and spring terms.  Last year CFE filed a complaint regarding the District’s pay cut for lab faculty when management unilaterally stopped using the Brightman Formula after more than two decades.  The complaint was accepted by the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and CFE attended an informal hearing with a PERB mediator and the District last fall.  The matter was not resolved, and PERB is looking for two full days for a formal hearing where PERB, the District, and CFE are all available.   CFE has submitted its availability, will notify you when the hearing is set, and keep you informed as to the progress regarding the resolution of this matter.

Trust Advisor, Graham Hawley Offers Deep Discount for Revocable Living Trusts


IMG_8594(2/13/14) On Feb. 12, 2014 Trust Advisor Graham Hawley was CFE’s first guest speaker from the Wednesday Lunch Series. He has offered to extend the deep discount of $400 to CFE Faculty that want a Revocable Living Trust. The fee will be $750, regularly $1,150.

To contact Graham, please call (714) 637-9840 or visit

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