April 13, 2016 – Cañada College
EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern, Teeka James, Doniella Maher, Monica Malamud, Sandi Raeber-Dorsett, Joaquin Rivera, Paul Ruckhaus, Anne Stafford, Elizabeth Terzakis, Shaye Zahedi.
AFT 1493 members present: Leonor Cabrera (Accounting @ Cañada), Jessica Silver-Sharp (Librarian @ Skyline), Elsa Torres (Interior Design @ Cañada)
Guests: Laura Kurre (CFT Training Director), Paul Bissember (CFT Organizer)
Facilitator: Katharine Harer
Meeting began at 2:37 p.m.
Leonor had a question regarding load. Leonor was advised to get data. If this issue has been resolved, get it in writing; otherwise, contact the union.
Minutes approved unanimously with minor edits.
Dan shared the nominations for AFT 1493 Executive Committee 2016-2018 that he had received. No additional nominations were made at the meeting. The ballot will not list nominees for campus chair and PT rep at Cañada, as there were no nominations. If candidates are identified while elections are underway, they can run as write-ins; write-ins need to receive a minimum number of votes in order to be elected. If positions remain vacant after the election, the EC can make appointments.
Clarification: on the AFT’s proposal, Appendix D, the proposal lists D1 only, but once this is settled, it will also be done for appendices D2 and D3.
Our District’s reponses to our proposal:
Joaquin presented the following District proposals to the EC for feedback:
Led by Laura, the EC discussed workload equity petition signing, both online and on paper.
Katharine solicited faculty names and ideas for a presentation to the BOT on May 11, 2016.
Laura, Paul and Monica explained the next steps in the BP campaign
EC members huddled by campus to strategize on how to carry out the next steps of the BP campaign on each campus
Over 300 people attended. There was a nice mix of attendees—teachers, students, parents, etc. The Conference was a very successful event. Very useful contacts with community members were made. Now we have the attendees contact information, and we can invite them to future events, such as a forum or town hall meeting.
Michelle and Katharine thanked everyone who participated and volunteered to help.
Michelle/Sandi: planning for a May 5th PT faculty appreciation event at CSM
Teeka: post retirement contracts are still available on a case-by-case basis
Dan: see April 5 email on “the CEO initiative”. Dan has been on the CFT leadership group that is dealing with the ACCJC issue. Ron G will be writing an article for the May Advocate
Dan: there was a 2.5 hr study session at the last BOT meeting about the new direction that Community, Continuing and Corporate Education (CCCE) has been taking under Jonathan Bissell’s helm.
The EC discussed confidential personnel matters.
Meeting adjourned at 5:19 p.m.
May 2016 (pdf)
In this issue:
Five faculty members spoke at the May 11 SMCCCD Board of Trustees meeting on why there is such a strong need for workload equity in our district. About 55 faculty members attended the meeting to show their support for workload equity. You can view the presentations below:
Sarah Harmon, Spanish, Academic Senate, Cañada (PT):
Rebecca Alex, Art, CSM, (FT in a one-person department):
Jacquie Escobar, Counseling & Articulation Officer, Skyline (FT):
Dave Meckler, Music, Academic Senate, Cañada (FT):
Steven Lehigh, Economics, CSM, AFT rep to district budget committee (FT):