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SPRING 2022 MOU NEGOTIATIONS REPORT

Posted November 18, 2021

Report on Negotiations on MOU regarding Spring 2022 Working Conditions November 15 and 17, 2021 Negotiators: AFT:  Joaquin Rivera, Monica Malamud, Marianne Kaletzky; SMCCD District: Marie Billie, Mitch Bailey, David Feune, Aaron McVean, Joe Morello, Charlene Frontiera, Max
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October 2021 Advocate: Faculty Focus: Sarah Harmon

Posted October 17, 2021

Faculty Focus Meet Sarah Harmon, Cañada Spanish professor, OER supporter and long-time advocate for the rights of adjunct faculty Interview by Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary Sarah Harmon has taught Spanish in the district–mostly at Cañada College–since 2005.  As
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October 2021 Advocate: Faculty evaluations of administrators

Posted October 17, 2021

Evaluation of administrators AFT presents results of faculty evaluations of administrators and continues to call for true “360 evaluations” of administrators by Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary This past spring, AFT 1493 launched an online survey to allow all
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October 2021 Advocate: Health and safety concerns

Posted October 17, 2021

Safe return to work Health and safety concerns remain central as some faculty return to in-person work in Fall and most others prepare to return to campus in January Recently our three campus health and safety committees held their latest
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October 2021 Advocate: Counselors Fight for Safe Return

Posted October 16, 2021

Counseling Issues As Skyline and Cañada counselors were asked to return to in-person work this fall, they called out unsafe conditions and inconsistent policies — and gained important improvements by Katharine Harer & Rika Fabian, AFT 1493 Contract Action Team
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September 2021 Advocate: AFT fights class cancellations

Posted September 5, 2021

Enrollment Management Early cancellations of classes & conversions of online classes to face-to-face resulted in loss of enrollments & hardships for faculty & students — How AFT fought back by Marianne Kaletkzy, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary Between June 1st and
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September 2021 Advocate: Faculty Focus: Meet Mandy Lucas

Posted September 5, 2021

Faculty Focus Meet Mandy Lucas, Promise Scholars Counselor at Skyline College Interview by Katharine Harer, AFT 1493 Co-Vice President & Outreach Organizer Mandy Lucas has worked as a Promise Scholars Program Counselor at Skyline College for three years. We decided
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September 2021 Advocate: AFT 1493 2021 Scholarships

Posted September 5, 2021

AFT 1493 Scholarships 2021 AFT 1493 Scholarships awarded to Nigel Hawkins and Hannah Hersey AFT is pleased to announce that this year’s AFT 1493 Scholarships have been awarded to two outstanding students, both 2021 graduates: Nigel Hawkins (he/him), who graduated
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September 2021 Advocate: In Memoriam: Bob Curtis

Posted September 5, 2021

In Memoriam: Robert Marion Curtis (Dec. 30, 1939 – Dec. 1, 2020) Remembering long-time Cañada College theater instructor and director Bob Curtis Bob Curtis was born in Quitaque, Texas. The Curtis family, including his sister, Linda, moved to Bakersfield when
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September 2021 Advocate: 43 new full-time faculty this year

Posted September 5, 2021

New Full-time Faculty District to hire 43 new full-time faculty in 2021-22 The 2021 California Budget Act includes $100 million to hire additional new full-time community college faculty in order to increase districts’ percentage of full-time faculty toward meeting the
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September 2021 Advocate: Letter to the Advocate

Posted September 5, 2021

Letter to the Advocate We are still in a pandemic; District needs to take our public health more seriously Dear Colleagues, The images below are enrollment data for Skyline College that were presented by Ingrid Vargas, Dean of Planning, Research,
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September 2021 Advocate: What Is CAT?

Posted September 4, 2021

What Is CAT?  Check out our union’s Contract Action Team! by Eric Brenner, Advocate Editor, Katharine Harer, AFT 1493 Co-Vice President, with other members of AFT 1493’s Contract Action Team In the summer of 2019, as contract negotiations between our
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September 2021 Advocate: Health & Safety Committees

Posted September 4, 2021

Covid-19 College Health & Safety Committees play central role in plans for return to safe in-person work During the spring and summer, AFT appointed representatives to each of our campus health and safety committees, prompted by the news that the
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AFT CALLS FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT DECISIONS BASED ON STUDENT NEEDS

Posted August 26, 2021

AFT 1493 President Monica Malamud addressed the August 25th SMCCCD Board of Trustees meeting on class cancellations and enrollment management, calling for: more consistency across the district, improved transparency in procedures, better communication, decision-making informed by real student needs and
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TWO WAYS TO ENSURE YOU ARE SAFE AT WORK

Posted August 20, 2021

Two ways you can make sure your work is safe for yourself, your colleagues, and your family As faculty are planning to return to in-person work, information below describes two ways you can make sure your work is safe for
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AGREEMENT ON FALL 2021 MOU REACHED

Posted July 14, 2021

At negotiations sessions on June 29th and 30th, AFT and the District reached agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding for the Fall 2021 semester. The MOU contains special provisions for faculty work in the context of the pandemic and includes
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COVID-19, THE ADA & AFT SUPPORT

Posted July 14, 2021

Note: Below is an email from Skyline Anthropology Professor Lori Slicton, who gives an overview of the process to obtain reasonable accommodations for faculty who have a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many health conditions
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PAY FOR JUNETEENTH AND STATUS OF REOPENING PLANS

Posted June 25, 2021

Pay for 2021 Juneteenth holiday (Monday, June 28, 2021) As you’ve probably heard, the SMCCCD Board has voted to make Juneteenth a District holiday and decided to observe it this coming Monday, June 28, so no classes will be held
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SUPPORT CCSF FACULTY & STUDENTS

Posted May 10, 2021

Our colleagues at AFT 2121, the City College of San Francisco faculty union, need support. They have been battling layoffs and course cuts that would decimate CCSF. City College faculty agreed to big sacrifices, including progressive salary reductions from 4%
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May 2021 Advocate: Action Alert

Posted May 7, 2021

Action Alert Tell California’s elected leaders: Invest in community colleges California’s community colleges are critical to our students’ and our communities’ recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, without immediate action from Sacramento, most of our colleges are facing dire fiscal
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May 2021 Advocate: Gender Oppression Listening Space

Posted May 6, 2021

Anti-Oppression Committee All faculty, staff and students are invited to the Gender Oppression Listening Space: A session to share experiences and build solidarity: Friday, May 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m. by Rika Yonemura-Fabian, Skyline Chapter co-chair, AFT anti-oppression committee co-lead
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May 2021 Advocate: SURJ San Mateo

Posted May 6, 2021

Social justice organizing in our communities Showing Up for Racial Justice, San Mateo: People with privilege organizing against systemic racism by David Usher, SURJ San Mateo member Are you outraged by the repeated police killings, the criminalization, mass incarceration, the
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May 2021 Advocate: Faculty Survey: Vaccinated?

Posted May 6, 2021

AFT 1493 Faculty Survey: Who’s vaccinated? AFT 1493 vaccine survey reveals more than 90% of members have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine by Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary Earlier this month, our Local took a
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May 2021 Advocate: Summer-Fall 2021 MOU Survey

Posted May 6, 2021

AFT 1493 Faculty Survey: Summer-Fall 2021 MOU Class size reductions, tech support and work-from-home stipends are priorities as mostly remote instruction continues by Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary Now that AFT and SMCCD have reached a Tentative Agreement for
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May 2021 Advocate: Support for Adjuncts

Posted May 6, 2021

Adjunct Faculty New to SMCCD? Support for Part-time Faculty is Available. My name is Jessica Silver-Sharp and I’m writing to reach out to those of you hired since our campuses closed last March. Since our district doesn’t generally hold orientations
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May 2021 Advocate: In Memoriam: Rich Yurman

Posted May 6, 2021

In Memoriam Rich Yurman, Retired Skyline Professor of English, Creative Writing & Algebra, 1937-2021 Rich Yurman passed away in his sleep at the end of January 2020. Rich taught at Skyline from the early 1970’s into the 1990’s and was
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May 2021 Advocate: Faculty Focus: Rod Daus-Magbual

Posted May 6, 2021

Faculty Focus Rod Daus-Magbual: Working for social justice in the classroom and community by Eric Brenner, Advocate Editor “Faculty Focus” is an occasional Advocate feature that highlights the unique work and accomplishments of our members. Dr. Rod Daus-Magbual began teaching
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CONTRACT AGREEMENT REACHED!

Posted March 26, 2021

Good news! AFT and SMCCD reach agreement on new multiyear contract Dear faculty colleagues, We write with good news: yesterday, March 25, AFT and the District arrived at a tentative agreement on compensation and benefits—the final issue that remained outstanding
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March 2021 Advocate: Negotiations Update

Posted March 24, 2021

Negotiations Update Contract negotiations are down to one final issue On Tuesday, March 23, AFT negotiators came to an agreement with the District as to what will be required for adjunct instructors to advance a step once we reach parity.
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March 2021 Advocate: Negotiations Overview

Posted March 24, 2021

negotiations As contract negotiations near a settlement, a review of what we’ve won so far by Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary We are in the final stage of bargaining a new multi-year contract for faculty. Our AFT negotiating team
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March 2021 Advocate: Adjunct Safe Space meetings

Posted March 24, 2021

Part-Time Faculty Next Adjunct Safe Space meeting: April 28 AFT 1493 adjunct faculty are invited to join us at our Safe Space meetings for part-time faculty to talk about their lived experiences and to share their stories. Next month we
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March 2021 Advocate: Discussing anti-Asian violence

Posted March 23, 2021

Anti-racist organizing We Are Not Your Model Minority: Faculty, staff, and students co-organize a sharing space on anti-Asian violence By Rika Yonemura, AFT 1493 Skyline Chapter Co-Rep As people are taking to the street to protest against anti-Asian hate and
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March 2021 Advocate: Adjuncts need more than pay parity

Posted March 21, 2021

Viewpoint Adjunct equity means much more than just pay parity Holiday pay, job security, affordable health benefits are also still needed by Chris Burns, Adjunct Faculty Librarian, Cañada College I’m an adjunct faculty member at SMCCD, where I’ve worked as
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March 2021 Advocate: California Tax on Extreme Wealth

Posted March 21, 2021

It’s time for the California Tax on Extreme Wealth! On Monday, March 15, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) proudly joined legislative leaders from throughout California to introduce the California Tax on Extreme Wealth. Sponsored by CFT, the legislation would
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March 2021 Advocate: Daly City for Black Lives

Posted March 21, 2021

Social justice organizing in our communities Daly City for Black Lives: Advocating for community engagement in South City budget by Jeremy Yanson Daly City for Black Lives (DC4BL) is an intergenerational and racially diverse group of Daly City residents who
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WHERE’S THE EQUITY FOR PART-TIME FACULTY?

Posted February 9, 2021

Our District has long talked about tackling serious inequities, from the need for diversity to other social justice issues. But they remain complacent about one glaring inequity, their failure to pay part-time faculty equitably in proportion to full-timers. SMCCCD not
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February 2021 Advocate: Negotiations update

Posted February 1, 2021

Negotiations update Covid MOU settled for Spring semester; Negotiations continue on compensation by Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary Just before Christmas, AFT 1493 and the District settled an MOU for Spring 2021 that includes provisions for up to 12
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February 2021 Advocate: Resolving faculty issues

Posted February 1, 2021

Grievance Work AFT works to resolve faculty issues and improve working conditions By Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary District grants back pay to part-timer refused assignment for moving out of state In December 2020, AFT reached a settlement on
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February 2021 Advocate: Faculty Evaluation Orientations

Posted February 1, 2021

Attend or view a faculty evaluation orientation In order to be fully informed about faculty evaluation policies and procedures and avoid common problems and misunderstandings, AFT 1493 strongly recommends that any faculty member who will be involved in an evaluation
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February 2021 Advocate: Adjunct Safe Space dates

Posted February 1, 2021

Part-Time Faculty Adjunct Safe Space meetings set for next three months AFT 1493 adjunct faculty are invited to join us at our Safe Space meetings for part-time faculty to talk about their lived experiences and to share their stories. We
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February 2021 Advocate: Family leave renewed

Posted February 1, 2021

Contract Action Team Family leave renewed in Spring MOU after faculty parents speak out at Board meetings By Jessica Silver-Sharp with Katharine Harer You’ve probably heard the news! Through the hard work of our negotiating team and a number of
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February 2021 Advocate: Crisis at CCSF

Posted February 1, 2021

Solidarity with CCSF New Crisis at City College of San Francisco By Rick Baum, CCSF part-time faculty member On Friday, January 22, 2021, during the first week of the new term, the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) interim chancellor
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February 2021 Advocate: Exploring Equitable Teaching and Learning

Posted February 1, 2021

ANTI-OPPRESSION COMMITTEE AFT members share their classroom practices at Flex Day workshop to explore conditions for equitable teaching and learning By Rika Yonemura-Fabian and Doniella Maher  Over 100 faculty and staff members attended the Flex workshop organized by the Anti-Oppression
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February 2021 Advocate: District continues to violate 50% law

Posted February 1, 2021

DISTRICT BUDGET District’s continuing willful violation of the 50% law exposes unwillingness to prioritize funding for classroom instruction By Eric Brenner, Advocate Editor Our college district continues to brazenly violate the “50% law,” the California Education Code requirement that community
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PARENTAL LEAVES RENEWED FOR SPRING!

Posted December 23, 2020

We are happy to share some good news!  Through the hard work and heartfelt testimonies of a number of union members, especially faculty parents, we have now settled a Memorandum of Understanding for Spring 2021.  The MOU renews the leave
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Comparison of Part-Time Faculty Pay: Bay 10 Districts

Posted November 23, 2020

Our District has long talked about tackling serious inequities, from the need for diversity to other social justice issues. But they remain complacent about one glaring inequity, their failure to pay part-time faculty equitably in proportion to full-timers. SMCCCD not
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November 2020 Advocate: Contract Negotiations

Posted October 26, 2020

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS Bargaining moves to compensation, part-time parity By Marianne Kaletzky, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary After settling the MOU for Summer and Fall 2020, AFT and the District returned to negotiations for a multi-year contract. Discussions have focused on three
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POINT VALUES FOR PROPOSED WORKLOAD POINTS SYSTEM

Posted July 30, 2020

.5 Points: Update/revise course outlines Monitor and train tutors who support our classes Mentor new faculty Participate in preparing accreditation report as a committee member Serve on Accreditation Oversight Committee Serve on CTE advisory committee Attend division meetings regularly Attend
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SUMMER/FALL 2020 MOU: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Posted July 21, 2020

AFT has agreed on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the District around emergency actions relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. Below are highlights and clarifications of issues related to the MOU. We will update this page regularly as we
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PAID MEDICAL & FAMILY LEAVE AVAILABLE

Posted July 12, 2020

We have received many questions from faculty wondering about whether they can take leave during Summer or Fall. AFT is committed to supporting faculty through every step of this process. Here’s what you need to know about your eligibility, as
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AFT 1493 Membership Meeting Agenda – June 24, 2020

Posted June 22, 2020

AFT Local 1493 Membership Meeting Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2:30-5:00 p.m. Zoom conference call: See AFT email to faculty for link.  AGENDA ITEM  PRESENTER  TIME 1.  Welcome and Introductions (if necessary)  5’ 2.  Statements from AFT members (non EC members)
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AFT 1493 RESPONSE TO THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

Posted June 3, 2020

In the strongest possible terms, AFT 1493 condemns the state-sanctioned murder of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We stand in steadfast solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color and with those raising their voices and marching
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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

Posted June 1, 2020

Dear Faculty Colleagues, As strong advocates for working families in the Bay Area, we know how much inequality exists within our community and how difficult it can be to survive in such an expensive area even under the best conditions.
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Posted May 3, 2020

All part-time faculty should remember that you are eligible for unemployment compensation benefits over the summer and during the winter break, unless you are working another job over the summer or between semesters and you are earning more than your
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS DURING CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY MEASURES

Posted April 15, 2020

AFT successfully bargained with the District around emergency actions relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic and agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that addresses many of the effects faculty have been dealing with.  Below are clarifications and answers to questions
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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM YOUR UNION

Posted March 17, 2020

Dear AFT 1493 members, We want to acknowledge the uncertainty and fears we’re all experiencing as we navigate the enormous changes brought about by the Coronavirus. As we wash our hands and wipe down our phones, take care of our
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AFT NEGOTIATIONS: MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Posted March 11, 2020

Dear Faculty Colleagues, Join your colleagues to make sure the Chancellor receives HUNDREDS of messages from hardworking faculty. Chancellor Claire has the authority to influence the District’s negotiators to settle our contract fairly. Click “WRITE LETTER” to email the following
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JANUARY 10TH: RED SHIRT FLEX DAY!

Posted January 9, 2020

Dear faculty colleagues, I hope you had a restful break and are ready to take the steps needed to win a FAIR contract! As you know, it has been 11 months of bargaining and still no contract! EVERYONE is needed
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CSEA public comment at 11-20-2019 Board of Trustees

Posted December 2, 2019

Comment from Juanita Celaya, CSEA Chapter 33 First Vice President, to SMCCD Board of Trustees, 11/20/2019 Before I begin reading our prepared statement, I would like to ask the following question: What does everyone think would happen if all of
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CFT LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Posted October 21, 2019

INTRODUCTION September 13, 2019 marked the end of the first year of the two-year legislative session. The legislature will be on Interim Recess until January 6, 2020. The governor had until October 13, 2019 to sign or veto those bills
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SEPTEMBER 20 STUDENT CLIMATE STRIKE

Posted September 16, 2019

Climate Justice September 20 Student Climate Strike On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people from across the world will strike to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. The day
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AFT 1493 MARCHES IN SF PRIDE

Posted July 1, 2019

Our union, AFT 1493, joins students, faculty & staff to march in 2019 PRIDE.              (photo credit: Manuel Peroni)   SMCCD students, faculty & staff join together to march in 2019 PRIDE
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DAY OF ACTION IN SACRAMENTO

Posted May 24, 2019

May 22nd Day of Action and Rally in Sacramento AFT 1493 members, Paul Bissember (at left), Eric Brenner (second from left), Rika Yonemura-Fabian (third from left), and Katharine Harer (second from right), at the May 22nd Day of Action and
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SMCCCD WORKLOAD COMMITTEE REPORT

Posted March 19, 2019

AFT and Senate representatives from the District Workload Committee met on Flex day (March 6, 2019) to work on drafting a concrete proposal defining a “reasonable workload” and establishing a process for compensating full-time faculty who perform work in excess
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AFT 1493 NEGOTIATIONS PRIORITIES

Posted January 2, 2019

AFT 1493’s bargaining team is preparing to begin faculty contract negotiations with District negotiators on a new three-year contract (July 2019 to June 2022) and, in preparation, the union conducted a survey of District faculty on areas that could be
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NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY

Posted October 16, 2018

SURVEY CLOSED Dear faculty colleagues, The AFT 1493 bargaining team is preparing to begin faculty contract negotiations with District negotiators on a new three-year contract (July 2019 to June 2022) and we would like to hear from faculty on what
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COLA INCREASES FOR 2018-19 & PART-TIME STEP ADJUSTMENT

Posted August 31, 2018

Dear Esteemed Faculty, The AFT 1493 Executive Committee is happy to report that you will be seeing a cost-of-living adjustment increase of 4.02% for full-time faculty and 5.02% for part-time faculty beginning this academic year. The increase is effective starting
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SECRET CAMPAIGN TO CRIPPLE UNIONS

Posted May 17, 2018

Anti-union forces are launching a nationwide campaign urging public sector workers to opt out of union membership and stop paying dues, according to documents obtained by The Guardian. The campaign, designed to defund and defang unions, is led by
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May 2018 Advocate: 2018 AFT 1493 Scholarships

Posted May 13, 2018

AFT 1493 SCHOLARSHIPS 2018 AFT 1493 Scholarships awarded to Trista Barrantes and John Keller by Teeka James, AFT 1493 Co-Treasurer & CSM Exec. Committee Co-Rep AFT is pleased to announce that this year’s AFT 1493 Scholarships have been awarded to
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May 2018 Advocate: CFT Convention report

Posted May 13, 2018

CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS CFT Convention: Key decision-making & inspiration By Paul Rueckhaus, AFT 1493 President I’m a classic case of a skeptical conference goer—quick to roll my eyes and snark it up at the first whiff of vapid buzzwords,
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WEST VIRGINIA TEACHERS WIN STRIKE

Posted March 7, 2018

After nine days on strike, West Virginia teachers—among the lowest paid in the nation—have won sorely needed salary increases and the promise of more affordable health care. In a state with a history of union allegiance, their solidarity resulted in
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UNITY DAYS: WEAR YOUR AFT T-SHIRTS FEB. 5-8

Posted February 3, 2018

Dear Esteemed Colleagues, We hope that your Spring semester has gotten off to a great start! We’ve been working hard to advocate for our faculty members from the district to Sacramento. And we’ve been winning some significant gains despite significant
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PART-TIME EQUITY WEEK

Posted November 12, 2017

During National Part-Timer Equity Week, AFT 1493 focused on raising awareness of the issues that part-time (as well as many full-time) faculty face in trying to teach and live in the Bay Area. We set up a table at Cañada
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TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT APPROVED

Posted September 7, 2017

Faculty approved the tentative contract agreement, with roughly thirty percent of the faculty voting. Here are the details: Total votes:  299 Yes: 290 (97%) No:  9 (3%) We included an optional comments box on the ballot. Here’s what some folks
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CONTRACT INFORMATION SESSION: TUESDAY, AUG 29

Posted August 27, 2017

Before the contract ratification vote, in which all faculty can vote to either accept or reject the tentative agreement (TA) with the District, AFT 1493 will be holding an information session to answer your questions and explain any facets of
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WE HAVE A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

Posted August 11, 2017

We have finally reached a tentative contract agreement. A basic report of the settlement is provided below. Complete details of the agreement and the ratification process will be forthcoming very soon. Salaries All faculty will receive a 3.25% increase on
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FACT FINDING REPORT

Posted August 7, 2017

The fact finding report is now available here. The AFT and the District negotiating teams are meeting this Wednesday, August 9, to try to reach a settlement based on the recommendations of the fact finding report. In unity, Joaquin
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FACULTY TELL BOARD WHY WE DESERVE A FAIR CONTRACT

Posted November 10, 2016

More than 60 faculty members submitted brief statements to the AFT on why they believe we deserve a fair contract.  At the November 9 Board of Trustees meeting, AFT Past President Teeka James and Skyline faculty member Amber Steele read
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TELL THE BOARD WHY YOU DESERVE A FAIR CONTRACT

Posted November 4, 2016

Until we win a fair contract, AFT 1493 will be speaking at every single Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. The next BOT meeting is Wednesday, November 9, and we plan to deliver a fat stack of cards to the trustees
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April 13, 2016

Posted May 25, 2016

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting April 13, 2016  – Cañada College EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern,
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FACULTY SPEAK ON THE NEED FOR WORKLOAD EQUITY

Posted May 12, 2016

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
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March 9, 2016

Posted April 25, 2016

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting March 9, 2016  – College of San Mateo EC members present: Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Steven Friedricks, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.),
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AFT 1493 reps attend 2016 CFT Convention

Posted March 30, 2016

AFT 1493 reps (from left to right) Monica Malamud (AFT 1493 Secretary), Katharine Harer (AFT 1493 Co-Vice President), Michelle Kern (CSM Part-Timer Rep.), Teeka James (AFT 1493 President) and Nina Floro (Skyline, Convention Rep.) at a general session of the
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February 17, 2016

Posted March 30, 2016

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting February 17, 2016  – Skyline College EC members present:  Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern,
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Sign the initiative to extend Proposition 30

Posted March 28, 2016

Time is running out in the campaign to place a measure on November’s ballot that would extend Proposition 30.  Prop. 30 has been a game changer for public education in California.  The new ballot measure circulating will only ask to
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January 27, 2016

Posted March 2, 2016

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting January 27, 2016  – Cañada College EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern,
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December 9, 2015

Posted February 8, 2016

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting December 9, 2015  – College of San Mateo EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern,
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November 11, 2015

Posted December 10, 2015

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting November 11, 2015  – Skyline College EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern, Teeka James,
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October 14, 2015

Posted November 16, 2015

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting October 14, 2015 – Cañada College EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Sec.), Michelle Kern, Teeka James,
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Nov. 2015 Advocate: The Retirees’ Voice

Posted October 20, 2015

THE RETIREES’ VOICE When I like an author, I read all of their books by John Kirk, CSM economics professor emeritus & member of DART (District Association of Retired Teachers) I began teaching at CSM in the Fall of 1969
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November 2015 Advocate: Regular pay for flex days for part-timers

Posted October 20, 2015

ENFORCING THE CONTRACT Regular pay for flex days: Defending part-time faculty rights by Monica Malamud, AFT 1493 Negotiating Team Member After extended communications between the AFT and District administrators– including a Demand Letter from the Union’s attorney to the District–the
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September 9, 2015

Posted October 16, 2015

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting September 9, 2015 – CSM EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Lin Bowie, Vicki Clinton, Sandi Dorsett, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern, Teeka
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COME TO NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE MEETINGS OCT. 18, 19, 20

Posted October 15, 2015

Come to a meeting on your campus to learn about Fact Finding and hear the latest bargaining updates from our AFT Negotiating Team. CSM: Tuesday, October 18th, 3-4 pm, College Vista; RSVP: kern@aft1493.org Skyline: Wednesday, October 19th, 2-3
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May 13, 2015

Posted September 20, 2015

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting May 13, 2015 – Skyline EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Lin Bowie, Vicki Clinton, Katharine Harer, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern, Doniella
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New Agreement Ratified

Posted September 15, 2015

The tentative agreement (shown below) was ratified by faculty by a vote of 296 to 4, with 98.7% in favor of the changes. AFT LOCAL 1493 AND SAN MATEO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT The parties agree to make changes
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Vote on the Tentative Contract Agreement

Posted September 9, 2015

Vote on the Tentative Contract Agreement All faculty: You  should have received an email on Tuesday, 9/8, from AFT 1493 President Teeka James, with the subject “Invitation to vote for the 2015 AFT Contract”. Please click on the link on
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Happy Labor Day!

Posted September 7, 2015

A quick video overview of California labor history: Video of the song Bread and Roses (sung by Judy Collins) inspired by a speech by Rose Schneiderman, immigrant, radical, labor and feminist leader. The song is especially associated with the
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Make it Fair California!

Posted August 20, 2015

Time to Close Corporate Loopholes, Invest in Public Education, and Rebuild California Make it Fair California is a new movement that aims to place a measure on the state ballot in November 2016 to close the corporate commercial property tax
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Faculty to receive 4.78% salary increase!

Posted July 7, 2015

Based on the 3-year salary agreement negotiated by AFT 1493 for 2012-12 through 2015-16, all faculty salaries (full-time and part-time) will increase at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester by 4.78%! This is based on the following calculation:
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Supreme Court to hear Friedrichs v. CTA

Posted June 30, 2015

Another potential blow to middle class in age of growing inequality The Supreme Court decided today to hear an anti-union lawsuit, Friedrichs v. CTA. Although the California Teachers Association (CTA) was named as the defendant, a ruling in the case
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The Friedrichs case: What you need to know

Posted May 22, 2015

In the U.S. Supreme Court case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a group of educators backed by a right-wing pressure group filed a lawsuit that has made its way to the highest court in America. It asks the court to
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April 8, 2015

Posted May 16, 2015

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting April 8, 2015 – Cañada EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle Kern, Doniella Maher, Monica
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March 11, 2015

Posted April 9, 2015

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting March 11, 2015 – CSM EC members present: Lin Bowie, Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Stephen Fredricks, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle
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February 18, 2015

Posted March 14, 2015

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Skyline College EC members present: Najla Abrao, Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle
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Part-Time Faculty: Don’t Get Sick!

Posted March 10, 2015

Join us at the March 25th Board of Trustees meeting to support more reasonable health benefits for part-timers Save the date: Wednesday, March 25th, 6:00 pm, District Office Board Room Faculty colleagues, Do you feel that $600 per semester is
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January 28, 2015

Posted February 18, 2015

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Skyline College EC members present:  Najla Abrao, Lin Bowie, Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Stephen Fredricks, Katharine Harer, Teeka
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Part-Time Faculty Medical Stipend Survey

Posted February 18, 2015

Results of the Adjunct Medical Stipend Survey As part of a new campaign to advocate for expanded health benefits for part-time faculty, Local 1493 distributed an online survey to all part-time faculty in the District to gauge the usefulness of
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December 10, 2014

Posted January 29, 2015

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at CSM EC members present:  Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Stephen Fredricks, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec.
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November 12, 2014

Posted December 15, 2014

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at Skyline EC members present:  Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Stephen Fredricks, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.), Michelle
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October 8, 2014

Posted November 21, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at CSM EC members present:  Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Stephen Fredricks, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan
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ACCJC on trial

Posted November 1, 2014

“This Case is About Fairness” The lawsuit filed by SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera, against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, went to trial on Monday, Oct. 27. Five days of testimony revealed some of the failures of
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Previous Contract Proposals

Posted August 30, 2014

AFT 1493 Proposals for the 2009-2012 Contract of Academic Employees in the San Mateo County Community College District Presented to the District, July 2009 Article 2: Organizational Rights Add to 2.1: Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Union shall have the right
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Vergara decision will not stand

Posted June 12, 2014

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,
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April 23, 2014

Posted May 28, 2014

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at CSM     AFT EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec.
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Distance Education MOU

Posted June 25, 2013

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDINGBETWEEN AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, LOCAL 1493 ANDSAN MATEO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT September 12, 2008 DISTANCE EDUCATION   Expanding student access, program need and faculty desire and preparation to teach a distance education course shall be the
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April 9, 2014

Posted May 5, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Cañada College     AFT EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Nina Floro, Katharine
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May 2014 Advocate – AFT 1493 awards scholarships

Posted April 28, 2014

AFT 1493 awards two $1000 scholarships The second annual recipients of the AFT Local 1493 scholarships have just been determined by the AFT selection committee, which consisted of Teeka James, AFT President, Lezlee Ware, Cañada Chapter Co-Chair, Dan Kaplan, AFT
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AFT 1493 celebrates 50th anniversary!

Posted December 10, 2013

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
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In the News

Posted December 28, 2012

News articles related to community college faculty issues and SMCCCD, selected from around the county, state and nation and updated regularly.  To receive these articles by email, send a request to be added to the AFT 1493 email list to
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Performance Evaluation Task Force (PETF)

Posted November 20, 2012

The Performance Evaluation Task Force (PETF) was formed at the end of the Spring 2012 semester to review, evaluate, and revise the procedures and instruments currently in use for all levels of instructional and non-instructional faculty evaluation. Elizabeth Terzakis (English,
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March 12, 2014

Posted May 5, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at College of San Mateo   Present: Salumeh Eslamieh, Lin Bowie, Janice Sapagio, Joaquin Rivera, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Michelle
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May 2014 Advocate – AFT 1493 elections

Posted April 28, 2014

  Vote for new AFT 1493 leaders by May 5   As all members of AFT Local 1493 should know, we are in the middle of the election process for determining the next elected leadership of the Local, and who
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Sabbatical Program Overview

Posted January 27, 2010

The AFT Negotiating Team won a major victory for full-time faculty in the 2002 contract settlement: the permanent reinstatement of a Sabbatical Leave program (officially called Extended Professional Development Leave), one option under the Professional Development Program. Application
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In the News: January – March 2014

Posted May 5, 2014

News articles related to community college faculty issues and SMCCCD, selected from around the county, state and nation and updated regularly.  To receive these articles by email, send a request to be added to the AFT 1493 email list to
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February 12, 2014

Posted May 5, 2014

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Skyline College AFT EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec.
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May 2014 Advocate – Faculty Unions Support Student Organizers

Posted April 28, 2014

UNIONS AND COMMUNITY Faculty Unions Support Student Organizers  by Cynthia Kaufman, Director, Institute of Community and Civic Engagement, De Anza College  There is something very exciting happening in some faculty unions in California: Engaging students as organizers. Starting in
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Survey to Evaluate Deans

Posted April 28, 2014

Take AFT 1493’s Survey to Evaluate Deans All faculty members have received a new survey designed by the union that gives instructors the opportunity to evaluate deans.  The survey is anonymous and provides a safe tool for faculty to register
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May 2014 Advocate – Higher education conference

Posted April 28, 2014

HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES National conference looks at wide range of issues around collective bargaining in higher education by Monica Malamud, Cañada, AFT 1493 Secretary I attended the 41st Annual Conference organized by the National Center for the Study of Collective
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January 15, 2014

Posted February 26, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Cañada College EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec.
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AFT 1493 President Addresses the ACCJC

Posted June 19, 2013

In July of 2012, the ACCJC (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges) asked City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to “show cause” to keep its accreditation. Their complaints were about financial planning, management, and documentation of assessment; they were
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May 2014 Advocate – Adjunct Action Bay Area

Posted April 28, 2014

PART TIMER ORGANIZING SEIU launches Adjunct Action Bay Area by Doniella Maher, Cañada College, English On March 22nd, adjunct instructors from across the Bay Area came together to discuss issues facing part-timers who have increased significantly in relationship to their
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The Fight for Fair Accreditation

Posted April 25, 2014

A six minute video on the epic battle by AFT 2121 and CFT to save City College of San Francisco from the out of control ACCJC. It is a brief primer on what has happened there, and explains its significance
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December 11, 2013

Posted February 14, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at CSM EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Michelle Kern,
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March in March: Somos el Futuro

Posted April 6, 2010

Somos el Futuro: Voices from the March in March in Sacramento by Katharine Harer, AFT 1493 Co Vice President, Skyline College, English Skyline students and faculty showed up in force for the March in March on Monday the 22nd.   The
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May 2014 Advocate – Peninsula Watershed hike

Posted April 28, 2014

RETIREES DART invites retired and current faculty for June 28 hike in Peninsula Watershed by John Searle, DART President DART (the District Association of Retired Teachers) is planning a group hike in the Peninsula Watershed area, which has limited
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November 13, 2013

Posted February 14, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Skyline College EC Members Present:Lin Bowie, Salumeh Eslamieh, Eric Brenner, Anne Stafford, Teeka James, Nina Floro, Joaquin
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Cañada March 4 Day of Action

Posted March 16, 2010

Cañada students walk out! text and photos by Elizabeth Terzakis, Professor, Cañada College, English Two hundred Cañada College students walked out of class on March 4th and gathered in the campus quad for a speakout against budget cuts. The college’s
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In the News: Aug13 – Feb14

Posted March 21, 2014

News articles related to community college faculty issues and SMCCCD, selected from around the county, state and nation and updated regularly.  To receive these articles by email, send a request to be added to the AFT 1493 email list to
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October 21, 2013

Posted January 30, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, October 21, 2013, at Skyline College EC Members Present:Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Michelle
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Skyline March 4 Day of Action

Posted March 16, 2010

Skyline Students Walk Out! by Masao Suzuki, Professor, Skyline College, Economics On Thursday, March 4th, hundreds of Skyline College students left class and gathered on the campus quad for their Day of Action protest against budget cuts.  After a short
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In the News – Archives

Posted February 5, 2014

News articles related to community college faculty issues and SMCCCD, selected from around the county, state and nation and updated regularly. To receive these articles by email, send a request to be added to the AFT 1493 email list to
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October 9, 2013

Posted January 30, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Cañada College EC members present: Lin Bowie, Zev Kvitsky, Eric Brenner, Nina Floro, Michelle Kern, Sandi Raeber-Dorsett, Vicki Clinton, Elizabeth
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CSM March 4 Day of Action

Posted February 24, 2010

Educating the Whole Student: March 4 at CSM by Susan Petit, professor emeritus, CSM, English & French CSM’s stimulating March 4 “March Forth” activities, called “A Call to Action: Educating the Whole Student,” focused on advocacy, student support services, and
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May 2014 Advocate – CFT Convention

Posted April 28, 2014

 “Solution-Driven & Bad Ass”: A report from the 72nd CFT Statewide Convention By Katharine Harer, Co-Vice President, AFT 1493 Are conservative forces hell-bent to “Wisconsonize” the rest of the country?  Will STRS run out of money for teachers’ pensions?  Are
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September 11, 2013

Posted January 30, 2014

  San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at CSM EC members present: Lin Bowie, Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Teeka James,
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May 2014 Advocate – Letter to the Advocate

Posted April 28, 2014

LETTER TO THE ADVOCATE Full-time Position Open: In-house Adjuncts Need Not Apply The author of the following letter wished to remain anonymous. -Ed. I’d like to share with you the unfair hiring practices that we have witnessed over the past
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Chancellor Galatolo speaks out on ACCJC

Posted November 1, 2013

San Mateo Community College District Chancellor Ron Galatolo has recently spoken out publicly on the issue of the actions of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)–which has sanctioned about 45% of the colleges it has reviewed in
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May 1, 2013

Posted May 9, 2013

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at CSM   EC members present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec.
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Documents on SLOs and Accreditation

Posted January 12, 2010

The documents below involve challenges to Accreditation Standard III.A.1.c of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC.) Standard III.A.1.c mandates that student learning outcomes (SLOs) be a component of faculty evaluation. At the Fall 2008 Plenary of the
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Contract Agreement

Posted September 23, 2013

Summary of September 2013 Agreement between AFT Local 1493 and San Mateo County Community College District
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April 10, 2013

Posted May 9, 2013

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Cañada College EC members present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James,
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May 2014 Advocate – Part-timers eligible for unemployment

Posted April 28, 2014

PART TIMERS Part-time faculty eligible for unemployment insurance benefits during summer breaks All part-time faculty members should remember that you are eligible for unemployment compensation benefits during the summer break (and over the winter break), unless you are working another
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AFT 1493 President Addresses the ACCJC

Posted June 19, 2013

In July of 2012, the ACCJC (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges) asked City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to “show cause” to keep its accreditation. Their complaints were about financial planning, management, and documentation of assessment; they were
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March 20, 2013

Posted May 4, 2013

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Skyline College EC members present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan
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May 2014 Advocate – Board resolution expresses concern about ACCJC

Posted April 28, 2014

ACCREDITING COMMISSION Board passes resolution expressing concern about ACCJC’s “overly punitive” sanctions and calling for “a more collaborative spirit” Our District Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution, at their March 26th meeting, that expressed “its deep concern over the
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March 13, 2013

Posted April 29, 2013

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at CSM   EC members present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Nina Floro, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan (Exec. Secr.),
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April 2014 – DART planning two events

Posted March 19, 2014

Retirees DART planning two events for retirees & faculty by John Searle, DART President The District Association of Retired Teachers (commonly referred to as DART) is planning two events for the coming six months. We invite current faculty as well
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February 13, 2013

Posted April 29, 2013

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Skyline College EC members present: Chip Chandler, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan
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April 2014 Advocate – Letter to the Advocate

Posted March 19, 2014

LETTER TO THE ADVOCATE Appreciating the information on unemployment benefits Thank you for the ongoing helpful information you share with the CSM faculty, particularly the Adjunct community, who may not be included in all messages/events. I am in my 6th
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January 16, 2013

Posted April 29, 2013

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at Cañada College EC members present: Lin Bowie, Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Vicki Clinton, Salumeh Eslamieh, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer,
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DART planning two events

Posted March 19, 2014

Retirees   DART planning two events for retirees & faculty by John Searle, DART President The District Association of Retired Teachers (commonly referred to as DART) is planning two events for the coming six months. We invite current faculty as
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December 12, 2012

Posted April 29, 2013

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at CSM, Building 10, Room 468 (College Heights Conference Room) EC Members Present: Lin Bowie, Teeka James, Anne Stafford, Eric Brenner,
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November 14, 2012

Posted April 29, 2013

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting November 14, 2012, at Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6203 EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Masao Suzuki, Rebecca Webb, Sanda Everet, Michael Batchelder, Nina Floro,
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Message from CFT President

Posted December 15, 2012

This has been an amazing year and normally I would share with you information on the CFT’s numerous activities and campaigns. But that can wait until the New Year. In the aftermath of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut our
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April 2014 Advocate – New bill would reform accreditation

Posted March 19, 2014

IN THE NEWS New assembly bill would reform accreditation process  Assemblymember Rob Bonta has introduced AB 1942, a new bill sponsored by the CFT, that seeks to introduce transparency, due process, and accountability into the accreditation process for our colleges. Bonta described
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October 10, 2012

Posted December 3, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting October 10, 2012 at Cañada College, Building 3, Room 104 EC Members Present: Teeka James, Rebecca Webb, Masao Suzuki, Eric Brenner, Michelle Kern, Lin Bowie,
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September 12, 2012

Posted December 3, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting September 12, 2012 at CSM EC Members Present: Dan Kaplan, Teeka James, Lezlee Ware, Thomas Mohr, Victoria Clinton, Anne Stafford, Michelle Kern, Lin Bowie, Masao
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Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale

Posted November 29, 2012

An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality, narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki, written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of
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April 2014 Advocate – AFT supports Prop. 13 reform

Posted March 19, 2014

TAX REFORM & SCHOOL FUNDING AFT 1493 supports reform of Proposition 13 to require large commercial property owners to pay their fair share AFT Local 1493 recently passed a resolution that resolved that “the San Mateo Community College Federation of
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May 9, 2012

Posted October 14, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting May 9, 2012 at Skyline College EC Members Present: Lin Bowie, Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Nina Floro, Katharine
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CFT Voter eGuide

Posted October 8, 2012

Click on the link to go to the CFT Voter eGuide; then just type in your home address and you will be shown CFT’s recommendations for candidates and measures on your Nov. 6th local ballot, plus where to vote.
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April 11, 2012

Posted August 15, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting April 11, 2012 at Cañada College EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka
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“ACCJC Gone Wild”: Criticism of accreditors growing

Posted September 20, 2012

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
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March 14, 2012

Posted August 15, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting March 14, 2012 at CSM EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping
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April 2014 Advocate – AFT 1493 Elections in April

Posted March 19, 2014

AFT 1493 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AFT 1493 elections to take place in April; New leaders encouraged to run for office In mid-April AFT Local 1493 will be holding elections to determine the leadership of the Local for the next two years.
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February 12, 2012

Posted March 21, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting February 12, 2012 at Cañada College  EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Emily Munson,
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April 2014 Advocate – Performance Evaluation Task Force

Posted March 19, 2014

Performance Evaluation Task Force’s revision of faculty evaluation documents almost complete by Elizabeth Terzakis, PETF representative, AFT Local 1493 Cañada Chapter Co-Chair The Performance Evaluation Task Force (PETF) is entering the home stretch of its efforts to revise Appendix G,
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January 18, 2012

Posted March 21, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting January 18, 2012 at Cañada College  EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li,
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April 2014 Advocate – Skyline’s new media policy

Posted March 19, 2014

Faculty rights Skyline’s new media policy restricts employees’ right to free speech by Robert J. Bezemek, AFT Local 1493 attorney On March 12, 2014 Skyline College announced to employees its unilaterally adopted “Media Policy” designed to “protect” the college’s “brand
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December 7, 2011

Posted February 29, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting December 7, 2011 at CSM   EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping
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February 2014 Advocate – STRS

Posted February 5, 2014

RETIREMENT Assembly to Tackle CalSTRS Pension Liability On January 29 state Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, announced they would push to implement
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February 2014 Advocate – CCSF Accrediation

Posted February 5, 2014

CCSF ACCREDITATION What now for City College of San Francisco after the court injunction? By Lalo Gonzalez and Micheal Madden, CCSF students and activists in the Save CCSF Coalition After many months of grassroots mobilization to save City College of
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October 12, 2011

Posted February 29, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting October 12, 2011 at Cañada College EC Members Present: Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Nina Floro, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Lisa Suguitan
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September 14, 2011

Posted February 29, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting September 14, 2011 at College of San Mateo EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James,
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February 2014 Advocate – National Politics

Posted February 5, 2014

Seattle Community College Teacher elected to city council Socialist Kshama Sawant’s Win Signals New Openings for Political Change By Mark T. Harris, political commentator reporting from Seattle for The Advocate The city of Seattle has long benefited from the fresh
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September 7, 2011

Posted February 29, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting September 7, 2011 at College of San Mateo   EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James,
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February 2014 Advocate – Project Change at CSM

Posted February 5, 2014

FACULTY FOCUS Project Change at CSM: First program in county to bridge gap from incarceration to higher education By Katie Bliss, CSM English ProfessorSitting atop Tower Road off 92 in San Mateo is a newly renovated large and modern
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February 2014 Advocate – ACCJC

Posted February 5, 2014

ACCJC not showing openness to input in development of new accreditation standards No response from ACCJC at January meeting after librarians raise problems with Commission’s proposal to eliminate the current Substandard II.C.2 by Eric Brenner, Advocate EditorAs the Accrediting
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May 11, 2011

Posted February 29, 2012

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting May 11, 2011 at Skyline College EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan,
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April 13, 2011

Posted July 4, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting April 13, 2011 at Cañada College EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li,
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December 2013 Advocate – Part-Timers’ Rights

Posted December 9, 2013

Unemployment benefits available to adjuncts All Part-timers should remember that you are eligible for unemployment compensation benefits over the winter break and during the summer break, unless you are working another job between semesters or over the summer and you
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March 9, 2011

Posted July 4, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting March 9, 2011 at CSM EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica
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December 2013 Advocate – Union Scholarships

Posted December 9, 2013

Union college scholarships available to children of AFT 1493 members   The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study
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AFT 1493 E-News, September 13, 2011

Posted October 5, 2011

Dear Faculty Colleagues, As I said on Opening Day, the District and AFT 1493 negotiating teams reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) this summer for a new collective bargaining agreement, and, as I promised, the AFT Executive Committee (EC) considered this
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February 9, 2011

Posted March 3, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting February 9, 2011 at Skyline College   EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Alma Cervantes, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James,
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December 2013 Advocate – Letter to the Editor

Posted December 9, 2013

Letter to the Editor: “A lovely time” at anniversary party Dear AFT 1493 Advocate, Just wanted to say I had a really lovely time at the AFT 50th birthday party.  I could only stay till about 5:30, but while I
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How to Find Your G Number

Posted September 27, 2011

Go to WebSmart To login: In the User ID box, enter your Social Security Number (no dashes or spaces) For Pin number, enter you birth date–day month year (2 numbers for each, 6 numbers total, no dashes or
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January 19, 2011

Posted June 24, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting January 19, 2011 at Cañada College   EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li,
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December 2013 Advocate – Board election

Posted December 9, 2013

Holober and Mohr win Board seats On November 5, the two College District Board of Trustees candidates endorsed by AFT 1493–Richard Holober and Tom Mohr–were elected to the Board for the next four years.     Holober is now beginning his
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December 8, 2010

Posted March 3, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting December 8, 2010 at College of San Mateo   EC Members Present: Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan
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December 2013 Advocate – PETF

Posted December 9, 2013

Performance Evaluation Task Force: Next steps When the work of the Performance Evaluation Task Force is complete, AFT will be holding a faculty ratification vote on the new evaluation documents and procedures. The vote will take place during the Spring 2014
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November 10, 2010

Posted January 19, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting November 10, 2010 at Skyline College   EC Members Present:  Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer,
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Frequently Asked Questions

Posted September 27, 2011

Many faculty members have contacted AFT with questions regarding points made by Chancellor Galatolo in his recent e-mail to faculty. These questions and their answers are below. Question 1: Is it true, as AFT reported, that most of our
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October 13, 2010

Posted January 19, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting October 13, 2010 at Cañada College EC Members Present:  Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Sandi Raeber Dorsett, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer,
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December 2013 Advocate – New Part-Timer Reps

Posted December 9, 2013

Introducing Skyline’s new AFT 1493 Part-Timer Reps: Paul Rueckhaus and Janice Sapigao Ed. Note: Two new Part-timer Reps. from Skyline College–Paul Rueckhaus and Janice Sapigao–have joined AFT Local 1493’s Executive Committee this semester, so we asked them to introduce themselves.
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September 8, 2010

Posted January 19, 2011

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting September 8, 2010 at College of San Mateo EC Members Present:  Eric Brenner, Alma Cervantes, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Sandi Raeber Dorsett,
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December 2013 Advocate – 50th anniversary party

Posted December 9, 2013

AFT Local 1493 celebrates 50th anniversary with music, food and camaraderie by Dan Kaplan, AFT 1493 Executive Secretary AFT Local 1493 was granted its charter from the American Federation of Teachers on November 29, 1963, which means that the Local
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August 20, 2010

Posted October 10, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of Executive Committee Retreat August 20, 2010 at Cañada Vista Clubhouse   EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud,
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December 2013 Advocate – CSM Senate

Posted December 9, 2013

CSM Senate opposes ACCJC’s decision to revoke CCSF’s accreditation   The CSM Academic Senate on November 26 unanimously endorsed a statement (shown below) in opposition to the decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) to revoke
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“March in March”

Posted March 10, 2011

Rally in Sacramento: March 14, 2011 Plan to go to the state capitol Monday, March 14, to protest education cuts and join the national fight-back against right-wing attacks on public workers!photo from last year’s “March in March” by David McLain
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May 12, 2010

Posted May 13, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting May 12, 2010 at Skyline College EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Alma Cervantes, Chip Chandler, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan,
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December 2013 Advocate – ASCCC and ACCJC

Posted December 9, 2013

Statewide Academic Senate calls on ACCJC to improve processes and become more transparent and open by Doug Hirzel, Cañada College Academic Senate President On October 24 each of our three colleges received very positive reports from the ACCJC’s visiting teams. 
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April 14, 2010

Posted April 14, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting April 14, 2010 at Cañada College EC Members Present: Ron Brown, Alma Cervantes, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka
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December 2013 Advocate – Adjuncts and Obamacare

Posted December 8, 2013

Two Generations of Adjunct Professors Explore Covered California by Lin Bowie, CSM EC Rep. and Biology Professor, and Caroline Bowie Stockhus, CSM English Professor The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, may be good news for adjunct faculty. As
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The Advocate – February 2011

Posted February 9, 2011

Brown proposes to cut $400 million for community colleges and raise student fees by almost 40% More cuts to come if voters don’t support extending tax increases by Masao Suzuki, Skyline, AFT 1493 Executive Committee Co-Rep. Governor Brown is proposing
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March 17, 2010

Posted April 15, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting March 17, 2010 at CSM EC Members Present: Alma Cervantes, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping
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November 2013 Advocate

Posted October 24, 2013

Eight Days a Week First of a two-part report on the AFT 1493 Workload Survey by Teeka James, AFT Local 1493 President As you probably recall, last semester AFT 1493 asked faculty to share their perceptions of the workaday life
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February 10, 2010

Posted April 15, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting February 10, 2010,  at Skyline EC Members Present: Eric Brenner, Ron Brown, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping
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October 2013 Advocate

Posted October 1, 2013

CONTRACT RATIFICATION Faculty vote to support new contract by over 98% District faculty voted overwhelmingly to ratify the new contract agreement by a vote of 277 (98.57%) to 4 (1.43%) in the online vote that took place from Tuesday, September
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January 20, 2010

Posted February 15, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting January 20, 2010 at Cañada Present: Eric Brenner, Ron Brown, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica
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May 2013 Advocate

Posted May 9, 2013

 Report MOOCs? In SMCCCD? Faculty discuss pros and cons of MOOCs at District Senate forum On Wednesday April 24, the District Academic Senate hosted a discussion for district faculty on issues related to the possible offering of MOOCs (massive
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The Advocate – December 2010

Posted October 26, 2010

  Part-time faculty to vote this week on State Disability Insurance Part-time faculty in the District will vote this week and next on whether to participate in the California State Disability Insurance Program. The District and AFT Local 1493 agreed
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December 9, 2009

Posted February 15, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting December 9, 2009 at CSM Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Sandi
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March 2013 Advocate

Posted April 29, 2013

Universal health care still a pipe dream: The Affordable Care Act and SMCCCD faculty by Rebecca Webb, AFT 1493 CSM Chapter Co-Chair The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was introduced by President Obama during his first term, and passed Congress in
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November 18, 2009

Posted February 15, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting November 18, 2009 at Skyline College Present: Eric Brenner, Ron Brown, Alma Cervantes, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James,
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February 2013 Advocate

Posted April 29, 2013

Faculty participation vital on workload survey Union needs documentation to support negotiations Does it feel like the list of things you’re asked to do keeps growing every semester?  Are you serving on more committees than you used to?  Are part-timers
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October 14, 2009

Posted February 15, 2010

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting October 14, 2009 at Cañada College Present: Eric Brenner, Ron  Brown, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Sandi Raeber, Joaquin Rivera,
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December 2012 Advocate

Posted December 5, 2012

AFT members’ campaigning contributes to historic victories in California elections Prop 30 passes, Prop 32 defeated, Democrats gain supermajority On November 6th, California voters passed Proposition 30, deciding that it’s time to invest in our state’s future again. As a
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September 9, 2009

Posted December 16, 2009

San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT 1493 Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting September 9, 2009, CSM Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler , Victoria Clinton, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Karen
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October 2012 Advocate

Posted October 27, 2012

Part-time faculty see need to move towards “parity” with comparable full-time pay rates by Victoria Clinton & Sandi Raeber Dorsett, AFT 1493 Part-Time Faculty Negotiating Team Members One of the items indicated as high priority by part-time faculty for our
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September 2012 Advocate

Posted September 20, 2012

  Contract settlement and ratification vote: two huge successes for the union Last month (August 2012), faculty resoundingly approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (also known as “the Contract”), which will be in force until June 30, 2015. Out of
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May 2012 Advocate

Posted May 11, 2012

Contract Negotiations AFT and District present cases to Fact Finding panel, will meet one more time on June 11 On May 1 and 2, AFT Local 1493 went to Fact Finding* with administrators in the San Mateo Community College District.
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March 2012 Advocate

Posted March 20, 2012

  AFT article on SLOs in syllabi and in faculty evaluations prompts significant faculty response The front page article in the February 2012 issue of The Advocate, titled “SLOs creep into syllabi and faculty evaluations in violation of contract and
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Skyline Chapter: AFT at a Glance: March 2010

Posted March 9, 2010

FLASH UPDATE!!! March 2010 SKYLINE CHAPTER: AFT AT A GLANCE Bringing the Latest Union News to Skyline Faculty PUSH FOR BINDING ARBITRATION BEGINS Dear Skyline Colleagues, Over the past months, AFT 1493 has published in The Advocate a number of
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February 2012 Advocate

Posted February 14, 2012

SLOs creep into syllabi and faculty evaluations in violation of contract and academic freedom by Teeka James, AFT 1493 Co-Vice President, CSM At the beginning of this semester, faculty across the District received email messages from their deans that were
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February 11, 2009

Posted November 1, 2009

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting February 11, 2009, Skyline Present: Eric Brenner, Ron Brown, Chip Chandler, Alma Cervantes, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Monica Malamud, Karen Olesen, Sandi Raeber, Anne Stafford, Elizabeth Terzakis, Lezlee Ware Guests:
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December 2011 Advocate

Posted November 29, 2011

NEGOTIATIONS AFT presents revised proposal; District refuses to negotiate; case now goes to fact-finding The AFT Negotiating Team returned to the bargaining table to resume negotiations with a state-appointed mediator on Wednesday, Nov. 16th. Our goal was to achieve equity
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January 21, 2009

Posted January 26, 2010

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting January 21, 2009, Cañada College Present: Eric Brenner, Ron Brown, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Alma Cervantes, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Karen Olesen, Sandi Raeber, Anne Stafford, Elizabeth Terzakis,
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November 2011 Advocate

Posted October 25, 2011

Faculty votes down Tentative Agreement;Frustrated teachers say they are “outraged,” “appalled” By Katharine Harer, AFT 1493 Vice President and Negotiating Team Member Faculty responded resoundingly – voting by nearly 80% not to ratify the Tentative Agreement of the new contract
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December 10, 2008

Posted January 26, 2010

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting December 10, 2008, at CSM Present: Eric Brenner, Ron Brown, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Karen Olesen, Sandi Raeber, Joaquin Rivera, Anne Stafford, Elizabeth Terzakis
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September 2011 Advocate

Posted September 21, 2011

Executive Committee to submit tentative contract agreement to faculty vote with no recommendation The following message was sent to all faculty in an E-News on September 13. A faculty vote on the Tentative Agreement will take place by the end
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Teach-In: CSM: Feb. 3 & 4, 2010

Posted February 1, 2010

Higher fees ($32/unit) . . Cuts to programs and services . . Fewer classes & longer wait lists . . Fewer faculty and staff . .  IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK! SAVE COMMUNITY COLLEGES TEACH-IN SCHEDULE CSM THEATER WED FEB
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November 12, 2008

Posted January 26, 2010

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting November 12, 2008, at Skyline College Present: Eric Brenner, Ron Brown, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Alma Cervantes, Nina Floro, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Karen Olesen, Anne Stafford, Elizabeth Terzakis Guests:
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May 2011 Advocate

Posted May 3, 2011

Budget cuts: The good, the bad, and the ugly By Masao Suzuki, AFT 1493 Skyline Chapter Co-Chair With the deadline now passed for a summer vote to extend taxes to balance the budget, the odds of an all-cuts state budget
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Teach-In: Cañada College: Feb. 3 & 4, 2010

Posted February 1, 2010

TEACH-IN! Public Education and the California Budget Cuts; Save Cañada College Wednesday, February 3, 2010 8-10am-(Bldg. 3-room 142) – Librarian Dave Patterson on the History of Community Colleges/Open Forum. 10am-12 noon-(Bldg. 3-room 142) — Next Steps: College Students and Workers
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October 8, 2008

Posted January 27, 2010

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting October 8, 2008 at Cañada College   Present: Eric Brenner, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Karen Olesen, Sandra Raeber, Joaquin Rivera, Katie Schertle, Dietra
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March 2011 Advocate

Posted March 16, 2011

Thousands rally at capitol against education cuts by Elizabeth Terzakis, Cañada Chapter Co-Chair Two hundred and fifty buses full of college students from all over the state of California converged on Sacramento on March 14 for the yearly March on
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September 10, 2008

Posted January 27, 2010

Minutes of General Membership/Executive Committee Meeting September 10, 2008 at CSM Present: Eric Brenner, Ron Brown, Alma Cervantes, Chip Chandler, Victoria Clinton, Dave Danielson, Nina Floro, Katharine Harer, Teeka James, Dan Kaplan, Yaping Li, Monica Malamud, Karen Olesen, Sandra Raeber,
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AFT 1493 Endorsement – March 2011

Posted March 16, 2011

AFT 1493 Executive Committee endorses Richard Holober for County Supervisor At its December 2010 meeting, the AFT Local 1493 Executive Committee agreed to endorse Richard Holober, currently the President of the SMCCD Board of Trustees, in his campaign for County
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Introducing New AFT 1493 Leaders

Posted March 16, 2011

Rebecca Webb, CSM Part-Timer Rep. Rebecca Webb became a CSM Part-Timer Co-Representative to the AFT 1493 Executive Committee last semester. We asked her to introduce herself to Advocate readers. Her introduction is below. -ed. I have been a part-time English
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CSM Candlelight Vigil – November 23

Posted December 9, 2009

On Monday evening, November 23, CSM faculty, students and staff organized a candlelight vigil. CSM’s PR website explained that the goal of the event was “to show our support for one another and our solidarity with those working to combat
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Highlighting Our Faculty – March 2011

Posted March 16, 2011

Skyline’s ASTEP Math Academy makes a difference in students’ lives to help them achieve academic success “I am committed to my learning. I am responsible to myself, my classmates, my instructors and my community. I am worthy.”– Skyline College
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SB 114

Posted March 16, 2011

SB 114: Transparency in pay for adjuncts: An approach to achieving equal pay for equal work by Judith Michaels, CFT Legislative Director San Mateo Community College district gives adjunct faculty no salary placement credit for advanced degrees or further professional
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From the Part-Timer’s Perspective – March 2011

Posted March 16, 2011

The New Faculty Majority and SB 114 by Margaret Hanzimanolis,AFT 1493 Part-time Faculty Organizer Ed. note: This is the inaugural installment of “From the Part-Timers’ Perspective,” which will be a regular Advocate column by Margaret Hanzimanolis, AFT 1493’s new Part-time
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An interview with a Madison teacher

Posted March 16, 2011

A personal view of Wisconsin teachers’ fight for collective bargaining rights By Teeka James, AFT 1493 Co-Vice President, accompanying photos by Jennifer James My sister and brother-in-law are secondary school teachers in the Madison Metropolitan School District. Jenny teaches art
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President’s Letter – March 2011

Posted March 16, 2011

Attacks on collective bargaining undermine a basic right for employees: a voice at work by Monica Malamud, AFT 1493 President For several weeks now, we’ve been hearing the grim news about the Wisconsin Governor’s scheme to strip public sector workers,
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Negotiations Update – March 2011

Posted March 16, 2011

Your AFT Negotiating Team has been working for more than a year to hammer out an agreement with the District.  As you know, given the drastic state of funding to education, many school districts have taken drastic measures:  furloughs, salary
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Thousands rally at capitol against education cuts

Posted March 16, 2011

by Elizabeth Terzakis, Cañada Chapter Co-Chair Two hundred and fifty buses full of college students from all over the state of California converged on Sacramento on March 14 for the yearly March on March in support of public education. The
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