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.


Summer CFE Office Hours


(8/12/14) We are on a reduced schedule this summer, but please call if you have questions.  If we are not in the office when you call, we will call you back when we return.  Please call (714) 432-5037 and leave your name and number clearly on our voicemail.

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.

Free Annual Labor Day Picnic Aug. 30 @ Santa Ana Zoo!



Annual Labor Day Picnic – Free For Members And Their Families

Labor unions throughout Orange County will celebrate the contributions of the Labor Movement on Saturday, August 30, from 10am-3pm at the Santa Ana Zoo.  Free parking, food, games, entertainment, and admission to the zoo is included for all union members and their immediate families.  For more information, check out the events calendar at

Health Benefits – Change The Way You Choose Your Plan Via “Open Enrollment”

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(8/12/14) Your benefits plans remain unchanged for 2014-15.  However, if you want to move among our plans (PPO, Kaiser, and United HealthCare), the way you do that this year has changed.   Open Enrollment is August 1-September 3, 2014. If you want to stay with the plan you have, as before, there is no need to do anything.  But if you wish to change, the packet previously mailed to your home is, instead, available online via your college MYSITE website.  After you log into the website, you’ll find the Benefits & Deductions link at the EMPLOYEE tab.

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.

Current Updates from Negotiations


(8/12/14) Where is our COLA?

Your negotiating team has been working for months to get you the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to salaries that we have previously negotiated in our contract.   CFE even pursued the grievance and arbitration process, but management has refused to comply and issue the additional compensation due to CFE faculty.  After more than six hours of negotiations on August 7 & 8, CFE secured for all faculty employed as of July 1, 2013 (over a year ago) retroactive 1.57% COLA increase to all compensation you received last year, plus 0.85% COLA increase effective July 1, 2014.  It will take some time to prepare new salary schedules, etc., but these will be posted on our website as soon as they are ready.  The District will keep us posted as to when your ongoing paychecks will be adjusted and corrected, and when they will be able to send out the retroactive checks for last year.  It will likely take a month or two. We will provide you with that information as soon as it is available.   Note that the agreement to provide COLA does not limit CFE’s ability to negotiate additional compensation on the salary schedule, or for specific assignments, such as Department Chair compensation, etc.  Successor contract negotiations continue on September 12, 2014.  Marilyn Kennedy (OCC English), a current member of the CFE negotiation team, is CFE’s new Chief Negotiator effective August 25, 2014. 

(4/24/14)  At our negotiation session on April 4, we were expecting to hear the District’s money offer as planned for months, but were told that would be delayed until April 18.  They also asked if we would be interested in closing the contract where it is right now and then continue on to negotiate the remaining items.  There are advantages to having an unexpired contract in place.  We replied we would consider it after we heard the District’s fiscal report on April 18.  Meanwhile, we negotiated improved language for both Load and Overload Scheduling.

At our session on April 18, we received the District’s initial offer for a rollover of the current contract with a fiscal offer plus all articles we have tentatively agreed on so far, with an understanding that we would immediately return to the table to continue negotiating on the remaining items.  We considered that on your behalf, and presented a counter-offer to the District, based on our research into other California Community College Districts that both teams agree would be comparable for a salary comparison.  Those Districts have negotiated raises ranging from 1.57% to 3.65% retroactive to July 1, 2013.  The District is considering our offer.  We also pointed out that even if we came to agreement on a rollover, it would still take until June to ratify the contract with our members since they are busy at the end of the term with finals, research papers, and semester/year wrap-up activities.

Why would we even consider a rollover?  As your negotiation team. we have asked ourselves the same question.  Many key matters we want to finish negotiating would be left unfinished in the rollover settlement.  The answer to that is in the nature of the District’s salary increase offer.  The offer has a retroactive component, but if we don’t settle by June 30 of this year, that offer is off the table.  So we are faced with weighing the opportunity for a retroactive increase on your salary schedule with unfinished negotiations on class size, department chair compensation, and a long list of other important items.  

Our next session is on Friday, April 25.  Stay tuned for an update after that session.


(3/13/14)  Your negotiation team met with district management on February 21 and March 7.  Here is an update of where we are in negotiating our next contract.

New District Chief Negotiator – Since the departure of Deb Hirsh, the District has hired an attorney,  Randy Erickson, to serve as the Chief Negotiator for management for the Spring 2014 semester.  Much of our February 21 meeting was successfully spent getting him up to speed on our process, apprising him of the progress we have made at the table so far, and organizing a plan to address the remaining areas of interest in negotiations for this contract.  Of particular note is that he has been given the ‘Authority to Bargain’ by the Board of Trustees, which will make negotiations proceed much faster.

Evaluations – We have finished negotiating a framework for a revised evaluation process for tenure-track faculty.  We are now working on improved processes for regular (tenured), temporary, categorical, and part-time faculty.

Scheduling – We are negotiating on the interests of faculty rights that also meet student needs, as well as full-time/part-time scheduling issues.

Send us concerns you have regarding the following negotiations issues that are next on our agenda:

Rights of the District –  Are the rights of the District delineated in this article limited by what is negotiated in the other articles in our contract?

Textbook Issues – What should happen when the department agrees to all use a textbook that a single faculty member doesn’t feel will be as effective in producing student success as another text?

Grievance and Arbitration Process – When we are “between contracts” as we are now, should arbitration be an available option for faculty?

Part-Time Faculty Rehire Rights – Is there a way to provide greater job security for part-time faculty and retain management hiring flexibility?

Plus the following money matters that will be on the table at our April meetings –

Class Size – Both the maximum class size for smaller (under 55) and larger (over 54) classes is on the table for re-negotiation.

Health Benefits – We anticipate having a recommendation from the Health Benefits Advisory Committee to review for possible negotiation.

Compensation – We are compiling a list of California Community College Districts that have settled compensation negotiations as part of a salary comparability study.

Department Chair Compensation – CFE’s position is that it is too low and there is a lack of compensation equity amongst the Chairs.

All Other Interests that have a Monetary Component – Several topics will be negotiated, including Professional Development, Duty Days/Flex Days, Loading Factors, Part-Time Faculty Compensation, Contract Education, and Reassigned Time.

Note that tentative agreements are not final agreements and subject to change.  Additionally, the entire contract must be ratified by CFE members and the Board of Trustees before any contractual changes are implemented.

Our next session is March 14, 2014.   Please contact any negotiation team member to provide input.  Direct questions to Dean Mancina, CFE Chief Negotiator, at

Your Team:  Bob Fey, CFE Executive Director; Chris Hamilton, GWC; Ann Holliday, CCC; Dan Johnson, CCC; Marilyn Kennedy, OCC; Dean Mancina, CFE Chief Negotiator; Marcella Norling, OCC; Rob Schneiderman, OCC, Elizabeth Sykes, GWC.

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CFE Supports Re-electing Tom Torlakson This November


On July 31, 2014, Dean Mancina met with California Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson, pictured here with Newport-Mesa School District Faculty Union President Kimberly Claytor.  Dean discussed budget, accreditation, and full-time/part-time staffing issues with the Superintendent during the one hour meeting.   CFE supports Torlakson’s campaign for re-election this upcoming November.

CFE President Dean Mancina Announces Retirement


For Immediate Release                                             Media Contact:  Jacque Francisco (714) 432-5037


Popular Professor and Labor Leader Announces Union Successor

Costa Mesa, Calif. (June 11, 2014) – CFE President Dean Mancina has announced that he will retire at the end of this summer after 36 years in the Coast Community College District, including ten years as the president of the Coast Federation of Educators (CFE), American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1911.

In a written statement Dean Mancina said, “When I started working at Golden West College in 1978, I would have never guessed I would stay for most of my adult life.  It has been a challenging and rewarding District to work for, and now it’s time for me to be in charge of my daily schedule!”

Prior to his current role as the spokesperson for more than 1,100 full- and part-time faculty at Coastline, Golden West, and Orange Coast colleges, he set up a peer tutoring program and the first open computer lab at Golden West College.  He also co-authored and taught GWC’s popular course on student success “College 100 – Becoming A Successful Student.”

has extensive experience in the labor movement and has served on the CFE Executive Board since 2004.Per the CFE Constitution and Bylaws, presidential vacancies are filled by an appointment of the Executive Board.  The Board has appointed Gregg Carr, GWC Faculty Member and CFE Treasurer, to serve the remainder of Mancina’s term.  Carr

“Gregg Carr will bring new ideas and strategies to empower faculty through their working conditions and compensation.  The Executive Boards and I support him 110%.” said Mancina.

“Dean Mancina’s leadership has provided CFE with a strong foundation and has opened doors of collaboration with legislative and educational organizations from the county, state and the federal levels.  He has been a champion of high-quality education for students and a strong advocate for all Coast Community College District employees,” said Carr.

Mancina’s last day with the Coast District will be Friday, August 22, 2014.  CFE is planning a reception on September 11 from 2-4 p.m. so colleagues, staff, and students may wish him well in his retirement. For more information please email Jacque at or visit



CFE Wins First Place in State Communication Contest!



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(3/26/14) A four and a half-minute summary that explains how our District budgeting promotes the hiring of part-time rather than full-time faculty won 1st prize in a state communications contest, sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers (CFT).

President of CFE Dean Mancina said,”Last fall, I explained to our members the costs of full-time and part-time faculty and our flawed budgeting process at the District. I’m very happy that CFT found it to be worthy of one of their prestigious awards.”

This short video summarized that 60-minute presentation for members who were unable to make the meeting. As budgetary matters change quickly, this video from last fall is already outdated, but if you’d like to watch the winning movie, here’s the link:

CFT Workshop at OCC

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CFT(3/6/2017) CFE invited  CFT Training Director Laura Kurre and Political Organizer Jessica Ulstad to an all-day retreat on February 28, 2014 for a strategic, union building workshop for the Executive Board. CFE is dedicated to improving union outreach by learning new ways of expanding communications.

Topics that were discussed included budgeting, outreach and communications, as well as future goals. Our focus was setting SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals and tactics to reach new and current members.

If you’d like to be more involved with CFE and help shape decisions made for faculty at the Coast District, please contact us at (714) 432-5037 or by email– Stay up-to-date through our Facebook page:

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2/12/14 BOT Study Session Information

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(2/20/14) CFE Members and Coast District Faculty attended the Board of Trustees Study Session  on Feb. 12, 2014 which focused on hiring full time faculty. CFE President Dean Mancina presented a report to the BOT and statements were presented by CFE Executive Board Members, Marilyn Kennedy and Eduardo Arismendi-Pardi. All three are available in the links below:

CFE’s Report to the BOT:

Marilyn Kennedy’s Speech:

Eduardo Arismendi-Pardi’s Speech:

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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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CFT Leadership Conference Recap


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CFT Leadership Conference 009(2/7/14) Four members of Coast Federation of Educators (CFE) plus CFE Staff attended the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) Leadership Conference Feb. 6th and 7th in Oakland. They participated in workshops, listened to several exceptional speakers, as well as participated in Q & A sessions. The conference provided our representatives with helpful advice and tools to build better communication from within CFE as well as with outside groups, and how to better represent CFE members.

Keynote topics included –

•  California’s 2014-15 Budget

•  Legal Update regarding Decisions related to Union Workers

•  Successful Campaigns for Economic Justice

Additionally, there were nearly 20 break-out workshops that union representatives divided up and attended.

CFE looks forward to attending the CFT Leadership Conference next year to strengthen your union through educational workshops, industry professionals’ wisdom, and networking opportunities.  Please let a CFE Vice-President know if you would like to attend next year’s conference.

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