Your union, Adjunct Faculty United, continues to negotiate for additional steps for part-time faculty in the NOCCCD. Steps are recognition that experience makes you a better teacher – and a higher paid one. During the last five years, in which no faculty have received a salary schedule increase, approximately 75% of your full-time colleagues have received more money in their paycheck because of step increases (since full-time faculty have 18 steps at which salary increases andpart-time have only 3).
We need your help. Please send a message to the District Board of Trustees and tell them that part-time faculty deserve more steps. Please click on the link below to send the following message to the NOCCCD Board of Trustees:
“It is not fair that full-time faculty have 18 steps and part-time faculty have only 3. AdFac supports equity between full-time and part-time faculty at NOCCCD.”
Send this message now!
Sam Russo, President
Adjunct Faculty United, AFT Local 6106
ADFAC EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER RETIRES
RAY RAUGUST, Treasurer, retired from our Executive
Board in May 2012. Ray was appointed Interim Treasurer in May 2010 and elected
Treasurer in 2011. Ray taught accounting at Cypress College beginning in 1996.
He holds a BA in Business Administration from California State University,
Fullerton. Ray is a California CPA and served as a senior tax associate and
senior audit associate with Deloitte Touche, LLP, before joining Hughes
Aircraft as a senior internal auditor. He established and managed his
full-service public accounting practice in Santa Ana. He and his wife, Win,
live in Los Angeles.
Congratulations, Ray, on your
ADFAC defeats administration attack on preffered consideration
negotiations with the administration have concluded with AdFac successfully
repelling an administration attack on North Orange's system of giving some
part-time faculty priority for assignments for subsequent semesters/trimesters.
"Preferred consideration" for part-time faculty basically means that
those who have been around a while (2 years with a load of at least 33% of full
time) and have successful evaluations will get priority for class assignments,
in seniority order. The administration had opened negotiations with a proposal
to drastically alter this system by giving deans authority to assign classes to
whomever they wished, in whatever quantities they wished. Deans need
"flexibility" was the administration's rationale for dismantling the
preferred consideration system in effect over the last decade!
However, the AdFac Negotiations Team, led
by Chief Negotiator Catherine Whitsett, resisted this drastic change and the
final result, after 1-1/2 years of negotiations, was that the system WILL
remain the same for now! Of course, the administration may try to continue this
battle in future negotiations, but, with the help of the membership, AdFac
should again triumph!
Thus, assignments for future
semesters/trimesters should still be given in the following order:
(1) Preferred consideration part-time faculty, in seniority order,
(2) Returning part-time non-preferred and new hires.
Contact AdFac if your chair/dean does not
seem to be following this procedure. Please note that preferred consideration
faculty have priority for whatever number of classes they have requested—giving
everybody one class first is NOT the contractual process.
Our thanks to the Negotiations Team for
attending (and preparing for) 25 meetings with the administration: Slimane Gueddi, School of Continuing
Education; Judi McDuff, Executive Director; Sam Russo, President; and Catherine
Whitsett, Chief Negotiator.
Dear Part-Time Colleagues:
At the CFT Convention last March, we discussed having a letter
ready to give to students at the start of the next semester/trimester explaining why we couldn’t add them to our full class, and how they can take action. The letter is below. Please feel free to copy and distribute this letter to your students as soon as possible.
Sam Russo, President
Adjunct Faculty United
What Can I Do to Get the Classes I Need?
I wish I could enroll you in my class. However, the number of students that I can
reasonably teach, assist, give feedback to and assess in this course has been reached. I wish I could help!
I know how frustrating it is when you are trying to enroll in courses at our college
and you keep finding that the class is full. Here you are trying to get an education to move forward in your life and the doors to opportunity seem to keep slamming in your face.
The state of California has cut funding to our colleges even as they have raised
fees. When the legislators and the governor cut funding for higher education what they are telling colleges is, “You need to offer fewer classes and hire fewer teachers to teach them.” This is what is impacting your access to classes.
However there is something that YOU can do. You have a vote and your vote matters
to the decision makers. You need to contact your legislator and let them know that you are upset. You can contact the legislators that you vote for by going to: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html.
Once you enter your address and zip code, it will give you the names of the legislators
who want your vote in the future. By clicking on their names and then on “contact us” you will be able to send them an e-mail. An even stronger impression is made if you mail them a letter or call their office.
In addition, you should contact the members of the NOCCCD Board of Trustees and
share with them the pain that these cuts have caused you. Send your e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I urge you to make your opinions heard. Money for higher education and the availability
of classes, whether at the community college, the Cal State Universities or the UCs, is not going to improve until YOU make it a priority for the powers that be!
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