2014-16 Executive Committee
The new 2014-16 AFT 1493 Executive Committee, pictured above, are (l. to r., in front:) Elizabeth Terzakis, Janice Sapigao, Lin Bowie, Victoria Clinton, Michelle Kern, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Lezlee Ware, Katharine Harer, Joaquin Rivera, (l. to r. in back:) Rob Williams, Eric Brenner, Stephen Fredricks, Anne Stafford (in front of Stephen), Dan Kaplan, Paul Rueckhaus, Salumeh Eslamieh, Teeka James, Doniella Maher and Shaye Zahedi. (Monica Malamud and Hellen Zhang were not present.)
Faculty Evaluation Procedures
New Evaluation Procedures Ratified
Below are links to all of the documents developed by the Performance Evaluation Task Force (PETF) which were ratified by faculty in September 2014 to replace the previous Appendix G articles.
A. Tenured Tenure Track and Adjunct Faculty
B. Faculty Coordinators
E. Nurses or Other Healthcare Providers
F. Evaluation Summary Forms
G. Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Form
H. Evaluation Committee Orientation Document
Faculty Evaluation - Student Evaluation Form
Front page stories
In the News | New AFT 1493 Leaders Elected | Statewide study ranks adjunct pay rates | AFT 1493 celebrates 50th anniversary | AFT & District Reach Tentative Contract Agreement | Text of Tentative Contract Agreement | “ACCJC Gone Wild”: CFT critiques the accreditors | AFT 1493 President Addresses the ACCJC | Performance Evaluation Task Force (PETF) | Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale | Retiree Medical Benefits: An Introduction
In the News
Sept. 19, 2014 — Key ruling finds that City College's accreditors violated the law, as Oct. 27 trial looms (Office of the SF City Attorney)
Sept. 18, 2014 — Governor approves bill increasing transparency for California community college accreditation (San Francisco Examiner)
Sept. 5, 2014 — Battle brewing over online community college classes and local control (KPCC)
August 27, 2014 — California community college plan aims to boost degree, transfer rates (Los Angeles Times)
August 27, 2014 — Viewpoints: More transparency required at community college accrediting agency (Sacramento Bee)
August 22, 2014 — S.F. College evaluators proposed probation, not more severe sanctions (Los Angeles Times)
August 5, 2014 — SMCCCD seeks $388M bond: Funds would go toward modernizing buildings and updating labs, computers (San Mateo Daily Journal)
Vergara decision will not stand
From: Bob Bezemek, Attorney for AFT Local 1493
Date: June 11, 2011
The decision issued by a L.A. Superior Court judge in Vergara v. State of California, striking down California's tenure, layoff, due process and seniority laws for K-12 teachers, will not stand. It is a product of right-wing ideology, rather than Constitutional law and reasoning. The decision ignores the facts proved in the case, and disregards governing law.
New AFT 1493 Leaders Elected
New officers were elected as AFT Local 1493 leaders for the 2014-2016 academic years.
Click here to see the election results.
CFT releases statewide study ranking adjunct pay rates
SMCCCD is ranked between 12th & 20th, depending on which salary step is compared.
Click here to see the full study.
AFT 1493 celebrates 50th anniversary!
AFT Local 1493 turned 50 years old in November 2013 and the Local held a 50th Anniversary party on November 15, 2013 at the Cañada Vista Clubhouse, that brought together faculty and union activists from every decade from 1963 to 2013. Read the full story here.
Summary of September 2013 Agreement between AFT Local 1493 and San Mateo County Community College District
“ACCJC Gone Wild”: Criticism of accreditors growing
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accredits two-year colleges in California and Hawaii. Sanctions imposed on colleges by the ACCJC in recent years have far exceeded the total sanctions by all other accreditation bodies in the country combined. On July 3, the ACCJC announced that they would terminate City College of San Francisco's accreditation effective July 31, 2014. (For more on CCSF's accreditation and responses to ACCJC's actions, see below and see updated news links in "In the News".)
A public forum on the question: "Is the Accrediting Process for California's Community Colleges Fair and Accountable?" led by US Reps. Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo, was held at City College of San Francisco on Nov. 7, 2013. Click here to view a video of the complete (2 hour +) forum. Click here to view a 20-minute condensed version of the forum.
Who actually runs the ACCJC? What is the basis for the huge number of sanctions they have been imposing? What laws govern the decisions taken by ACCJC and who oversees their actions? These are some of the many questions that were taken up in an eye-opening report, titled “ACCJC Gone Wild”, written by Martin Hittelman (left), former President of the California Federation of Teachers (CFT). The original version was published in August 2012, and numerous revised versions have been put out since that date, with the most recent revision released July 8, 2013 . The report extensively analyzes many issues concerning how the ACCJC operates and it is highly recommended reading for anyone involved in or interested in the accreditation process. Download "ACCJC Gone Wild” here. Hittelman also maintains a website, Accreditationwatch.com, which includes "ACCJC Gone Wild" plus much more documentation exposing ACCJC's rogue actions.
On April 30, 2013, the CFT filed a 298-page complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, which oversees the Commission, calling for the reversal of the ACCJC's severe 2012 sanction on CCSF. CFT accused the Commission of violating state and federal laws and of engaging in conflicts of interest including the fact that the husband of Barbara Beno, the commission's president, was part of a team evaluating CCSF in March 2012. The Commission responded to the CFT complaint with a report issued on May 30 which essentially denied any merit to the CFT's charges (although it did not respond in any depth to the union's complaint that the commission has violated federal and state laws in its dealings with CCSF.) CFT president Joshua Pechthalt released a press statement commenting on the Commission's response that: "The dismissal of our complaint as 'without merit' by ACCJC is further proof that the agency overseeing community college accreditation lacks transparency and any capacity for self-critical analysis. We are extremely troubled by the way ACCJC has steered the accreditation process away from those values."